LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — PennDOT says there will be a closure on Interstate 81 in the southbound direction Thursday night into Friday morning.

According to PennDOT, I-81 South will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. between exits 178 (Avoca) to 175 (Dupont/Pittston) to remove beams from the Suscon Bridge.

The detour placed during those times is detailed below:

  • Take exit 178 (Avoca) to State Route 315 to the I-81 on-ramp in Avoca

Some people who live nearby have concerns about the ongoing project.

“The traffic continued to ignore the posted signs and came up the hill, blocking the road, running over mailboxes, running into people’s yards. That’s the big deal that’s going on right now,” expressed John Fagotti, of Pittston Township.

“A lot of our bridges and roads in this area were built in the 1960s, so they’re 60 years old. It’s time for a new bridge here,” stated Jessica Ruddy, Community Relations Coordinator at PennDOT District 4

Drivers can check current road conditions by visiting 511PA.