Digital Exclusive: Surface mill-and-pave not enough for Blakely’s potholes

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BLAKELY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — While potholes are a familiar sight in our area, one stretch of pavement in northeastern Pennsylvania has been generating complaints for years. 

“For Blakely and Archbald and all the towns that are affected by it, it would be a complete restoration of the road. It’s in very bad shape,” said Chris Paone, Borough Manager of Blakely.

Paone says Main Street needs to be completely excavated.

“The base of the road is in disrepair. It would really need to be taken down six to 10 inches with a new base and then new topcoat pavement,” said Paone.

The conditions are affecting the many drivers that travel Main Street each day.

“The worst would be from “The Anchor” at West Lackawanna Avenue, right up Main Street until you hit Kennedy Drive in Archbald,” said Paone.

Paone sent an email to the Lackawanna County Commissioners to voice his concerns, and it was addressed in a commissioners’ meeting last week.

“I will talk to Director Lukosick about what is the total amount needed to do exactly what the borough manager from Blakely is asking and get back to you, and first try to find the money if in case we have it through grant money or liquid fuels or anything like that,” said Brian Jeffers, Chief of Staff, Lackawanna County Commissioners.

The Commissioners are planning to look into the matter.

“This is something to do with PennDOT approval. I think this has been something that’s been ongoing for quite a long time,” said Jerry Notarianni, Lackawanna County Commissioner.

Paone says he has even received reports of finding 100-year-old brick and railroad ties underneath Main Street. 

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