A post pocket on the Market Street Bridge
LCFPA staff installs posts into post pockets on the Market Street Bridge in Kingston.
Market Street Post Pockets Rehabilitation
The Market Street Bridge spans the Susquehanna River and requires the installation of closure structures on both the Kingston and Wilkes-Barre ends of the bridge during emergency high water events. Both closure structures consist of post and panel components designed to fit together and withstand the stresses from flood forces. The Wilkes-Barre closure is 285 feet long and has 18 pockets located in the roadway and sidewalk to accommodate the posts. The Kingston closure is 175 feet long and has 10 pockets located in the roadway and sidewalk to accommodate the posts. It is now 20 years since this portion of the Wyoming Valley Levee Raising Project has been completed and placed into service. Over this period, the accumulation of repetitive traffic wheel loads and the seasonal use of brine and salt atop the roadway surface by PennDOT, has caused wear and deterioration to various components of the post pockets. In Spring 2018, LCFPA staff will perform the necessary repairs and basic maintenance to all 28 post pockets to help ensure their serviceability and reliability.