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Elm Street Bridge Replacement Project

Project Overview​

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) held a virtual public meeting and online plans display for the Elm Street Bridge Replacement Project in the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County. 

The Elm Street Bridge Replacement is one bridge replacement in a package of four city owned bridge replacements that comprise the Scranton Local Bridge Bundle. PennDOT, with the support of the City of Scranton, will replace the Elm Street Bridge, which crosses over the Lackawanna River in Lackawanna County. The existing structure is a 2-span prestressed (non-composite) adjacent box beam bridge with existing sidewalks built in 1958. The existing bridge is currently weight restricted and posted for a limit of 15 tons except combinations of 18 tons. 

This bridge replacement will alleviate any current weight restrictions and provide a structure that meets current design standards with a two-lane bridge with sidewalks similar to the existing condition. This project will also include pavement resurfacing along Elm Street from South Washington Avenue to 3rd Avenue and roadway improvements along Wyoming Avenue. A temporary pedestrian bridge will be placed on the upstream side of the structure during construction to maintain pedestrian access across the Lackawanna River along with a vehicular detour during construction. 

The bridge is expected to be closed for 12 months during construction (Fall 2023 to Fall 2024). A 1.2 mile detour will be posted using a combination of S. Washington Avenue, Broadway Street/Hickory Street, 3rd Avenue, and 4th Avenue. Third Avenue will be one way from Elm Street to Broadway Street, and 4th Avenue will be one way from Broadway Street to Railroad Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting and plans display is to introduce the project and receive public input regarding any questions or concerns with the project. It is also an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the project’s potential effect upon Cultural Resources pursuant to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s 36 CFR Part 800 regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

The project documents will be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested. If you need translation/interpretation services or have special needs or have special concerns that require individual attention, please contact PennDOT Project Manager Summer Koziel, at or 570.963.4048. 


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From points east of the bridge, head east along Elm Street to the Elm Street and South Washington Avenue intersection. At traffic signal, turn left onto South Washington Avenue and travel 0.5 miles. At traffic signal, turn left onto Hickory Street / Broadway Street and travel 0.2 miles. At intersection of Broadway Street and 4th Avenue turn left and travel 0.4. Miles to intersection of 4th Avenue and Elm Street. 

From points west of the bridge, head west along Elm Street to the Elm Street and 3rd Avenue intersection. At intersection of Elm Street and 3rd Avenue, turn right and travel 0.4 miles. At intersection of 3rd Avenue and Broadway Street turn right at stop sign and travel 0.2 miles along Broadway Street / Hickory Street. At traffic signal, turn right onto South Washington Avenue and travel 0.5 miles to intersection of South Washington Avenue and Elm Street.