Wolf Administration Previews 2018 North Central Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects

March 22, 2018

Montoursville, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that 120 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the nine-county north central region during this construction season.

“We are committed to continuing the significant progress already made to improve our transportation system,” Governor Wolf said of today’s announcement. “Ensuring a safe, modern and efficient highway network is essential to economic growth in Pennsylvania, and is a major component in citizens’ overall quality of life.”

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.

“The department is ready to deliver the construction projects that meet the needs of our customers – the people living both in and outside the state who use our transportation system,” Richards said. “We understand how important it is to maintain a sustainable transportation system for the residents and businesses of Pennsylvania.”

Today’s announcement was made as Montoursville-based PennDOT Engineering District 3 staff began annual spring legislative and editorial board meetings with regional media and elected officials.

The department anticipates investing more than $191 million this year in the PennDOT Engineering District 3 region spanning Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties. This investment includes rehabilitating, reconstructing and resurfacing 164 miles of highways and starting 39 new bridge projects.

Additionally, preservation work will be performed on nearly 70 bridges. Preservation treatments such as epoxy overlays extend the life of the bridges.

Notable projects that will continue this year include:

  • The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties, ($167 million);
  • Interstate 80 reconstruction and widening in Montour County, ($30 million);
  • The Duke Street Reconstruction Project in Northumberland Borough, Northumberland County, ($13.7 million).

Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

  • Route 6 reconstruction from Sugar Creek to Tomjack Road in Burlington Borough, West Burlington Township, and Troy Township, Bradford County, ($11.5 million);
  • Interstate 180 resurfacing from Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to Muncy Creek in Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming County, ($7.3 million);
  • Route 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road) superstructure replacement in Hepburn and Lycoming townships, Lycoming County, ($3.6 million);
  • Interstate 80 resurfacing from Hetlerville Road to the Luzerne County line in Mifflin Township, Columbia County, ($3.5 million);
  • Route 549 bridge replacement in Wells Township, Bradford County, ($3.4 million);
  • Route 220 bridge replacement in Ulster Township, Bradford County, ($3.2 million);
  • Route 6 bridge rehabilitation in Covington Township, Tioga County, ($3.1 million).

Richards noted progress on the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project, which will address safety and congestion concerns on the U.S. 11/15 corridor in Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. Currently there are three of a possible eight contracts in place for this project, including the first contract, which is for construction of the $155.6 million bridge spanning the Susquehanna River that will connect Route 147 in Northumberland County with Routes 11/15 in Union County.

She was a keynote speaker during the project’s groundbreaking ceremony in the spring of 2016.

“It is exciting to see how far the CSVT has progressed, from when dirt was first being turned to today as we see the nearly mile-long river bridge rising up from the central Susquehanna River valley,” she said. “This is a much needed and long awaited project that will have positive impacts far beyond the region and state.”

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.

“There are numerous construction projects starting or continuing in the north central region. We ask motorists to use caution and devote 100 percent of their attention to the act of driving when traveling through our work zones,” said District 3 Executive Sandy Tosca. “This is one way we can ensure both the safety of our workers and our motorists.”

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 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.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.511PA.com/twitter.

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