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Missing street signs cause confusion

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SCRANTON (WOLF) -- Missing street signs are making it hard for some people to get around Scranton.

Now, the city is promising action after a resident complained to the City Council. We have more on the issue that's confusing many drivers in the Electric City.

South Scranton is a place of many intersections, and some of them don't have any signs.

"When I sit on my porch, at least three times a day I get asked, is this South Webster?" says South Scranton Neighborhood Association president Christopher Kays.

"People from out of town, when they're looking for certain family or whatever, they have a hard time. They always ask," says Trevor Dennison.

Other signs have faded in the sun and are difficult to read, such as one at Pittston Avenue and Alder.

"It's been quite a while since they did it. I could remember, it's got to have been at least 20 years," says Rich Czyzyk.

"Somebody that has eye problems would miss it," says Stefan Dawkins.

"That's dangerous," says Betty Dalton.

Resident Norma Jeffries recently told City Council that she moved back home after her husband died, and started getting lost in the Hill Section while on the way to meet her sisters for dinner.

So, she made a list of all the missing signs she could find -- about a dozen -- and gave it to council members on Apr. 27.

"I think the DPW could more than handle a small request like that, but it's time to look at the overall picture citywide," says city councilman Wayne Evans. "It is an opportunity to maybe find that we get some funding to do all the signs within the city."

We checked through cell phone maps and found out we were at South Webster Av. and Maple, but we wouldn't know that from looking around at the intersection because there aren't any street signs.

"I was born here. I know all the streets, but I could see somebody from out of town would get lost pretty easily," says Czyzyk.

"I see the frustration on the people when they're looking, especially children walking," says Kays.

Evans says the city could use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in low-to-moderate income areas, and look for other grants as well.

He says the city's already been replacing faded stop signs this year.

"It's been like that ever since I've lived here, and I'vee been here about six years," says Kays about a missing sign.

"With the streets the way the potholes and everything are designed, and they pave it over next year, they gotta do it again, they gotta do it again. The city is, it's a poor city.," says Dawkins.

"I notice the holes more," says Dalton, referring to potholes.

"I think it'd be hard to find the street you're looking for if it's not there," says Dennsion.

Residents hope the missing signs will be replaced soon.

Kays showed us another issue on his corner: three stop signs out of four directions. He says he believes the lack o f "3-way Stop" signs is causing accidents.

As for the CDBG program being a funding source, President Trump wants to eliminate it.

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