Impact of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding in Northeast Region’s 2022 Construction Season

The Wolf Administration today joined Sen. Bob Casey and local officials to highlight the 32 projects that will be bid in 2022 in the six-county region and discussed the benefits coming to regional roads and bridges due to the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is bringing benefits to every corner of Pennsylvania, and we are quickly delivering on its promises,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “While these improvements occur, I urge the public to drive safely in work zones so you and roadway workers can get home each day.”

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Mike Keiser said, “We have no shortage of needs, and we have many meaningful projects that will modernize our infrastructure while creating sustainable, good-paying jobs that will be transformative for our transportation system and our local economies.”

The event was held near Route 6 (Robert P. Casey Highway) which will see a 15-mile, $30 million concrete pavement and bridge preservation project in Lackawanna County starting this year.

“Thanks to the infrastructure law, we are beginning to rebuild our roads, bridges and more vital infrastructure right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Senator Casey said. “The Casey Highway project and others throughout our region will create good-paying jobs, make it safer and easier for people to get around and jumpstart the most significant improvements to our infrastructure in a generation.” 

Overall highlights in the PennDOT Engineering District 4 region – which includes Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties – include nearly 245 miles of paving and repairing or replacing 88 bridges.

These improvements include projects supported and accelerated by the BIL. In 2022 alone the BIL is bringing at least $49.6 million in additional funding to be allocated by the department and its local Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization (MPO/RPO) partners. For 2022:

  • Lackawanna Luzerne Transportation Study (LLTS) MPO will receive at least $21.8 million more;
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) MPO will receive at least $12.1 million more;
  • Northern Tier RPO will receive at least $13.9 million more; and
  • Wayne County will receive at least $1.8 million more.

“We are looking forward to beginning projects that would not have been possible this year without the additional funding. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be integral to completing much needed projects over the next five years,” said PennDOT District 4 Executive Richard Roman, P.E.

Notable projects that will continue this year include:

  • Extension of Route 424 Hazleton Beltway from the Interstate 81 Exit 141 Interchange to Humbolt Industrial Park, Luzerne County, $16.9 million;
  • I-84 over Lackawanna Railroad, Roaring Brook and Route 435 Bridge Replacement, Roaring Brook, Lackawanna County, $113.2 million;
  • I-84 eastbound and westbound resurfacing and bridge preservations consisting of 32 miles in Lackawanna and Wayne counties, $36.5 million;
  • Preventive maintenance on eight bridges carrying I-81 near Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, $ 7.8 million;
  • Roadway reconstruction and bridge replacement on I-84 (Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway) from Route 3005 to Exit 26 in Greene, Palmyra, and Sterling townships in Pike and Wayne counties, $104 million;
  • Replacing three structures on Route 706, removing a Route 3037 structure, and intersection improvement on Routes 706 and 267, Susquehanna County, $4.3 million; and
  • Bridge rehabilitation on Route 92 over tributary to Susquehanna River in Falls Township, Wyoming County, $1.6 million.

Notable projects that started or will begin this year include:

  • Preventive maintenance on Route 309 (North Cross Valley) over Route 2022 (Main Street), Mill Creek and Norfolk Southern Railway, and Route 309 (North Cross Valley) over Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in the City of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, $8.6 million;
  • Group surface improvement on 21.7 miles in various state routes and municipalities in Luzerne County. 
  • I-80 and I-81 concrete pavement repairs in Luzerne County;
  • Bridge replacement on Route 3014 (Dump Hill Road) over Nescopeck Creek in Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County;
  • Preventive maintenance on three structures carrying I-81 in Rice Township, Luzerne County; one structure carrying I-81 in South Abington; and one structure carrying Route 1016 in Blakely and Jessup Borough in Lackawanna County;
  • Resurfacing project group totaling 10 miles on Route 93 (Broad Street) in West Hazleton Borough, and Route 93 (Berwick-Hazleton Highway) in Sugarloaf Township, as well as Route 309 (Church Street and Mountain Boulevard) in the City of Hazleton to Butler Township in Luzerne County;
  • Bridge preservations on Route 29 (South Cross Valley Expressway) over Susquehanna River and railroad and Route 29 (South Cross Valley Expressway) over Route 11 and Ramp 8027 in Hanover and Plymouth townships, Luzerne County;
  • Interstate roadway reconstruction on I-84 (Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway) from milepost 40 to Exit 46 in Pike County, $86.3 million; 
  • Slope repair on Route 2002 (Wilson Hill Road) in Delaware Township, Pike County, $547,000;
  • Bridge replacement on Route 390 (Promised Land Road) over Bridge Creek in Greene Township, Pike County, $2 million;
  • Bridge rehabilitation on Route 390 (Promised Land Road) over Outlet Fairview Lake in Palmyra Township, Pike County, $862,000;
  • Interstate roadway reconstruction and bridge replacement on I-84 (Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway) from the Palmyra Rest Area to Exit 34 in Palmyra and Blooming Grove townships, Pike County;
  • Slope repair on Route 171 (State Street) between Main Street and Chestnut Street in Oakland Borough, Susquehanna County, $2.1 million;
  • Slope repair on Route 87 between the Sullivan/Wyoming County Line and Bucks Rub Lane in North Branch and Colley townships, Wyoming County, $2.7 million;
  • Bridge replacements on Route 3029 (Forest Lake Road) over East Branch Wyalusing Creek and tributary of Forest Lake Creek, Jessup Township, Susquehanna County, $2.2 million;
  • Safety Improvements on Route 11 (Lackawanna Trail) from the Susquehanna/ Wyoming County Line to Township Road 406 (Squier Cemetery Road) in Lathrop and Lenox townships, Susquehanna County;
  • Bridge replacement on Route 3034 (Mid Valley Road) over Middle Creek in Lake Township, Wayne County, $795,000;
  • Resurfacing 8 miles of Route 6 (Church and Main Streets) from Park Street to Sunrise Avenue in Honesdale Borough and Route 1016 (Callicoon Road) from Route 191 (Hancock Highway) to Route 1020, Damascus Township, Wayne County; and
  • Bridge preservation on Route 191 (Twin Rocks Road) over Butternut Creek in Sterling Township, Wayne County.

