Community Supports Division Street Bridge Replacement
HANOVER TWP. — Cynthia Hanusofski wishes Hanover Twp. and Wilkes-Barre had worked together to fix the Division Street bridge.
If they had, it might already have made her trip to Family Dollar on Saturday that much more convenient.
Hanusofski, 52, of Wilkes-Barre, was walking to Carey Avenue for grocery shopping. Her route took her down Division Street and right past the spot where a bridge once was and will be again, crossing Solomon Creek.
“It should have actually been done two years ago. So hurry up, boys. That’s what I say. Hurry up, boys. Get it done,” she said.
A $1.7 million state grant to Hanover Twp. will pay for a new bridge. The project will go out for bid in the spring of 2019 and reopening the bridge should be a two-year process, Luzerne County Manager David Pedri said Friday at a press conference announcing the news.
The bridge has been closed since 2010 after it partially collapsed and was demolished in 2014, so Brendon Salt, who has lived off Division Street for two years, has never known his neighborhood with it intact.
“It’s a minor inconvenience. But the biggest thing is, to live here and not be able to walk to Turkey Hill, that’s the inconvenience. Say you don’t feel like wasting gas or you’re thinking about the economy, or whatever. Why drive all the way around?” said Salt, 27. “I order from Wah Mei, the Chinese place there, and I would walk there if that bridge was in.”
Andrew Makavensky, 55, of Hanover Twp. is worried about safety at the site. He said he’s seen children playing around the area and climbing up and down the walls of the creek.
For businesses at Mesko Plaza along Carey Avenue, a new bridge could mean more foot traffic.
Brothers Johnny and Jose Ramos opened Marias Market — named after their wives, both Marias — in the strip mall about four months ago.
“Definitely it’s going to be much, much better for the community, for the business and the area,” said Johnny Ramos,
Nearby in Mesko Plaza, Cheynne Schoch and Kisha Johnson were working the register at Philly’s Phinest.
“It’s dope,” Schoch said.
The open bridge will be better for drivers making deliveries, said manager Charles Williams.
“It’s going to be more convenient. Everybody’s going to like it,” Schoch said.
“Like it used to be,” said Kisha Johnson.
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