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PennDOT Announces 2017 Beaver County Highway and Bridge Improvement Projects


March 20, 2017
PennDOT Announces 2017 Beaver County Highway and Bridge Improvement Projects
PittsburghPennDOT is pleased to announce the 2017 Beaver County transportation improvement project list for state-owned roads and bridges.
District 11 will invest an estimated $55 million on 11 projects to improve, preserve or rehabilitate key transportation infrastructure including eight bridges (two structurally deficient) in Beaver County in 2017. In addition, 46 miles of roadway will be paved or resurfaced. Approximately seven projects will be bid this year valued at an estimated $56 million.  
“Launching major improvement projects such as the Route 351 Koppel Bridge replacement and I-376 Beaver Valley Expressway upgrade will greatly benefit Beaver County,” said District Executive, Dan Cessna. “We are continuing our improvements to the Vanport Bridge, initiating improvements to another section of Route 65, and continuing our Freedom Road Upgrade Project.”
Here’s a preview of the major improvements scheduled for 2017 in Beaver County:
Projects continuing from 2016 with major work remaining
Route 65 – Crows Run Road to Route 18
Ramp closures at the Freedom interchange will occur in 2017 as the $20.21 million Route 65 improvement project continues in Beaver County. Crews will conduct expansion dam repairs, a latex overlay and painting of the southbound Route 65 on and off-ramps in Freedom Borough.  Long-term ramp closures and weekend closures of Route 65 will occur. Additional work includes ADA curb cut ramp installation, drainage work and guide rail improvements.  The overall project will conclude in late October 2017.
Freedom Road Upgrade
Earthwork operations, Route 65 improvements, and the relocation and reconstruction of Freedom Road (Route 2004) through the former Crows Run Road (T-575) corridor will continue in 2017. Additional work includes the construction of a bridge at Romigh Road and drainage improvements. Single-lane restrictions will continue on Route 65 and T-575 traffic will be detoured. The $19.43 million project will continue with additional phases in 2018 and conclude in the spring of 2019.
Vanport Bridge Rehabilitation
The $15.87 million Vanport Bridge Rehabilitation project resumed in early March. The project includes the painting of the structure, a deck overlay, new bearings, dam replacements, lighting improvements and electrical upgrades on the bridge that carries I-376 over the Ohio River in Vanport and Potter Townships. Single-lane traffic in each direction will be maintained on the bridge. The overall project will conclude in mid-December 2017.
Projects starting construction in 2017
Route 65 – Allegheny County to Crows Run Road
The $8.25 million Route 65 roadway resurfacing project will begin in April in Beaver County. Work will occur between Crows Run Road in Conway Borough and Allegheny County. Additional work includes milling and resurfacing, drainage and guide rail updates, curb and sidewalk work, bridge and retaining wall preservation, sign structure maintenance, and signal improvements. Long-term restrictions will occur with at least one lane of traffic maintained in each direction. The overall project will be completed in December 2017.
I-376 Beaver Valley Expressway – Vanport to Allegheny County
Concrete pavement restoration and milling and resurfacing work will occur in two locations on the I-376 Beaver Valley Expressway in 2017. The I-376 improvements will occur from Allegheny County to approximately a half mile west of the Hopewell (Exit 48) interchange and from the Midland/Beaver (Exit 38A-B) interchange to approximately a half mile east of the Center (Exit 42) interchange. Restrictions include long-term, single-lane closures, overnight single-lane restrictions, and ramp closures with detours. Additional work includes structure preservation, sign upgrades, guide rail improvements, and pavement marking installation. The estimated $16-17 million project will begin May 2017 and conclude in late spring 2018.
Route 168 Salem Church Road Bridge Replacement
The estimated $1-2 million bridge replacement project is anticipated to begin in July in South Beaver Township, north of the intersection of Route 251. Work will include a full bridge replacement with minor approach work. To allow work to occur, a long-term closure and detour will be put in place. The overall work is expected to conclude in November 2017.
Route 351 Koppel Bridge Replacement
Work on the Route 351 Koppel Bridge replacement project over the Beaver River in Koppel Borough and New Sewickley Township began in January 2017. The $27.50 million project will also include signage, pavement markings, drainage, and guide rail installation. Traffic will be maintained on the existing bridge during the construction of the new bridge. To allow crews to connect the new bridge to the existing highway, a 60-day detour in the bridge area will occur in the fall of 2018.