As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane. 

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties at

Information about infrastructure in District 4 including completed work and significant projects, is available at Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Rementer, Governor’s Office,, 717-783-1116

Jessica Ruddy, PennDOT, 570-963-4044 or  

Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA Announces Take-Out Dinner Fundraising Event

Meals on Wheels of NEPA announces that it will hold a take-out dinner fundraiser on Friday, April 8. This lent-friendly meal features cod piccata served with brown rice, carrots, broccoli, and a dinner roll for just $15. Patrons are also able to purchase a meal for a Meals on Wheels of NEPA client for $5. All proceeds benefit the programming of Meals on Wheels of NEPA.

Tickets for the take-out dinner will be on sale from Monday, March 21 until Monday, April 4. Tickets are available online at or by calling 570-346-2421. Dinners will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the Meals on Wheels of NEPA office located at 541 Wyoming Ave, Scranton. Meals must be purchased in advance.

Meals on Wheels of NEPA supports the independent living of homebound seniors and disabled persons through the delivery of nutrition and supportive services. Each day, the Agency’s clients, whose life circumstances make it difficult or impossible for them to prepare needed nourishment, receive a hot meal delivered by volunteers. In addition to keeping these seniors well-nourished, the Agency often provides the only human contact many homebound individuals experience each day. Meals on Wheels of NEPA has been in existence since 1969, and to date, has served over 5 million meals.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Returns To Wilkes-Barre

WWE is back in Wilkes-Barre! For one night only, see your favorite SMACKDOWN superstars LIVE in Wilkes-Barre at the ASM Global managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday, May 13th at 7:45pm. See Roman Reigns take on Drew McIntyre for the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey & Naomi take on SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville! Plus see your favorite SMACKDOWN Superstars including Intercontinental Champion Ricochet, SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions The Usos, The New Day, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sasha Bank and many more! *Card subject to change.

WWE is the best value in entertainment with tickets starting at $20 (plus fees). Tickets and Ringsider packages go on sale Friday, March 18th at 10am online at or in person at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena. For more information, please visit

University of Scranton Announces Planned April Events

Note: Access to the campus is currently limited to members of the University community, invited guests and others as listed in the Royals Back Together plan. Campus access and other health and safety information will be updated throughout the semester and can be seen on the Royals Back Together webpage

Through Apr. 29        Art Exhibit: “Shinnecock Sites and Portraits: Photographs by Jeremy Dennis.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call 570-941-4214 or email  

Apr. 2     9 a.m. Ready to Run Northeastern Pennsylvania Campaign School offered in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Excellence in Public Service. Fifth floor of Brennan Hall. Fees vary. Registration required. Register at Call 570-941-6326 or mail or

Apr. 2     7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Recital” featuring Kako Miura, violinist and friends. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Apr. 6     7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “14th Annual Gene Yevich Memorial Concert” featuring Dr. Wycliffe A. Gordon with The University of Scranton Singers and Scranton Brass Orchestra. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Apr. 7      8:30 a.m. Hayes Family Competition in physics and engineering for invited high school students. Byron Complex. Registration required. Call 570-941-6296 or email   

