District 10 of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today highlighted regional projects slated to begin or continue this year in the five-county region and discussed the benefits that come to regional roads and bridges due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL).
“Safe, well-maintained roads and bridges are vital to Pennsylvania’s infrastructure,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These new projects, in addition to our ongoing projects, will only serve to strengthen and improve travel and commerce across the state.”
Overall highlights in the PennDOT Engineering District 10 region – which includes Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties – include nearly 559 miles of paving and the repair or replacement of 26 bridges.
These improvements include projects supported and accelerated by BIL. In 2022 alone, BIL is bringing at least $135.5 million in additional funding to be allocated by the department and its local bodies. Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization (MPO/RPO) partners:
- North Central RPO, which includes Jefferson County, will receive at least $11 million more;
- Northwest RPO, which includes Clarion County, will receive at least $12.5 million more; and
- The Southwestern PA Commission’s MPO, which includes Butler, Armstrong and Indiana counties, will receive at least $112 million more.
“We are very grateful for the additional funding,” said District 10 Executive Brian Allen. “We were able to add over twenty bridge projects across our district with these funds and will continue to move forward with our ongoing and new projects for 2022.”
Notable projects that will continue this year include:
- Replacing the final three structures carrying Route 56 over Sugar Hollow Run in Apollo Borough and northern and southern tributaries of the Kiskiminetas River in Kiskiminetas County, Armstrong County. Completion scheduled for fall 2022. $4.97 million
- Realignment project on Route 228 (Ball Turn Safety Improvement Project) in Middlesex Township, Butler County, including the addition of a traffic lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The project also includes the construction of four new structures and realigned local road connections, new signposted intersection, stream realignments and other miscellaneous construction. Completion scheduled for spring 2025. $26.5 million.
- Widening and resurfacing of Oakland Avenue (Route 286) and the US 422 interchange and replacement of the bridge over McCarthy Run Creek in White Township, Indiana. Completion scheduled for the winter of 2023. US$ 19.8 million.
- Replacing the existing structure (Coder Bridge) carrying Route 28 over Clement Run in Rose Township, Jefferson County. Completion scheduled for the winter of 2022. US$ 2.9 million.
Notable projects that have started or are starting this year include:
- Armstrong County – Realignment on Route 28 Goheenville Dip in Pine Township. US$ 16.6 million
- Safety improvement project, including road realignment, replacement of bridges, continuation of truck uphill lane, and addition of turning lanes on intersection roads.
- Butler County – Route 488 Portersville Bridge, Muddy Creek Township. US$ 6.3 million
- Replacement project for the bridge over Interstate 79. The new structure will be a two-span steel multi-girder bridge. Traffic will be maintained at all times on Route 488. Interstate ramps will have short-term detours during construction.
- Clarion County – Repaving Route 338 Alum Rock East in Richland Township. US$ 3.2 million
- Resurfacing approximately 6 miles of Route 338, which includes minor drainage and guide rail improvements, base repair and new wear courses.
- Indiana County – US 422 Mentch Bridges Eastbound/Westbound, Cherryhill Township. US$ 7.6 million
- The Route 422 Mentch Bridges project includes the replacement of the east and west bridges that carry Route 422 over Route 8016 (Ramp D) in Cherry Hill Township. Route 8016 (Ramp D) is the eastbound exit ramp from Route 422 that connects Route 422 to Route 553. The design objective is to increase the vertical clearance over Route 8016 (Ramp D). One structure will be replaced in 2022 and the other structure in 2023.
- Jefferson County – I-80 Brookville East PM/Bridge Preservation, Pine Creek Township. $17 million
- Resurfacing of I-80 in Jefferson County from the East Clarion County Line for approximately 12 miles to mile marker 84. The project will include base repair and new wear and tear courses and resurfacing of existing ramps at Exit 81 (Hazen). The project will also include a new epoxy overlay of five structures in Clarion County, including the Clarion River Bridge.
As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate many work zones and is urged to bear in mind their safety and the safety of road workers. When you find a work zone, drive at the indicated speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and signals, and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, drivers are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the junction point and must take turns at the junction in the open lane.
Drivers can check conditions on major highways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 traffic cameras.
The 511PA is also available via a smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices by calling 5-1-1 or following regional Twitter alerts.
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