DUNMORE — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced there will be a single lane daytime closure on I-81 northbound and southbound at the Edella Road bridge April 19 in order to repair subsidence damage on the I-81 southbound lane caused by a small water line break. The right I-81 southbound lane will remain closed until crews repair the subsidence damage.
The northbound right lane on I-81 will remain closed during the day as crews prepare for demolition work on the north side of the structure.
A nighttime closure of I-81 northbound will begin April 19 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. During this time, motor vehicles will detour I-81 northbound, with traffic detoured at exit 194 to Route 11/ Business Route 6 (Northern Blvd.), Route 407 (S. Abington Road), to Route 632 (Carbondale Road) and will re-enter I-81 North at exit 197. During this nighttime closure, trucks will detour I-81 north, but instead of using Route 632, trucks will continue north on Route 407 to Route 438 (Wellsville Road) and will re-enter I-81 at exit 201.
Interstate 81 northbound will reopen at 6.a.m on April 20. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 10 a.m. on the right lane Thursday.
Day time lane and nighttime closures of northbound and southbound I-81 are anticipated from April 20 to April 22.
Construction work on the Edella Road Bridge over I-81, located between Willowbrook Road and Fox Run Circle, in South Abington Township started April 18 as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement project. While the Edella Road Bridge is closed, drivers are directed to follow a detour along Venard Road and South Abington Road.
The bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic in August.