Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Construction Season in South Central PA, Highlights Projects
April 16, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that roughly 104 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the eight-county south central region this year.
“We have a significant construction program this year in south central Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “These upgrades support safe, efficient movement for goods and people.”
Complementing the significant projects in the south central 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.
“Our continued investments in our system are vital because we have the fifth-largest roadway system and third-highest number of state-owned bridges in the country,” Richards said.
Richards and District 8 Executive Mike Keiser discussed the approximately $326 million in improvements coming to Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties this year at an event held today.
This year will see some major milestones and completions in the region, including finishing Interstate 81 widening projects just north and south of Harrisburg. The Route 22 bridge over Interstate 83 east of Harrisburg and six miles of Route 283 between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Toll House Road in south eastern Dauphin County are being rebuilt. Later this summer, the significant $130-million project to widen and reconstruct I-83 just east of Harrisburg, between the Eisenhower Interchange and I-81, will begin.
Other significant projects in south central Pennsylvania include continuing work on the realignment of I-83 at the Exit 18 interchange with Mount Rose Avenue in York County; the upcoming repair and resurfacing of I-83 between Shrewsbury and Loganville, also in York County; the addition of a left turn lane for Chester Road along the Route 30 Bypass in Lancaster County; and safety enhancements with the installation of cable median barrier along I-81 in Cumberland and Dauphin counties as well as along Route 15 in Adams County.
More than 60 bridges will be repaired or replaced in the region. This includes the Herr Street bridge over Paxton Creek in Harrisburg, where accelerated bridge construction will be used to build the new bridge superstructure in an adjacent lot and install it over a 10-day period in late summer.
“We are making tangible progress in south central Pennsylvania,” Keiser said. “We are making improvements that will contribute to the economy and help make people’s lives better.”
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.
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.
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