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Wolf Administration Previews 2019 Construction Season for Northwest Region


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today highlighted major projects among the more than 100 projects that will take place during the 2019 construction season in the northwest region, which includes Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties.

“I am pleased to announce a robust list of transportation projects for the northwest region, including continued use of innovative and cost-effective processes to support the rural roadway system,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These improvements to our secondary networks are vital to the economy and the quality of life of residents throughout the region.”

Overall, the 2019 construction season for District 1 will include:
• approximately 3.5 miles of reconstructed four-lane interstate;
• approximately 151 miles of paving;
• approximately 53 bridges will be replaced or rehabilitated; and
• approximately 458 miles of roadway will be seal coated.

Efforts to maintain the rural transportation system in District 1 will include replacing ad rehabilitating small bridges through the regional in-house Department Force program and preservation of metal culvert pipes through the shotcrete process.

Bridges set for replacement by Department Forces include two bridges in Crawford County and one bridge in Warren County. Bridge components were made during the winter months and will be assembled on site by PennDOT employees from the northwest region. Additionally, the crews will rehabilitate 12 more bridges throughout the region.

Through the District’s shotcrete program, 11 large metal pipes and arches under state roadways will be preserved at a fraction of the cost of replacement. The process includes spraying a concrete lining to the inside of the pipes, increasing their service life by an estimated 50 years. Pipes slated to receive the shotcrete treatment in 2019 are located in Forest, Venango, and Warren counties.

“On top of our department-force program, we have an aggressive work schedule planned this year with several high-impact projects wrapping up and others beginning,” said Jim Foringer, P.E., district executive for the northwest region. “The program includes several safety projects, interstate preservations, and bridge rehabilitations and replacements.”

Notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:

• Route 20 – Girard Township, Erie County, bridge rehabilitation, $6.6 million;
• Interchange Road (Route 4012) and Zimmerly Road (Route 699) – Millcreek Township, Erie County, roadway reconstruction and bridge rehabilitation, $21 million;
• Interstate 79 – Milepost 168.5 to milepost 178, McKean Township, Erie County, $6.2 million;
• 38th Street (Route 4016) – City of Erie, Erie County, intersection safety improvement, $440,000;
• East State Street (Route 3008) – City of Sharon, Mercer County; roadway restoration and streetscape from Forker Boulevard to Oakland Avenue, $5.2 million;
• Various bridges over I-80 – Venango County; preservation projects, $2.5 million;
• 13th Street Railroad Crossing – City of Franklin, Venango County; safety project, $872,000; and
• Route 27 – roadway resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation in Pittsfield Township, Warren County, $4 million.

There are 21 projects scheduled for Crawford County, including:

• Big I (Routes 6, 322, 19 and 98) – Vernon Township, intersection safety improvement, roundabout, $6.1 million;
• Route 6 and Route 886 – Borough of Cambridge Springs and Cambridge Township, roadway resurfacing and restoration, $2.4 million;
• Route 198 – Summerhill Township, replacement of two bridges, $180,000;
• Route 322 – Fallowfield Township, bridge replacement, $645,000;
• Route 322 – Shenango Township, bridge replacement, $1 million;
• Route 77 – Athens, Bloomfield and Richmond townships, roadway resurfacing, $2.9 million;
• Various local roadways – City of Meadville and West Mead Township, repaving of Grove, South Main, Diamond, Allegheny, Terrace, North Main, State, Mercer and Limber streets and Leslie Road, $1.3 million; and
• Various railroad crossings – Borough of Cambridge Springs, safety improvements, $1.6 million.

There are 32 projects scheduled for Erie County, including:
• I-90 – Milepost 0 to milepost 3.5, Springfield Township, Erie County, roadway reconstruction, $40 million;
• I-86 eastbound – Milepost 1 to milepost 7, Greenfield Township, roadway preservation, $7.5 million; 
• I-86 westbound – Improvements to the I-90 exit, $200,000;
• Bayfront Parkway (Route 4034) – City of Erie, resurfacing from Greengarden and Sassafras Street, $2 million;
• Route 19 (Peach Street) – City of Erie, roadway restoration from 26th Street to 38th Street; $1.4 million;
• Route 290 – City of Erie, intersection safety improvement at Buffalo Road, $3.3 million;
• Route 19 and Route 197 – Borough of Waterford and Waterford Township, intersection safety improvement, $4.7 million;
• Zimmerman Road (local) – City of Erie, paving from 33rd Street to 38th Street, $170,000;
• Caughey Road – Millcreek Township, pedestrian safety improvements from Route 20 to Route 832, $465,000; and
• 18th Street (local) – City of Erie, Phase 4 (final) of streetscape in Little Italy neighborhood, $176,000.

There are five projects scheduled for Forest County, including:
• Route 62 and Route 36 – Borough of Tionesta and Tionesta Township, roadway resurfacing, $3.1 million;
• Route 666 – Howe Township, retaining wall repairs, $497,000;
• River Road (Route 2002) – Barnett Township, roadway resurfacing, $918,000; and
• German Hill Road (Route 4004) – Green and Kingsley townships, roadway resurfacing, $500,000.

There are 23 projects scheduled for Mercer County, including:
• Route 62 and State Street – City of Hermitage, intersection safety improvement, roundabout, $3.2 million;
• Route 208 – Pine Township and Borough of Grove City, resurfacing from Lake Road to Route 58, $1.3 million;
• Route 58 – Greene Township, bridge rehabilitation, $380,00;
• Fredonia Road (Route 1004) over I-79 – Lake Township, bridge rehabilitation, $800,000;
• Route 173 – Sandy Lake and Mill Creek townships, New Lebanon and Sandy Lake boroughs, resurfacing, $2.7 million; and
• Various local roads – Borough of Sharpsville, reconstruction of West High and North Sixth streets, $433,000.

There are 15 projects scheduled for Venango County, including:
• Route 257 and Route 322 – Cranberry Township, roadway resurfacing, $2.7 million;
• Atlantic Avenue (Route 4004) – City of Franklin, roadway restoration from Route 322 to North 13th Street, $760,000;
• Siverly Avenue (local) – City of Oil City, paving, $306,000;
• Route 62 (Liberty Street) – City of Franklin, mid-block safety improvement, $78,000;
• Various routes – City of Oil City, Barkeyville and Sugarcreek boroughs, Irwin and Cranberry townships, roadway resurfacing, $1.3 million; and
• Various bridges – Oil City and Franklin cities, Borough of Emlenton, Cranberry, Sandycreek, Victory, and Clinton townships, preservation work on six bridges, $1.4 million.

There are 16 projects scheduled for Warren County, including:
• Route 62 – Watson and Limestone townships, Hickory Township in Forest County, landslide repairs and roadway resurfacing, $13.4 million;
• Route 6 – Sheffield Township, roadway resurfacing, $3.4 million;
• Brown Run Road (Route 2010) – Mead Township, bridge replacement, $1.2 million;
• Route 6 over Ludlow Street – City of Warren, bridge rehabilitation, $800,000;
• Route 957 – Columbus, Freehold and Sugar Grove townships and Sugar Grove borough, roadway resurfacing from Erie County line to Lottsville, $4.2 million; and
• Route 27 – Pittsfield Township, roadway resurfacing from Route 6 to Route 426, $1 million.

A complete list of anticipated projects is available online through the 2019 Construction Book, which can be found under the District Links heading at

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’s transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

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