Power Line Work Could Mean Traffic Tie-Ups

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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP -- This week, crews will be connecting the dots on a new power line that will run from our area all the way to New Jersey.  As you can imagine, that's quite a feat and several busy roads in Lackawanna County will be shut down because of it.

PAR Electric will be stringing power lines for the new Susquehanna Roseland line this week. They'll do it all in the air using a helicopter but it could still mean some serious traffic headaches down on the ground. Over the course of the week, four major roads will be shut down in Lackawanna County.

If you live in Lackawanna County, there's a good chance you've noticed the massive power poles cutting right through the county.  You might wonder about the logistics of connecting them all with power lines.

It won't be an easy feat. Workers from PAR Electric will string the lines using helicopters, flying high over the major artery roads in and out of South Abington Township.

It won't be easy for drivers either.

"A major nightmare, there will be a lot of traffic backup, there will be a lot of people unhappy. It's a project that needs to be done and I don't think there's anything the township can do but keep it as smooth as possible. But it’s going to be a nightmare,” said South Abington Township manager Dave O’Neill.

O’Neill says the township's police have been asked to control the traffic situation. According to PennDOT, Routes 6 and 11 near the notch and the Morgan Highway near Lahey Family Fun Park will be shut down Tuesday at 9 a.m. There will be rolling road blocks on the Northeast Extension of the Turnpike.

Interstate 81 will shut down for 15 minute intervals on Thursday.

When the helicopters are in the air, PennDOT officials are anticipating big problems down on the ground. They're estimating a 10-mile backup in both directions on Interstate 81.

Because of the closures, realtors from Realty Network Group in South Abington Township are considering working from home this week.

"As a realtor, you're not really making money unless you're out on the road showing those properties. So, we will have to notify our agents of the shut down,” said Ann Cappellini with Realty Network Group.

Staying home seemed to be a popular option for people who live in the Clarks Summit area, since this week there will be now easy way in or out.

"I'm supposed to meet someone at the University of Scranton on Thursday for a luncheon lecture but I don't think I'm going to go because it will be just too complicated to get there,” said Kathleen Quinn of Glenburn.

PennDOT officials say the majority of the work will be done Tuesday and Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Shutdowns on the highways are expected to last 15 minutes.


  • Mario

    Couple things, The first commenter is a moron. A special kind of moron. Second thing, they are not shutting off power…..for ANYONE….at all. and NOWHERE in this article or others does it say that.

    • MypowerWAScut

      Actually, we were sent a letter saying power would be “cut” all day because of whatever they are doing (including heat and water). Thankfully, it’s not a 30 degree day. I have an elderly grandmother and an infant living with me and no heat and no water for an entire day is not a good thing.
      The person who decided to do this in December is the one who is a “special kind of moron”.
      I don’t see why commentors have to resort to personal bashing. It’s very juvenile. Why is it so difficult to state an opinion without cutting down someone who has a different opinion?

  • IdiotsRUsAtPPLandPAR

    I want to know who the genius is who thought it would be a good idea to do this project in DECEMBER, leaving the elderly and those with infants and young children stuck for a whole day with no power, which equals no HEAT and no WATER. You couldn’t have done this in say, July, so people aren’t left without heat and water in the FREEZING COLD?!?!?! Boy, you sure deserve a medal. FOR STUPIDITY!

    • john

      They’re building a new power line. I don’t see anywhere where it says they are cutting power to the existing line to do so. I’m thinking the children will be fine.

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