|Exits 178A and 178B on I-81 to Be Combined into Single Exit on Tuesday, March 25|
Dunmore – On the evening of Tuesday, March 25, Exit 178A (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport) and Exit 178B (Avoca) on Interstate 81 will be combined into one single exit. The new exit will be labeled “Exit 178 (Wilkes Barre/Scranton Airport and Avoca)” and will be at the exit that is currently Exit 178B. Exit 178A will be closed. This change will be permanent and will be on the northbound and southbound lanes.
This change is part of a $41.9 Million Airport Reconstruction Project. Not only is this one of the largest projects for the district but it is also the only capacity adding project this year. The project began in June 2013 and will include widening of bridges on Interstate 81, rehabilitation of existing bridges over Lidy Road, State Route 315 (Airport Road), and Plane Street, replacement of the pedestrian bridge just north of the Avoca Exit, construction of new exit and entrance ramps, three new roundabouts, construction of two new bridges, and construction of a new roadway.
The construction of the new Navy Way Road will connect Commerce Road (Grimes Industrial Park) to Terminal Road. The new roadway will travel over the PA Turnpike, under the MALSR (Medium-intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicator), and connect in to the current Navy Way Road near the Holiday Inn.
The $41.9 million contract was awarded to Pennsy Supply on May 21, 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015. Pennsy Supply is a Pennsylvania based company out of Annville.
Media contact: James May, 570-963-4044
Source: PennDOT District 4