Last updated: August 15. 2013 1:22PM - 2240 Views
By BILL O’BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — Traffic will return to normal Friday morning on West Market and River streets now that the Sterling Hotel has been taken down and the lot cleared, according to Butch Frati, director of operations for Wilkes-Barre.

All the signs and barriers have been removed and traffic will resume in both directions on Friday morning, Frati.

Liza Prokop, spokeswoman for the city, said Brdaric Construction Co. was to give the city its determination that it is safe to reopen the streets.

Traffic has been re-routed since September, 2011, when overflow water from the Susquehanna River seeped into the former hotel rendering it unsafe. Mayor Tom Leighton had the building condemned and cement dividers were installed to reduce traffic to one-way into the city from Market and River streets.

Brdaric had estimated that it would take two months to demolish the building and clear the lot, but the work was completed in three weeks.

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