PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — If you drove northbound on Interstate 81 between Wilkes-Barre and the Dupont area on Tuesday, it probably took you a while.
Route 315 in Pittston Township was almost as congested as I-81 earlier in the day.
The roadwork that PennDOT was doing caused big backups for drivers headed north out of Wilkes-Barre.
Traffic stopped over and over again along a busy section of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County.
“Traffic was a standstill so I don’t know what’s going on with that.”
PennDOT was setting beams on a bridge that takes the interstate over Route 315 near Dupont as part of a $27.7 million project. The work is going on in the area where crews are rebuilding the airport interchange.
The bridge work forced crews to close one lane of northbound traffic and led to a lot of frustrated drivers.
“I was thinking I’m going to be late for work, so I just want to get there. I’m sick of being in my Jeep,” said Laura Feudale of Hanover Township.
Drivers we spoke with said they were getting irritated. Some tried alternate routes to avoid this traffic altogether.
“If I’m going back, I’m not going that way. I’m taking the turnpike,” said John Habeeb of Clarks Summit.
Lots of drivers took to the Pennsylvania Turnpike or Route 315 to get around the interstate. That left those roads congested, too.
“I just think they should do it at night, so then I don’t get caught in it.”
PennDOT officials say work will continue with the bridge project later this summer.
They say drivers will not have to deal with the backup from any more bridge work this week.