SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — PennDOT announced that work is underway and there are lane restrictions on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County for the installation of “President Joseph R. Biden Expressway” signage.
On Wednesday lane restrictions were in place in the northbound lanes from mile markers 183 to 184 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the sign installation. On Thursday, lane restrictions will be in place southbound during the same hours from mile marker 184 to 185. On October 4 the restrictions will be at the exit 185 off ramp.
Scranton City Council unanimously voted in July for the Central Scranton Expressway and Spruce Street to be renamed after President Biden. The expressway will be named “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Expressway” or “Biden Expressway” for short. Spruce Street will also be changed to “Biden Street”.
President Biden was born in Scranton in 1942. He lived on Washington Avenue, in the city’s Green Ridge section, until he was 10 years old and moved to Wilmington, Delaware.
As a child, Biden played baseball at Crowley Park, near his Washington Avenue home and with the Greenridge Little League on Olyphant Avenue. His father is on the league charter as one of the organizers.
Many childhood friends of Biden’s still reside in Scranton. They described him as a regular guy, a good neighbor and a born leader. He kept a close connection with his Scranton friends even after moving to Delaware.
The former mayor of Scranton, Jimmy Connors, was congratulated by Biden while he was Barack Obama’s vice president. Connors supported Biden throughout the 2008 campaign.
Now city mayor, Paige Cognetti, said Biden’s 2020 win was personal. She worked in the Biden-Obama administration in the treasury department as a senior advisor in international affairs.
“He called and said how excited he would be to work with us during these next four years,” Cognetti told Eyewitness News in January.