Nighttime road warriors, brace yourselves.
Tuesday night marked the start of a three-month, $4.5 million project to resurface about eight miles of Interstate 81 in both directions between Avoca and Dunmore, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials said.
Work between exits 178 and 186 will continue Sunday to Friday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., through late October.
The project begins this week with milling of the River Street ramps at Exit 184 in Scranton. Exactly where and when work will take place over the course of the project has not been mapped out yet.
“We have no set schedule as of yet, but we will be sending out weekly updates on (work locations) via the weekly road report,” spokeswoman Samantha Antosh said Tuesday.
Both sides of the highway have been in need of resurfacing “for quite a while now,” according to a PennDOT release, adding that “many drivers have expressed concerns regarding the condition of the highway.”
Each day, up to 40,000 people travel over that section of highway, one of the most traveled stretches of I-81 in PennDOT’s Dunmore-based District 4, Antosh said.
Base repair and patch work have recently been done on the section from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport Exit 178 to just past Exit 185 for the Central Scranton Expressway.
Work is being paid for mostly with federal funding, Antosh said, “but there is some state funding.”
The project was put out to bid on June 6 and awarded to Popple Construction Inc. on June 14, according to PennDOT.
Motorists can learn more about the project at the District 4 website, http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Penndot/Districts/district4.nsf/ or by calling 511 for daily recorded traffic information.