With federal funding secured with the assistance of Focus 81, PennDOT is developing two projects to widen off ramps at the I-81 Northbound Drinker Street Exit in Dunmore and the I-81 Southbound Blackman Street Exit in Wilkes-Barre. Preliminary engineering for the Blackman Street Exit is underway.
Final design is currently underway for the Drinker Street Exit. The project involves the widening of the SR 81 Drinker ST NB Exit, the addition of a new signal at the exit, and the coordination of the new signal with the Meade St. signal. The let date is for the Drinker Street Project is late 2017 with construction expected in 2018.