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Bridge in Paradise Township (Route 940) to be Closed until October 2016

PARADISE TOWNSHIP -- Drivers are forced to turn around at a bridge that will now be closed a lot longer than first thought.

A bridge on Paradise Valley Road in Monroe County, also known as Route 940, closed last week for emergency repairs.

According to PennDOT officials, this bridge won't be open until at least October. It's in such bad shape that patch work would not be enough.

The closure is not only affecting drivers but also businesses.

Confused drivers, loud drilling noises, and frustrated businesses -- that's what's happening on Route 940 in Paradise Township, near Mount Pocono.

Emergency bridge work is underway; it's all part of a statewide multi-million dollar bridge program.

"I was a little confused," said Gabrielle Poster of Cresco.  "I knew they were doing construction here for quite some time, but I didn't realize it was absolutely closed this time, so I turned around and now I am wondering where to go."

The bridge on Paradise Valley Road went under construction last week. Work was only expected to take a few days.

But according to PennDOT, once crews got to work, there was too much erosion on the bridge, so a patch wasn't going to cut it.

Now both lanes are closed until at least October.

It's not just drivers the bridge work is affecting. It's also affecting businesses, too. Many were forced to put up signs just to let drivers know where they should go.

David Buchter owns Kasa's Restaurant right on Route 940. His business has a front row seat to the bridge work and the show hasn't been bringing in money.

"Well, it wasn't too bad until they had to close the whole bridge down and now we are probably less than 50 percent."

On the other side of the bridge work, more struggle.

Floods Nursery is another place losing business. Only open seasonally, the bridge work is really hurting business. Plants and fruit supplies are both going to waste.

"It's a ghost town here," said manager Debra Hicks. "We went from having people coming and going and getting the passerby people and tourists and everything else, to nothing. No one wants to come down here and deal with this."

Signs are up telling drivers that road work is going on, on both sides of the bridge.

A permanent detour for drivers during this construction is expected to be announced soon.


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