Downtown paving project impacts drivers and businesses

Work in Scranton to continue next week

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - If you're driven anywhere in downtown Scranton the last few days you probably haven't been able to avoid it.

Contractors have started milling and paving several high-traffic streets, stalling drivers and impacting several small businesses.

The city of Scranton is in the middle of one of its biggest paving projects in recent history.

From East Mountain to Green Ridge and West Scranton, almost every corner of the city will see some paving but in downtown Scranton many people wonder why the work has to be done during the day.

Road crews were ripping up pavement along Spruce Street Friday.

While the work slowed down drivers, people like Christine Kennedy call it a necessary evil.

"Everybody's been complaining about the potholes and the winter is coming and we need them done!" Christine Kennedy said.

With work going on right outside, the lunch rush at Tequila Bar seemed to take a hit.

"It does take up all our parking spots so people will just drive right by if there isn't any parking available," Tequila bar manager Laurie Kester said.

John Davis of Lake Ariel was one of the first customers to stop by Tequila.

He had to park several blocks away.

"It looks like they've been needing this for a while so I think it'll probably help in the long run," John Davis said.

That is also the feeling of Mark Bonfiglio too.

As co-owner of Note Fragrances, he admits the roadwork is a disruption but he says it is worth it.

"It's very loud. People are having trouble parking but at the end of the day it's going to improve the drive in, the drive out and make it smoother," Mark Bonfiglio said.

Mayor Bill Courtright says while his office has gotten some complaints, most people are supportive of the paving progress.

He also explained why the work isn't being done at night.

"When we did our paving last year in the downtown, we did do it at night but when you do night time paving you pay a premium," Mayor Bill Courtright said.

The mayor says some of this latest road work will take place at night.

The alleys behind Scranton City Hall and the federal courthouse are both expected to be repaved in the coming weeks and the mayor says that work will take place overnight.

 


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