New Transportation Plan Accelerates Resurfacing for Main Avenue in Scranton

Published 08/01 2014 01:20AM

Updated 08/01 2014 01:21AM

PennDOT’s Dunmore-based Engineering District 4 today announced that repair work will begin Friday, August 1, weather permitting, on a five-mile section of Route 3013 (Main Avenue) in Scranton thanks to the state’s new transportation plan.

As part of a $4.6 million contract to resurface various roads in Lackawanna County, Popple Construction has been upgrading curb-cut ramps on Route 307 (Morgan Highway), Route 3011 (Keyser Avenue), Route 4026 (Grove Street) and Route 3013 (Main Avenue) in preparation for paving that will start later this year and continue until September 2015. 

 Main Avenue was previously scheduled to be paved at the end of the project, but an additional $500,000 investment from Act 89 is allowing work to begin on August 1 to resurface the road from the Scranton/Taylor line to Providence Road in Scranton. 

 Throughout the 10 days of work, the Scranton Police will enforce a parking ban along the road to allow construction crews to be able to work in an efficient manner. Because this is a moving operation that involves detailed work around numerous utility drains, all work must be completed during daylight hours. Travelers are advised to be alert for this operation, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but also for the safety of the road crews.

 In the spring of 2015, when the curb-cuts are installed, small portions of the new pavement will need to be removed in order to complete the work. At that time an additional one-inch layer of asphalt will be placed on the road as well, enhancing this year’s much-needed repairs.  

 More than 17,000 cars travel on this part of Main Avenue every day.

 In April, Governor Tom Corbett announced that statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89.

By its fifth year, Act 89 will generate an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion a year in added statewide transportation investment across all modes. 

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