Apr. 7     4 p.m. 2022 Annual ACHE Healthcare Symposium: “HEALTH’y Employees Lead to HEALTH’y Patients: Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Healthcare Professionals.” McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Registration required. Includes dinner, presentation and panel discussion. Fees vary. Call 484-632-6605 or email

Apr. 7     7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring Dr. Wycliffe A. Gordon with The University of Scranton Jazz Band. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Apr. 7-9     8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. “Drowsy Chaperone” presented by The Liva Arts Company. The Royal Theater, McDade Literary and Performing Arts Center. $7 admission. Visit or email  

April 9     8 a.m. Inaugural Conference on Ethics and Excellence in Public Service for public officials, leaders of nonprofit organizations and students. Fifth floor of Brennan Hall. Fees vary. Registration required. Email or call 570-941-7401. 

Apr. 20     4 p.m. Henry George Spring Lecture: “Evolution of Conventions of Behavior” presented by Andrew Schotter, Ph.D., professor of economics, New York University. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Free. Call 570-941-4048 or email

Apr. 22     noon. Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar: “Russia and the Post-Truth Society” presented by Jill Dougherty, former CNN’s Moscow bureau chief for almost a decade, Russian expert, adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a CNN on-air contributor. Kane Forum, Edward Leahy Hall or remote. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email  

Apr. 25     5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum Collaborative Program with the Jesuit Center, The University of Scranton: “A Schemel Legacy: The Engineer and the Monk” presented by Christopher F. Schemel, Ph.D., president Delta Q Consultants, Inc. and courtesy professor of chemical engineering, University of South Florida, and Brother Mario Joseph, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Georgia. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall or remote, reception follows. $25 fee. Registration required. Call 570-941-6206 or email  

Apr. 30-May 1     9 a.m. Saturday; noon Sunday. Friends of the Library Book and Plant Sale. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 570-941-7816 or email  

Apr. 30     7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “39th Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert” featuring The University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir premiering two new commissioned works by guest composer/conductor Javier Nero. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Johnson College Earns 2022-2023 Military Friendly ® School Designation

Johnson College announced today that it has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly ® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.

The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly ® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Johnson College remains committed to helping our servicemen and women and their families further their education,” said Bill Burke, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs at Johnson College. “The College’s dedicated staff assists with needs specific to military students. We provide dedicated space as well as priority scheduling and registration for our service members and veterans.”

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.” – Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.

For more information about Johnson College’s Veteran Student Services, visit

Marywood University Summer Academic and Athletic Camps

As part of its Summer @ the Wood events, Marywood University will host academic and athletic camps/clinics throughout June, July, and August. Registration deadlines are typically one week prior to the start date of the camp, unless otherwise specified. For more details, including registration information, full camp descriptions, and associated fees, visit

The 2022 schedule includes the following academic and athletic camps/clinics:


– Boys Lacrosse Summer Youth Clinic, June 4 (register by May 10), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; for athletes in grades 5-8.

– Girls Volleyball Instructional Camp, June 21-23 (register by June 7), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; for athletes in grades 9-12.

– Girls Lacrosse Camp, June 20-22 (register by June 10), from 9 a.m.–Noon; for athletes in grades 5-9.

– Boys Basketball Instructional Camp I, June 27–July 1 (register by June 13), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for athletes in grades 2-10.


– Biotechnology Camp, July 11-15, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; for high school students enrolled in AP Honors Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

– Street Photography Camp, July 11-15, 10 a.m.-Noon; for high school students.

– Design Your Future (DYF), July 11-23, two-week overnight program; for rising high school juniors, seniors, and recent high school graduates.

– Summer Music Academy, July 24-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; for students in grades 7-12.

– Summer Theatre Academy, July 24-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; for students in grades 7-12- Healthcare Discovery Camp, July 25-28, 8:30 a.m. registration, camp runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; two groups of students, ages 11-14 and ages 15-18.

– Boys Basketball Instructional Camp II, July 25-29 (register by June 13), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for athletes in grades 2-10.


– Introduction to Encryption: How to Encode Secret Messages, August 1-4, 2021, 9 a.m. – Noon; for high school students.

– Girls Basketball Fundamental Day Camp, August 1-4 (register by July 25), 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., for athletes in grades 2-8.

– Girls Field Hockey Preseason Prep Camp, August 8-11 (register by August 5), 9 a.m. – Noon; for athletes in grades 7-12.

– Softball ID Clinic, August 28 (register by August 14), Noon – 4 p.m.; for athletes in grades 9-12.