New beltway project could help traffic on I-81

By Anna Norris

New beltway project could help traffic on I-81

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A study will be launched to address traffic on Interstate 81 in the Scranton area.

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced Thursday the study will determine if a portion of the turnpike, Interstate 476, could be used as a bypass around Scranton.

The plan is called the Scranton Beltway Project.

“Traffic continues to be a growing concern in the Scranton area. Thanks to Governor Corbett’s decisive action to deliver Act 89, we now have the resources necessary to consider this option to use the turnpike as a relief route for traffic on I-81,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch.

Highlighting the importance of safety and convenience, State Representative Mike Carroll added, "The current traffic congestion combined with future additional traffic on I-81, between Pittston and Clarks Summit ,demands we examine a more convenient way to use the turnpike by enhancing traffic movements between I-81 and I-476."

According to PennDOT, using the turnpike as a bypass around Scranton could reduce the average daily traffic on I-81 by 14,000 cars per day.

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