Norristown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that over $550 million in highway and bridge improvements will begin or be bid across the Philadelphia region during the 2017 construction season, bringing the region’s total contract work this year to roughly 125 projects worth $2.2 billion.
“The funding allocated for these projects not only reduces the backlog of Pennsylvania’s pavement and bridge demands, but significantly improves the growing need for better mobility and safety on our roadways,” Governor Wolf said. “This major investment in our infrastructure that will greatly improve our vast transportation network, enhance local communities and generate more robust economies across the state.”
The announcement was made on a site within the Lafayette Street Extension Project, a $95 million project that will spur economic redevelopment in Norristown and strengthen one of Plymouth Township’s busy retail and industrial centers.
Overall highlights in the 2017 construction season for PennDOT’s District 6 (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) include:
- approximately 235 miles of paving; and
- approximately 33 bridges will be repaired or replaced.
“The infusion of additional funding through Act 89 has allowed us to move critical projects into construction that will help extend the service life of our highways and bridges, improve safety and strengthen our infrastructure for future generations,” District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said.
Notable projects that have recently moved into construction include:
- I-95 Betsy Ross Ramps/Adams Avenue Connector in Philadelphia ($81 million);
- U.S. 322 widening in Delaware County ($62.6 million);
- U.S. 202 bridges over Amtrak in Chester County ($26.4 million);
- Route 452 bridge replacement in Delaware County ($19.9 million);
- I-95 overhead bridges in Delaware County ($16.6 million);
- JFK Boulevard bridge rehabilitations in Philadelphia ($15.9 million);
- Pottstown signal system improvements in Montgomery County ($13.3 million);
- U.S 13 (Bristol Pike) resurfacing in Bucks County ($3 million); and
- Route 41/Newark Road Intersection improvement in Chester County ($1.4 million).
Notable projects that are expected to be bid this year include:
- I-95 GR4 in Philadelphia (estimated $278 million);
- Chestnut Street bridges in Philadelphia (apparent low bid $103.5 million);
- U.S. 1 improvement in Bucks County (estimated $85 million);
- U.S. 422 reconstruction in Montgomery County (estimated $38 million);
- I-95 resurfacing in Bucks County (apparent low bid $29.6 million);
- Markley Street/U.S. 202 South improvement in Montgomery County (estimated $24 million);
- I-76 resurfacing in Montgomery County (apparent low bid $21.1 million);
- MacDade Boulevard improvement in Delaware County (estimated $5.5 million); and
- 14 contracts to resurface 235 segment miles in the Philadelphia region.
Serving as another example of transportation’s impact on communities, the three-phase Lafayette Street project is funded 80 percent by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and 20 percent by Montgomery County. Montgomery County initiated the project and manages it in partnership with PennDOT and the FHWA. The first phase, which extended Lafayette Street past its former limit at Ford Street into Plymouth Township, finished construction in early 2015. The second phase, completed in December 2016, improved local roads in preparation for the eventual interchange and includes widening Ridge Pike between Ross Street and School Lane; realigning, rebuilding, and signalizing Fairfield Road and Diamond Avenue; and connecting the extended Lafayette Street into Diamond Avenue.
The third phase, estimated at $25 million, is on schedule to be bid this fall with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2018 and will widen and rebuild the existing Lafayette Street in downtown Norristown. The work will also improve mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians by installing a pedestrian crossing at the Norristown Transportation Center and connecting the Schuylkill River Trail and the Chester Valley Trail at DeKalb Street and Lafayette Street.
The regional investments complement the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, program, which Governor Wolf recently announced will invest $2.1 billion in maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years. Of the investments, $1 billion will go to roadway maintenance and $1.1 billion will go to highway and bridge capital projects. Of the capital projects, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.