Pennsylvania American Water Expecting To Finish Repaving Streets Soon

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WILKES-BARRE -- Pennsylvania American Water has finished replacing more than two miles of pipes in Wilkes-Barre. However, many streets are still ripped up, and that has a lot of people in some Wilkes-Barre neighborhoods frustrated.

PA American Water was supposed to have the streets in Wilkes-Barre repaved in either late July or early August, but on Sheldon Street, there are potholes and pipes still sticking out of it. The water company says things like the weather and businesses wanting the work to be done only on weekends delayed the project.

To date, only one street has been fully repaved, along Chapel Street in Wilkes-Barre.

“It's very important for us to get in there to proactively replace these. Many, many of the pipes are more than 100 years old,” said Susan Turcmanovich of Pennsylvania American Water.

People believe the ripped up streets, like on South Welles, that were left in disrepair for months have damaged their vehicles.

"We bottom out when you hit the bumps and stuff, and the potholes and stuff,” said Brian Bialek.

“I hit the pothole too wrong. I'm going up and down. It messed up my shocks and suspension,” said Emmanuel Williams.

Officials from Pennsylvania American Water point out they haven't received any complaints of damaged vehicles.

“If there were any issues from the work, they can call our customer service and they can answer questions for them,” Turcmanovich said.

South Welles Street is now expected to be repaved within the next two weeks.