I-81 North On-ramp At River Street In Scranton To Close For 60 Days
SCRANTON — Motorists who use River Street in South Scranton to access Interstate 81 North will soon have to find another way.
The state Department of Transportation plans to close the I-81 North on-ramp at River Street in about two weeks while a contractor repairs a bridge on Moosic Street that goes over the northbound lanes of the interstate.
The ramp is expected to be shut down for 60 days, said James May, spokesman for PennDOT’s district office in Dunmore.
The on-ramp to I-81 South at River Street will not be affected by the work, he said.
May said it may seem odd that the northbound ramp is closing when PennDOT is doing no work on either River Street or the ramp itself.
However, because of the work on the bridge on Moosic Street, there will not be enough room for northbound vehicles attempting to enter I-81 from the ramp to merge into traffic without coming to a stop or endangering personnel working the bridge project, May said.
“It’s really a safety concern,” he said.
Motorists will still be able to access I-81 North via the Central Scranton Expressway from either the Spruce Street complex or Cedar Avenue.
May said the bridge on Moosic Street is an older span that is due for repairs to its underside and some preventative maintenance.
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