Act 89 Investments Improving NEPA Transportation Systems, Sen. Blake Tells Committee

SCRANTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – New state investments in Northeast Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure will deliver smoother roads, better bridges and promise to positively impact future generations, Sen. John Blake today told a panel of lawmakers at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.

“Sixteen road repaving projects are underway or have been completed in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, thanks to Act 89,” Blake told the Senate Transportation Committee. “Act 89 has also delivered four bridge replacement projects in the counties; two each in Lackawanna and Luzerne.

“Fixing roads, replacing bridges and upgrading and expanding mass transit mean fewer trips to the auto mechanic, faster transit times for businesses and commuters, and an improved quality of life for residents and visitors. It also means jobs,” Blake said.

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, District 4 Executive George Roberts, COLTS Executive Director Bob Fiume and PA Northeast Regional Railroad Authority President Larry Malski also addressed the committee.

Lawmakers also visited the Steamtown National Historic Park, Lackawanna Stadium and checked the progress of construction at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport interchange.

“I’m pleased to bring the Senate Transportation Committee to Scranton to discuss the positive impacts that are occurring in the region as a result of Act 89,” said Sen. John Rafferty, the Republican chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “A bipartisan effort that included the strong support of my friend Sen. John Blake, Act 89 touches every community in Pennsylvania through job creation, infrastructure repair and expansion, and the stabilization of our transit systems.”

Act 89 invested $321 million during the first half of this year. More than half of that, or $186 million, has been spent to upgrade roads and bridges throughout the commonwealth. Over the next 5 years, $1.3 billion is expected to be invested to improve PA roads and bridges.

Over the next 5 years, PennDOT is planning to invest as much as $2.4 billion in the other important components of the commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure, including public transportation, PA Turnpike extension projects and multi-modal ventures.


Editor’s Note: The following projects have been completed in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties using Act 89 investments:



  • SR 307, SR 3011 and SR 6307, Scranton – Keyser Avenue from Market Street to Ferdinand Street
  • SR 4026, ClarksSummit – West Grove Street from Morgan Highway to SR 6/11
  • SR 3013, Scranton – Main Street from Oak Street in Taylor to North Scranton Expressway
  • SR 6011, Scranton – Harrison Avenue from Moosic Street to North Blakely Street
  • SR 6, ClarksSummit – from Turnpike Interchange to D&H Railroad Bridge at the north end of Clarks Summit
  • SR 247 Wildcat Road, Blakely and Archbald boroughs and Scott and Greenfield townships from Gino Merli Driver to Susquehanna County line
  • I-81, Northbound and Southbound, ClarksSummit to Waverly, Nova Chip Seal Coat
  • I-84, Dunmore, RoaringBrook and Jefferson townships – from Exit 2 to Exit 8


  • SR 3021 – Bridge Replacement – Scranton, Stafford Avenue over Meadow Brook
  • T-412 – Bridge Replacement – JeffersonTownship



  • SR 29, HanoverTownship – from I-81 to Susquehanna River Bridge
  • SR 309, Hazleton, Hazle, and Butler and townships from Green Street in Hazleton to Maces Road near I-80 interchange in Butler
  • SR 415 Memorial Highway, Harvey’sLakeBorough and Dallas and Lehman townships from SR 118 to Lake Drive in Harvey’s Lake Borough
  • SR 940, WhiteHavenBorough – from I-80 to Bridge Street
  • SR 2001, HanoverTownship – from Main Street to Sans Souci Parkway
  • SR 2002, HanoverTownship – from Main Street to State Street
  • SR 3001, Nanticoke, and Slocum and Newport townships from Nuangola Road to West Nanticoke Bridge
  • SR 3034, ConynghamBorough from Rock Glen Road to Borough line


  • SR 1001, Bridge Replacement, LarksvilleBorough over Brown’s Creek
  • SR 1026, Bridge Replacement, DallasTownship over Leonard’s Creek