Completion of Ridge Road Project in Lackawanna | News
A major road re-construction project which caused years of delays and frustrations for motorists in Lackawanna is now finished.
Mayor Geoff Szymanski and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-27th District) held a press conference to announce the completion of a second phase of the project. Over $800,000 in federal and city funding was used to resurface the road and replace sidewalks and curbs for disabled access in a strech of road from South Park Avenue to the new Centennial Bridge. That bridge, which carries Ridge Road over rail lines, was just completed as well back in November. That work began back in 2007.
Some viewers had complained to 2 On Your Side in 2008 about the higher bridge and construction issues. Then Mayor Norman Polanksi said the bridge was higher because of a new federal standards for such structures over railroad tracks.
Syzmanski says he is aware of the complaints but says the city had to do the work in phases because of its local match to the federal grants. Syzmanski, who was on City Council at the time, says the work was covered in bonds and the city was also involved in major construction work in the Third and Fourth wards.
Congressman Higgins noted that $17 Million dollars in federal funding helped in the overall $21 Million dollar replacement of the Centennial Bridge. Both men said they were not aware of any cost overruns in the projects.
Syzmanski says they hope the newly re-surfaced Ridge Road which help businesses to expand or invest in new properties along the corridor into the city's downtown.