Welcome to Focus 81

The Focus 81 Committee was formed to address safety and congestion concerns within a targeted corridor of Interstate 81 stretching from Waverly in Lackawanna County to Nanticoke in Luzerne County. This site is designed to keep interested parties informed of activities of the group and provide travelers with useful information related to I-81.

Weekly Roadwork Schedule

PennDOT Ongoing Roadwork

The following is the roadwork in effect on Interstate 81. Long-Term Projects: I-81 – Luzerne County – Exit 178A (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport) and Exit 178B (Avoca) have now been combined into one exit, Exit 178 (Wilkes-Barre Scranton Airport/Avoca). I-81 – Luzerne County – between Exit 175 (Pittston) to Exit 170 (Wilkes-Barre) there are lane shifts due to reconstruction work on several bridges in both northbound and southbound.  At Exit 175 from I-81 NB, the traffic signal at the bottom of the ramp has been removed due to an accident.  There is a yield sign exiting at the bottom of the ramp where it meets SR 315.  Northbound traffic on SR … Continue reading

News & Events

PA Turnpike Travel Alert

Pa. Turnpike Traffic Advisory for Motorists Traveling the Northeastern Extension Near Clarks Summit The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists entering the Northeastern Extension (I-476) from Clarks Summit (Exit #131) to be prepared for a new traffic pattern to begin on Dec. 18 in the work zone at milepost A129. Starting at approximately 7 a.m., southbound traffic will be switched from the left lane into the right lane. This temporary lane configuration is expected to remain in place until spring 2016. This schedule is dependent on the weather and current construction operations. Slow-moving traffic paces, with stoppages as needed, will be necessary to complete the traffic switch. The contractor, … Continue reading