Sunday, February 4, 2024

Andy's Angles: The Bridge


PennDOT is finally getting around to getting a contractor and replacing the Green Ridge Street bridge in Scranton.  It spans the Lackawanna River, between Nay Aug Avenue and North Main Avenue.

The state presented several options over the years-- all bad, and I'm not faulting the state.  If you close the bridge, drivers and business owners go nuts.  Plus, a closed bridge throws a lot of traffic on Market Street, already a narrow street, with a busy intersection with North Main.

If you try to keep traffic moving on Green Ridge Street while replacing the bridge...  Well, that's like trying to fix a flat tire while the car is still moving, and it adds time to the project.

The chosen solution will take two years to accomplish, and that is far too long.

I guess you can't please everyone.