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Wolf Administration Previews 2019 North Central Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects

04/01/2019

PennDOT anticipates 127 projects in north central PA

Montoursville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that 127 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the nine-county north central region during this construction season.

“Significant progress has been made in improving our transportation system,” Governor Tom Wolf said of today’s announcement. “This important work will continue so those who live and do business in Pennsylvania have the safest, and most modern and efficient highway network possible.”

Today’s announcement was made as Montoursville-based PennDOT Engineering District 3 staff continued their annual outreach to local officials and editorial boards for the upcoming construction season.

The department anticipates investing more than $160 million this year in the PennDOT Engineering District 3 region spanning Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties. This investment includes rehabilitating, reconstructing and resurfacing 152 miles of highways and starting 20 new bridge projects.

Additionally, preservation work will be performed on 57 bridges. Preservation treatments such as epoxy overlays extend the life of the bridges.

“A well-maintained, sustainable transportation system is a key component of the economic vitality of the state,” Richards said. “We understand investing in this valuable resource is an investment in our future.”

Notable projects that will continue this year include:

• The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties, $865 million;
• Route 6 reconstruction from Sugar Creek to Tomjack Road in Burlington Borough, West Burlington Township, and Troy Township, Bradford County, $11.5 million;
• Route 6 two-way center turn lane and bridge rehabilitation in Wellsboro Borough and Charleston Township, Tioga County, $3.1 million;
• The Duke Street (Route 147/Route 11) Reconstruction Project in Northumberland Borough, Northumberland County, $13.7 million;
• Route 154 bridge replacement in Fox Township, Sullivan County, $1.5 million;
• Interstate 180 resurfacing from Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to Muncy Creek in Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming County, $7.3 million;
• Route 339 widening and resurfacing from West Street to Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township, Columbia County, $5.3 million;
• Route 549 bridge replacement in Wells Township, Bradford County, $3.4 million.

Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

• I-80 restoration from Mexico Road to Route 54 in Liberty and Valley townships, Montour County, $4.3 million;
• I-180 resurfacing and bridge preservation from Route 15 in Williamsport to the I-180 on-ramp in Montoursville, Lycoming County, $3 million;
• Routes 220/405 intersection reconstruction in Hughesville Borough, Lycoming County, $2.9 million;
• Route 220 safety, access management and bridge improvements from Route 287 in Piatt Township to the West Fourth Street ramp in Woodward Township, Lycoming County, $36 million;
• Route 487 bridge replacement in Stillwater Borough, Columbia County, $1.3 million;
• Route 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road) resurfacing from Bottle Run Road in Old Lycoming Township to Route 973 West in Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, $3.6 million;
• Route 2014 (West Fourth Street) reconstruction from the U.S. 15 ramps to Arch Street and from Oliver Street to Hillside Avenue in the Newberry section of Williamsport, Lycoming County, $5.9 million;
• Route 2014 (East Third Street) resurfacing from Warrensville Road to River Avenue in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County, $3 million;
• Routes 4004/4008 (North Fourth Street/Shikellamy Avenue) resurfacing in the City of Sunbury, Northumberland County, $875,000;

Richards noted progress on the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project, which will address safety and congestion concerns on the U.S. 11/15 corridor in Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. Currently there are four contracts in place for this project, including the first contract for construction of the $155.6 million bridge spanning the Susquehanna River that will connect Route 147 in Northumberland County with Routes 11/15 in Union County.

The project is divided into northern and southern sections, with construction well underway in the northern portion. The department anticipates the northern section, which will connect U.S. 15 at Winfield to the existing four-lane highway south of the PA 45/147 Interchange, will be open to traffic in 2022. The southern section, which will connect the U.S. 11/15 interchange at Selinsgrove to the Winfield Interchange, currently is in final design.

“This is a much needed and long-awaited project that will have positive impacts far beyond the region and state,” Richards said.

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.

“There are numerous construction projects starting or continuing in the north central region. We ask motorists to use caution and devote 100 percent of their attention to the act of driving when traveling through our work zones,” said District 3 Executive Sandy Tosca. “This is one way we can ensure both the safety of our workers and our motorists.”

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

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties at www.penndot.gov/District3.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Dave Thompson, 570-368-4202, or at dmthompson@pa.gov.

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