SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Construction season has arrived and with that, spring paving in the city of Scranton is now underway.
The gas tax most of us pay at the pump is being put to use, repairing miles of roads here in Scranton.
“We all know that all roads lead to Scranton but also our roads in Scranton need a tremendous amount of work,” said Mayor of Scranton Paige Cognetti.
From rough roads to being smoothed, pavement started being laid in Scranton’s East Mountain region on Friday.
“Alignment problems, got flat tires in some of the pot holes, so yeah it’s going to be worth it. It’s like an early Christmas present in a way!” said Kendra Lewis of Scranton.
Lewis has not experienced those extensive car troubles of her own. However, the roads in the city haven’t been favorable.
“I am so looking forward to not having me feel like my teeth are jarring out of my mouth, believe me,” said Lewis.
“These roads are based on a priority basis so they are desperately needed, they were desperately needed last year. Unfortunately because of the pandemic we had to delay that,” said Tom Preambo, director of the Scranton Department of Public Works.
Preambo says in the city’s spring 2021 paving improvement project, sections of these 25 streets will be milled and paved by the end of May.
“The levels start at from very poor, to poor, to fair conditions and its a very analytical approach that we take to selecting the streets and spending the taxpayer dollars wisely,” he said.
“What are those access roads to hospitals, what are those access roads to schools. We need to make sure that we are prioritizing the roads that people use the most. Especially our children and older adults,” said Mayor Cognetti.
$995,000 is the cost of the first out of three phases.
“I wish we could do every single road. It is expensive. We need to do it in the most cost efficient way possible,” said the mayor.
“Along with this and replacing the road signs, street signs, it’s going to be basically a really beautiful addition to the city,” said Lewis.
The city of Scranton has $800,000 more to complete a similar size project in the fall. Plus, $900,000 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to complete full restorations.
In all by the end of the year, sections of more than 75 streets will be paved.
The most up to date information can be found on the Scranton website.