Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Hollidaysburg-Region Construction Season, Highlights 88 Projects

April 03, 2018

Hollidaysburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT officials previewed more than 88 projects that will take place across the six-county, Hollidaysburg-based District 9 during the 2018 construction season.

“The improvements that will be made across the six-county region are critical not only for residents’ travel, but also for the movement of goods and services,” said Governor Wolf.

Complementing the significant projects in the region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.

“I am proud of what the department has accomplished and the improvements that District 9 has planned for the region,” Richards said.

Overall highlights in the 2018 construction season for District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties) include:

  • approximately 156 miles of paving;
  • approximately 40 bridges will be repaired or replaced; and
  • approximately 342 miles of roadway will be seal coated.

The update was provided in advance of the district’s Annual Transportation Outreach sessions, which begin tomorrow in Bedford and Fulton counties and will occur in Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties in the coming weeks. PennDOT representatives will meet with area stakeholders during the sessions to discuss improvements coming this and future years.

“This is the 20th consecutive year that our district has conducted outreach meetings for legislators, municipal officials, planning and economic development agencies, and community leaders in each of our six counties,” said District 9 Executive Thomas Prestash. “This year District 9 will see over $100 million worth of new construction projects on area roadways.”

Notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:

  • Route 403 Moxham Stonycreek Bridge project will replace the bridge carrying Route 403 over the Stonycreek River in the City of Johnstown, Cambria County, ($7.4 million);
  • Route 219 – Meyersdale to Somerset Project consists of approximately 11 miles of new four-lane limited access highway in Summit, Brothersvalley, and Somerset townships, Somerset County, ($265 million);
  • Interstate 99 – 17th Street to Grazierville consists of 11 miles of resurfacing in Logan, Antis, and Snyder townships, Blair County, ($27.8 million);
  • Route 219 Jack Murtha Highway consists of 11 miles of roadway rehabilitation in Cambria and East Carroll townships, Cambria County, ($8.2 million); and
  • Route 22 Canoe Creek Intersection Improvements consists of safety improvements including bicycle and pedestrian facilities at intersections accessing Canoe Creek State Park in Frankstown Township, Blair County, ($9.7 million).

Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

  • Route 271 Chestnut Street Bridge will rehabilitate the bridge carrying Route 271 over the South Branch of Blacklick Creek in Nanty Glo Borough, Cambria County, ($2.1 million);
  • Route 22 Brower Lee Drive consists 4 miles of resurfacing in Allegheny Township, Blair County, ($3.6 million);
  • Route 915 Hopewell Bridge consists of replacing the structure carrying Route 915 over the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River and improvements to the intersection of Route 26 and Route 915 in Hopewell Borough and Broad Top and Hopewell townships, Bedford County, ($11.5 million);
  • Route 522 Webster Mills to Route 16 consists of 6 miles of resurfacing in Ayr Township, Fulton County, ($2 million);
  • Route 22 Improvements Huntingdon County consists of various intersection improvements and 3 miles of resurfacing in Smithfield and Henderson townships, Huntingdon County, ($7.1 million); and
  • Route 2047 Meyersdale Flaugherty Creek Bridge will replace the structure carrying Route 2047 (Beachley Street) over Flaugherty Creek in Meyersdale Borough, Somerset County, ($2.5 million).

Information from the district’s Transportation Outreach sessions will be available corresponding to each session by clicking 2018 Transportation Outreach on the district webpage, www.penndot.gov/district9.

As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.

“I urge motorists to use extreme caution while traveling around construction and maintenance crews this season, as they will be out in full force”, Prestash said, “One of our team members, Robert Gensimore, was killed in the line of duty this winter and we want all employees and motorists to get home safely.”

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 major roadways 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.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAltoona.

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