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 July 24-31

The following work is scheduled for this week on Interstate 81. Short Term Projects: I-81 North and South near Exit 178A (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport). There will be a single lane closure on Monday, July 27.  This work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and is for setting message boards and sign structures. I-81 South near Exit 155 (Dorrance).  There will be a single lane closure 24/7 beginning on Monday, July 27 until Friday, July 31 at 3 p.m.  This work is for replacing concrete slabs along the interstate. I-81-North-Luzerne-between Exit 164 (Nanticoke) and Exit 168 (Highland Park Boulevard Wilkes-Barre)-Bridge Deck Repair-Monday, July 27, 2015-Thursday, July 30, 2015-7 … Continue reading

News & Events

PennDOT to Open First Roundabout in the Area

June 19, 2015 Dunmore, PA – The region’s first roundabout will soon open as part of the $42 million Airport Interchange project, PennDOT Assistant District Executive for Construction, Harold Hill said today. PennDOT hosted a preview of the roundabout at the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Airport. PennDOT data for its first 16 roundabouts shows that fatalities and major injuries were reduced by 100 percent – fatalities went from two to zero and major injuries went from six to zero.  Moderate and minor injuries were reduced by nearly 50 percent – moderate injuries were reduced from 30 to seven and minor injuries were reduced from 30 down to 19. There are … Continue reading

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