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Interstate 90 Reconstruction Projects

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Project Overview

PennDOT will reconstruct or restore approximately 28 miles of I-90 in 10 years through a series of contracts.

The first project started in 2019 and focused on reconstructing I-90 from the Ohio state line to mile marker 3.5 near the Route 6N exits in Springfield Township, as well as paving from mile maker 10.5 to mile marker 18. It is expected to be completed spring 2021.   

A second contract to reconstruct from mile marker 3.5 and to near mile marker 10.5 in Springfield Township, Girard Township, and Platea Borough is expected for to done from 2021 to 2023. 

Another contract includes repaving 10 miles of I-90 in Harborcreek, Greenfield and North East townships from the I-86 interchange to the New York state line. The project is expected to start during the 2021 construction season.

The design phase for a project focused on the reconstruction of mile marker 10.5 to mile marker 18 is expected to start in 2022 with construction tentatively planned to get underway in 2027. 

Miles 0 to 3.5

This multi-year project improved nearly 11 miles of Interstate 90 in Summit, Springfield, Girard, and Fairview townships in Erie County.

The $37.6 million project included the removal and replacement of the Huntley Road (Route 3012) Bridge in Springfield Township, Erie County. The new concrete bridge, which offers a higher clearance height for traffic on I-90, was opened on October 11, 2019.

Preservation work from mile marker 10 to mile marker 18 in Girard and Fairview townships and the creations of high-speed crossovers needed for the second year of the project was also completed during the 2019 construction season.

Work to pave the westbound lanes from the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line to just east of the Route 6N exits was completed during the 2021 construction season.

Along with reconstructing the roadway, work included the installation of a new right-of-way fence and cable median barrier, brush removal, updated guiderail, and signs, as well as the design and construction of new sign foundations. 

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Miles 3.5 to 10.5

The $66.1 million project, which is considered phases 2 and 3 of a long-term reconstruction plan, includes the 6.85-mile section of I-90 beginning near mile marker 3.5 and extending east to near mile marker 10.5, located in Springfield Township, Girard Township, and Platea Borough. Work will also include replacement or rehabilitation of five bridges and teardrop roundabouts at the Route 18 interchange.

The project officially started on March 22, 2021, with work at the Route 215 bridge. Roadway started in early April 2021. The project is expected to take three years to complete. Lane closures and traffic control will be needed on the interstate and adjacent roads throughout the project.

Year one will include construction of the new Route 215 bridge; intersection improvements at Underridge Road and Rea Road; preliminary work on the new Route 18 bridge; a highspeed cross over near mile marker 9.5, and preservation work on the McKee Road bridge. 

In the following years, the eastbound and westbound lanes will be reconstructed, bridges over Neiger Road will be replaced, and the Route 18 interchange and bridge will be rebuilt. Traffic on I-90 will be restricted to one lane in each direction.

Throughout the project, work will also include updates to the drainage, guiderail, cable median barrier, highway lighting, pavements markings.

Additional information on the project is available in the 2018 Public Presentation as well as the project press release.

Miles 40 to NY State Border

A $15.4 million resurfacing project that will give motorists a smoother ride on the eastern portion of Interstate 90 in Erie County is scheduled to start Monday, July 26, 2021. 

The multi-year project includes repaving more than 10 miles of I-90 in Harborcreek, Greenfield, and North East townships from the I-86 interchange at mile marker 35 to the New York state line. 

The project includes repairs to the culvert that carries I-90 over 16 Mile Creek near Exit 41 (Route 89) North East Township.  

The second year of the project (2022) will include milling, paving, and drainage upgrades on the east and westbound lanes from mile marker 35 near the Interstate 86 interchange to near mile marker 40.  

In the third year of the project (2023), work will include milling, paving, and drainage improvements from near mile marker 40 to the New York state line. 

Motorists should anticipate lane restrictions and speed reductions, and be alert for traffic pattern changes. 

Miles 10.5 to 18

The design phase for a project focused on the reconstruction of mile marker 10.5 to mile marker 18 is expected to start in 2022 with construction tentatively planned to get underway in 2027.  

Project Updates

9-22-21

Motorists should be alert for weekend paving work planned for Interstate 90 westbound from Exit 9 (Route 18, Girard/Platea) to Exit 3 (Route 6N, West Springfield/Cherry Hill).

There will be lane restrictions in place on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, 2021. Drivers should be alert to changing traffic patterns and slowed traffic.

9-21-21

The closure of the Interstate 90 eastbound Exit 9 (Route 18, Girard/Platea) and the Route 18 on ramp to I-90 westbound have been delayed until Monday, September 27, 2021.

For Route 18 northbound, access to the Interstate 90 eastbound on ramp will remain open, as will access to Cross Station Road and the businesses along that roadway. The I-90 westbound Exit 9 to Route 18 northbound is also expected to remain open.

Truck drivers are reminded to follow detour signs and obey weight limits and height restrictions. 

9-8-21

The Route 18 bridge over Interstate 90 is closed to traffic as work continues to remove the structure following multiple hits by over-height vehicles.

All ramps to I-90 are expected to remain open until September 20, 2021, at which that time the on ramp to I-90 westbound and Exit 9 (Route 18, Girard/Platea) for I-90 eastbound traffic are expected to close.

A detour for Route 18 through traffic is posted using Route 20, Route 6N and Route 98. Truck drivers are reminded to follow detour signs and obey weight limits and height restrictions. 

9-1-21

The detour was announced to the Route 18 bridge closure. Detours are expected to change as work progresses, with an emphasis being placed on maintaining access to the interstate. 

Starting September 7, 2021, a detour for Route 18 through traffic will be posted using Route 20, Route 6N and Route 98.

For Route 18 northbound, access to the Interstate 90 eastbound on ramp will remain open, as will access to Cross Station Road and the businesses along that roadway. The I-90 westbound on ramp will be closed to all traffic. Traffic on Route 18 wanting to go on I-90 westbound should use I-90 eastbound, Exit 16 (Fairview/Franklin Center) to turn around and go west.

I-90 westbound traffic will be able to use Exit 9 to access Route 18 northbound. A detour will also be posted for the other I-90 traffic wanting to access Route 18.

I-90 eastbound traffic wanting to go northbound should use Exit 3 and follow the detour on Route 6N and Route 20. Drivers on I-90 eastbound and westbound wanting to access the Route 18 southbound and the businesses south of the bridge should use Exit 3 (Route 6N, West Springfield Township/Cherry Hill).

Truck drivers are reminded to follow detour signs and obey weight limits and height restrictions. 

8-27-21

There will be an emergency demolition of the bridge that carries Route 18 over I-90. The work will require temporary lane restrictions and rolling closures on Interstate 90, as well as a detour of Route 18 traffic starting September 7, 2021.

The Route 18 bridge, which has a shoulder closed, will be closed completely and work to remove the structure will begin after the Labor Day holiday.

Detours will be posted for Route 18 and I-90 traffic and may vary as the work progresses. Motorists should be alert for changing traffic patterns and follow posted detour signs. 

Daytime temporary lane restrictions will be in place on I-90 in the area of the bridge starting September 8, 2021, as preliminary demolition work gets underway. 

Nighttime rolling closures will be used while the bridge deck and beams are removed. These are expected to be in place between 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM from September 13 to September 15, 2021. 

7-23-21

Motorists should be alert for traffic pattern changes, including shoulder closings and lane restrictions, on Interstate 90 near Exit 41 (Route 89, North East). The restrictions are needed for repairs to be made to the culvert that carries I-90 over 16 Mile Creek in North East Township.  The traffic restrictions are expected to be in place as needed between July 26 to October 1, 2021.