Scranton Police Alerting Drivers to Avoid the Central Scranton Expressway April 18

Scranton – Police in Scranton want drivers to know to avoid the Central Scranton Expressway starting Wednesday April 18, 2018  evening at 8 PM until Monday morning at 6 AM, the Central Scranton Expressway will be closed in both directions between Interstate 81 and SR 11 (Pittston Avenue) in the City of Scranton. Crews will begin the removal of the old Harrison Avenue Bridge directly over the expressway, and for safety reasons, the expressway will be closed. The new Harrison Avenue Bridge will remain open during this time. The posted detour for vehicles will be River Street (northbound) or Moosic Street (southbound). Trucks will utilize Davis Street.

The old Harrison Avenue Bridge will be removed in three phases. Phase 1 will begin tomorrow and consists of the removal of the span over the expressway. Phase two will take place toward the end of month when crews remove the span over the railroad. Both of these phases will be performed mechanically. Phase 3 is scheduled for the middle of May, when the center span over Roaring Brook will be taken down by means of controlled detonation. During this phase, the new Harrison Avenue will be closed for a short time during the detonation.

Construction on the old Harrison Avenue Bridge began in 1920. The new Harrison Avenue Bridge is scheduled for completion this year.