DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – PennDOT is looking to make safety improvements to a busy road in Lackawanna County.
Main Street in Dickson City is used by thousands of drivers every day.
PennDOT held a public meeting Tuesday evening at the borough building to bring together residents and business owners.
Officials explained what its plans are and also answered questions.
PennDOT has been working on a Main Street improvement project for several years.
The agency wants to make traffic flow more smoothly and residents say it is something that’s greatly needed.
Main Street in Dickson City is filled with businesses, homes and a lot of traffic.
“It’s quite the bottleneck. It’s quite the bottleneck the way it’s set up!” Tom Graham said.
Tom Graham works at a mattress company and has a front row seat to the daily problems.
“People are very impatient. They can’t wait for the light. They’re always beeping and trying to go around, one car goes around another car!” Graham said.
PennDOT is now looking to make improvements here.
One of the areas it’s focusing on is the nearly five-way intersection of Boulevard Avenue, Storrs Street and Main Street by the NBT Bank.
The big headache is with only two lanes of traffic on Main Street, if someone wants to turn left onto Boulevard Avenue, it can back everyone up.
That is why PennDOT is now looking to widen Main Street to create a turning lane for cars going left onto Boulevard Avenue from Main Street.
“It’s going to make traffic flow a lot smoother,” Dickson City borough manager Cesare Forconi said. “People will be able to make the left hand turn and people will still be able to go straight on Main (Street) without being blocked behind other vehicles.”
Residents say they’re glad traffic issues are being looked at.
“It’s hard to even cross the street at times because people do not want to let you cross because they don’t want to miss the light or their chance to turn. It’s always backed up here!” Kamie Hanson said.
PennDOT is also looking at the possibility of a new light at the intersection of Main Street and Shady Lane where the borough building, police, fire and ambulance companies are all located.
“It’s very much needed, yes, it’s very much needed,” Graham said.
Details on exactly what will be included in the Main Street Improvement project is still being finalized.
That is why PennDOT held its public meeting Tuesday night with residents and business owners to get their suggestions.
PennDOT says contractors for the project will most likely be hired next year with construction beginning at some point in 2020.