WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The traffic cones were out again across Wilkes-Barre Thursday as more road projects got underway.
A highly traveled patch of Scott Street was down to one lane for hours today.
Many drivers heading to downtown Wilkes-Barre found themselves stuck in delays on Scott Street but they were still glad to see crews out
“Has it been really bad here for a while? Oh gosh yes. Probably over a year,” said Rich Kreitzer, of Hanover Township.
Between Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, this stretch of Scott Street has seen a lot of temporary work in the last few years.
“They’ve been paving the holes here and there. It’s the first time in a long time that being paved,” stated Abraham Dabsheh, of Sahara Auto Sales.
Traffic has been growing in this area as school has started back and that’s on top of the already heavy traffic.
“It’s a main road. Anybody coming here from navigation directs you here to downtown. This is the number one road to downtown from the highway, and the easiest,” explained Dabsheh.
But local businesses are also concerned about how long the new road may last thanks to poor drainage in the area.
“They’re doing good. Except for that rain. When the rain comes it’s a pool, it’s not a pool is an ocean,” said Dabsheh.
“A lot of the sewer drains in the city are blocked with garbage and trees,” stated Kelly Bell, of Wilkes-Barre
Regardless of the inconvenience everyone was just happy to see some progress.
“It is about time there’s a lot of roads in Wilkes-Barre that need fixing. So it is definitely about time,” said Bell.
“They got to do a lot more streets before winter. There’s a lot of them that need it,” stated Kreitzer.
Projects like Scott Street are part of Wilkes-Barre’s long-term street repaving projects that will continue over the next few months.