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Around-the-Clock Work Planned on Jefferson Township Bridge

PennDOT is planning around-the-clock work this weekend on a bridge that needs repair in Lackawanna County.
Part of a busy road near the Lackawanna-Wayne county line will be off-limits to all drivers this weekend.

PennDOT is planning around-the-clock repair work on a bridge on Route 348 in Jefferson Township, near Mount Cobb.

The bridge closed at 6:00 PM Friday night. It is not expected to reopen until 6:00 AM on Monday morning.

Even before the bridge was closed Friday afternoon, preliminary work had already started.

Contractors will spend all weekend replacing the bridge just past the Smokin' Joes shop.

"Thank God it's only the weekend but you have to go all the way around now, about seven miles out of your way," Bill Barna of Jefferson Township said.

PennDOT is trying something that they don't normally do for bridge replacement projects.

Instead of making the repairs over a three-month period and keeping the bridge open but down to one-lane during that time, contractors will work 24-hours a day and get the job done in three days.

"I think that's better that they come in and get it done with," John Ligi of Jefferson Township said. "It's better than what they're doing at the end of this road where it's going to be shut down for a year."

John Ligi lives right next to the bridge and says school officials planned ahead for both Friday and Monday.

"The school actually sent out a message that they'll be picking up the children in a remote area and its been planned with all the parents that they'll be dropping off and picking up, so I don't really see a problem with that either," Ligi said.

With the bridge closed, the detour is now marked.

It involves Wimmers Road to Route 590 towards Hamlin.

"The people know their way around. The poor devils that are reading a map from out of town, they might get confused but just stop and ask us. We'll tell you what to do," Henry Stout of Madison Township said.

"It is what it is. You've gotta live with it. It's not too bad," Barna said.
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