Governor Wolf Announces Thousands of Roadway Miles Paved, Hundreds of Bridge Projects Initiated this Year
October 27, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that so far this year, roughly 2,100 roadway miles were paved and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has also put out contracts to preserve, repair, and replace more than 450 state-owned bridges and 18 locally owned bridges, and also completed 20 bridge projects with department forces.
The announcement was made in conjunction with an event that PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards held today discussing the department’s progress with a portion of the 12.5 miles of Interstate 76 that were recently paved in the background.
“Our transportation network is critical to moving goods and people, and we’re committed to continued quality and safety enhancements through our work and partnerships with the private sector,” Governor Wolf said. “We’re putting our resources to work across the state, in rural and urban communities alike. I promised my administration would deliver a government that works and PennDOT is making good on that.”
During her media event, Richards noted that PennDOT has put out 588 total project contracts worth nearly $1.9 billion so far this year. Richards also noted that Governor Tom Wolf announced the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, initiative earlier this year which adds additional investments in roadway maintenance, especially on lower-traffic roadways, as well as the Interstate system.
The Road MaP investments will build on the department’s investments across the state. Of the miles paved so far this year, more than 100 were on Interstates and more than 960 were on lower-traffic roadways with fewer than 2,000 vehicles daily.
Across PennDOT’s five-county District 6 region, more than 290 miles of state highway were resurfaced, 50 more than anticipated, and 39 bridges in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties were repaired or replaced.
“We would not have been able to successfully deliver this many critical road and bridge projects to the region without additional funding from Act 89,” PennDOT District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said. “Those extra dollars went directly into extending the service life of our highways and bridges, improving safety and strengthening our infrastructure.”
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.
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