PennDOT to work with the Turnpike officials to remove Wyoming Avenue bridge

Times Leader Staff | September 30th, 2016 1:37 pm

DUNMORE — Under a joint contract with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Beech Construction will begin to remove the Wyoming Avenue bridge over Interstate 81 in Dupont.

Turnpike Officials have already removed the section of Wyoming Avenue that goes over the I-476, and under the same contract the contractor will now remove the portion that goes over I-81, according to a news release.

Beginning on Sunday, motorists will begin to see nighttime lane closures on I-81 north and south between Exit 175 (Dupont/Pittston) and Exit 178 (Wilkes Barre/Scranton Airport – Avoca). Lane closures will be from 8 p.m. each Sunday to 6 a.m. each Friday. Work will take place until Friday, October 21.

There will be a night of rolling roadblocks between Monday and Wednesday. This will allow Beech Construction Inc. to stretch the main cables of the SafeSpan Safety System across I-81 in preparation for the installation of underdeck shielding. These roadblocks will be assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police.

During the week of October 17, there will be additional rolling road blocks and stoppages through the night on I-81 as the contractor removes the beams.

The work is a joint contract with the Turnpike Commission to remove two bridges at a cost of $1.2 million. The Wyoming Avenue Bridge over I-81 was built in 1962.

Once removed, this bridge will not be replaced.

Times Leader Staff