Daleville Park & Ride to open after water contamination
The opening of a new park-and-ride will also help bring an end to a water contamination issue that goes back for decades.
At some point next week, a park-and-ride on Route 307 in Daleville will officially open but dozens of drivers are already using the site.
Water contamination issues started in this area began nearly 50 years ago.
"We’ve been waiting and seeing and actually waiting to see what it was going to be because we didn’t know what it was going to be when it first started," Cheryl Saylock of Gouldsboro said.
In 2014, PennDOT first announced plans to offer buyouts to property owners in this area that had their water wells contaminated with a high concentration of salt from the neighboring Daleville stockpile.
One by one, PennDOT was able to acquire a handful of homes and even one business but instead of just keeping the land empty, the agency decided to open up the area to the public by creating this new park-and-ride to promote carpooling.
It’s at a good intersection there," May said.
Drivers say the new park-and-ride will be a good meeting place for people that live in Lackawanna County but work at places like the Tobyhanna Army Depot or the new resorts that have opened in the Poconos.
The official opening of the new park-and-ride will take place once PennDOT’s maintenance department determines exactly how and when the lot will be plowed during snowstorms.