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 Roadwork Schedule- Week of October 13-20

The following roadwork is scheduled for this week on Interstate 81. Short Term Exit 230(Great Bend) to Exit 223 (New Milford) South, Susquehanna County, on Monday, October 16 to Thursday, October 19 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a lane restriction for pothole patching.  Ramps are involved.  Work is weather dependent. Exit 199 (Scott Twp.) to  201 (Fleetville/Tompkinsville) on Monday, October 16 to Thursday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. north and south bound, Lackawanna County there will be a lane restriction for mill/fill and crack sealing. Long Term Exit 170 (Bear Creek/Wilkes Barre) and Exit 178 (Avoca/Wilkes Barre Scranton Airport)-Construction is taking … Continue reading

News & Events

Major Milestone Reached in Interstate Bridge Work for Northeastern Pennsylvania

Last week, crews completed the final paving of Interstate 81 North near the Pittston Exit.  This was the last major disruption to traffic as a result of the replacement of four interstate bridges near Exit 175 (Dupont/Pittston).  But this was also one of the most significant steps in a decade of bridge replacements on I-81 in northern Luzerne and southern Lackawanna Counties.  In each case, an old 2-lane bridge was replaced with a new 3-lane bridge.  Replacing a 2-lane bridge with a 3-lane bridge not only allows future maintenance to be performed without taking the interstate down to a single lane, but it is also a necessary prerequisite … Continue reading