On Wednesday, July 10th, PennDOT and local officials broke ground for the reconstruction of the Avoca/Wilkes-Barre Scranton Airport Exit in Luzerne County. The project was bid at $41.9 million and is expected to be completed in November of 2015. Many local and state officials attended the event and took part in the groundbreaking.
According to District Executive, George Roberts the reconstruction of the Avoca Exit will minimize traffic, especially trucks traveling through Dupont, will increase safety, and promote commerce.
The Airport project is unique to District 4. Not only is it one of the largest projects for the district but it is also the only capacity adding project this year. The project began in June and will include widening of 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. Pennsy Supply is a Pennsylvania based company out of Annville.
Also participating in today's event were PennDOT officials, State legislature, Local officials, community leaders, and local businesses.