UPDATE: Part of Interstate 81 South Back Open After Bridge Work

UPDATE: Interstate 81 south in Lackawanna County reopened around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

SCOTT TOWNSHIP -- A section of Interstate 81 south in Lackawanna County is scheduled to close Tuesday evening and remain closed until Wednesday morning. It's all part of an ongoing bridge project.

The closure is part of the Edella Road Bridge replacement in South Abington Township. Crews are working to put four beams into place for the new bridge that goes over the interstate.

At 8 p.m., crews will close Interstate 81 south at the Waverly exit (197) and a detour will take drivers from Route 632 to Route 347 to Business Route 6 in Dickson City and back onto I-81 at exit 191.

"I think it's horrible. I really do, with all of the detours that are going on especially in this area. They've been working on this on and off for years already,” said Cathy Archibald of Kingsley.

Some say the detour isn't so bad, although it will be slow going for all the interstate traffic on those state routes.

"I travel the road all the time and I don't think it's a problem. The only difference is if anyone messes up, everyone is going to be stuck,” said Don Batzel of East Benton.

"The frustration level is high, and with road rage being a part of the culture anymore, it's just one more added frustration,” said Archibald.

The interstate is expected to reopen around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Then on June 17, crews are scheduled to do more beam work that will close the northbound lanes along that same stretch of the interstate.

That work will also be done at night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

PennDOT expects the Edella Road bridge to be complete by August.

2 comments

  • Sam I Am

    The work is being done @ night from 8-6AM, which means that the road was closed after most get out of work and open before the AM rush, and still people complain.
    Maybe penndot could get Jeanie or Samantha to blink or nod and get it done sooner.

  • Stinky

    Pendot is the worst. They must promote the most incompetent DMV employees to work for Pendot. There must be some crazy Ron Swason type guy running the show. They clearly don’t care about doing their jobs properly.

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