Route 588 Steffins Hill Road Bridge Replacement
The $1.10 bridge replacement project in the City of Beaver Falls is expected to begin in April. Work to improve the bridge will occur along 24th Street, in the area between 25th Street and 10th Avenue. The existing bridge will undergo a full replacement with improvements including signage, pavement markings, drainage, and guide rail updates. The bridge is currently closed and will remain so until the project is completed in late September 2017. Traffic will continue to be detoured.
Route 3026 Gas Valley Road Bridge Replacement
Bridge replacement work over a branch of South Fork Tomlinson Run on Gas Valley Road (Route 3026) between Pumpkin Hollow Road and Whitehill Road in Hanover Township will begin in August. This $1.31 million project includes a full replacement of the bridge and minor roadway reconstruction with guide rail and pavement marking upgrades. Traffic will be detoured. Overall work is anticipated to conclude in September 2017.
Route 4034 Westwood Road Bridge Rehabilitation
Work on the Westwood Road (Route 4034) bridge between Fairview Road (Route 168) and Smiths Ferry Road in Ohioville Borough is expected to begin in late May. The $489,890 bridge rehabilitation project will include a roadway reconstruction with guide rail and pavement marking improvements. A full closure and detour of the bridge will be implemented. The overall work is anticipated to conclude in late September 2017.
Group Resurfacing Contracts
The routes listed below will be milled and resurfaced with drainage improvements and minor rehabilitation in 2017 under contract group projects (work areas may be subject to change):
·        Midland Beaver Road (Route 68) from Shell Street to Wolf Run Road (Route 4034) in Industry Borough;
·        Blackhawk Road (Route 251) from Old Blackhawk Road (Route 4029) in South Beaver Township to Darlington Road (Route 251) in Chippewa Township;
·        Brighton Road (Route 1003) from Mercer Road (Route 65) in North Sewickley Township to Hillside Avenue Ellwood City Borough; and
·        Taggart Road (Route 4002) from Ohio to Constitution Boulevard (Route 51) in Darlington Township.
In addition to the work listed above, District 11 will be making many improvements to the transportation system in Beaver County through various County Maintenance activities. District 11 will also be performing numerous bridge preservation and washing projects around the county in a continuing effort to address critical bridge needs. Visit the District 11 page under Regional Offices on for more information on PennDOT activities in Beaver County.
Work Zone Safety Tips
In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point. Once at the merge point, motorists are encouraged to take turns merging into the open lane and continue through the work zone.  When motorists cooperate and use the late merge system, it will create a zipper like effect with traffic which will reduce the length of the queue, allow traffic to move more fluidly and also prevent aggressive merging. 
If you encounter our work zones, please keep the following tips in mind for your safety and the safety of highway workers:
·      Drive the posted work-zone speed limit;
·      Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers;
·      Turn on your headlights;
·      Maintain a safe distance around vehicles, don´t tailgate;
·      Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly;
·      Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road;
·      Always buckle up;
·      Expect the unexpected,
·      Be patient.
Work Zone Laws - Pennsylvania´s work zone safety laws are designed to protect both highway workers and motorists:
Posted work zones - Headlights On - All motorists are required to travel with their headlights turned on in all posted work zones, not just active work zones. It is necessary for drivers in vehicles with daytime running lights to turn on their headlights in order to activate their taillights.
Active Work Zones - Posting of Active Work Zones - Active work zones are designated by a white flashing light attached to an “Active Work Zone” sign to notify motorists when they enter and leave the work zone. The flashing light will only be activated when workers are present and turned off when workers are not present.
Fifteen-Day Loss of License for Driving Dangerously - Motorists caught driving 11 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone, or who are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe speed, will automatically lose their license for 15 days.
Fines Doubled/Jail Time Increased - Fines for certain traffic violations - including speeding, driving under the influence, and failure to obey traffic devices - are doubled for active work zones. Also, the law provides for up to five years of additional jail time for individuals convicted of homicide by vehicle for a crash that occurred in an active work zone.
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