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Wolf Administration Previews 2019 East Central Region Construction Season

04/16/2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today highlighted transportation investments for 2019 in the district’s six-county, east central region. More than 130 highway and bridge contracts are expected to be underway in the region this year.

“These roadway and bridge improvements are essential to keep the region attractive for businesses and providing efficient mobility for our customers” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These projects also aim to improve safety.” 

The department plans on investing more than $281 million this year in the PennDOT Engineering District 5 region spanning Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. Work in the region this year will pave approximately 366 miles of roads and replace or rehabilitate 64 bridges.

In addition to construction projects, PennDOT’s regional county maintenance employees will resurface 32 miles of lower-traffic roads with Recycled Asphalt Pavement this year.

“We look forward to the new construction season,” District Executive Michael W. Rebert said. “We take pride in constructing and reconstructing a safe, efficient transportation network.”

Notable projects that started or will continue this year include:

• Reconstruction of Interstate 78 between Exit 35 (PA 143/Lenhartsville) and Lehigh County line in Greenwich Township, Berks County ($168.3 million);
• Rehabilitation of the Penn Street Bridge over U.S. 422/West Shore Bypass in City of Reading and West Reading Borough, Berks County ($42.5 million);
• Reconstruction of Business Route 422 in City of Reading, Mt. Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs and Exeter Township, Berks County ($11.8 million);
• Repairs to 19 bridges in various municipalities in Berks County ($7.6 million);
• Mill and microsurface of I-78 between exits 16 (Midway) and 29 (Reading/Pottsville) in Bethel, Upper Tulpehocken, Upper Bern and Tilden townships, Berks County ($5.9 million);
• East Wall Street Bridge over Schuylkill River replacement in Leesport Borough, Berks County ($4.8 million);
• Resurfacing of Kutztown Road between Routes 12 and 222 in Laureldale Borough and Muhlenberg Township, Berks County ($4 million);
• Shoey Road Bridge replacement over Schuylkill River in Centre Township and Shoemakersville Borough, Berks County ($3.7 million);
• Intersection improvements at Route 183 and New Schaefferstown Road in Jefferson Township, Berks County ($3.1 million);
• Replacement of Route 562 Bridge over Manatawny Creek in Amity Township, Berks County ($2.5 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 183 between 3rd and Mercer streets in the City of Reading, Berks County ($2 million);
• Project to improve I-80 between exits 273 (PA 940 / PA 437) and 293 (JCT I-380) in Carbon and Luzerne counties including concrete cracking and seating, paving, and placing new line paint ($25.7 million); 
• Rock-slide mitigation along Route 209 in Mahoning Township, Carbon County ($3.5 million);
• Resurfacing of Broadway/West Broadway in Jim Thorpe Borough and Rockport Road in Lehigh Township, Carbon County ($495,000);
• Repairs to 13 bridges in various municipalities in Carbon, Monroe and Schuylkill counties ($6 million);
• U.S. 22 at Fullerton Avenue Interchange: reconstruction and replacement of U.S. 22 bridges over Lehigh River in Lehigh County ($64.7 million);
• Rehabilitation of the Tilghman Street Bridge over Lehigh River, Norfolk Southern Rail Road and local streets in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County ($21.9 million);
• Repair and resurface I-78 in Lehigh County ($7.6 million);
• Project to improve I-78 in Lehigh and Northampton counties including patching, milling and paving of the passing lanes ($5.8 million);
• Repairs to 11 bridges in various municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties ($4.1 million);
• East Station Avenue and South Main Street streetscape enhancements in Coopersburg Borough, Lehigh County including crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian lighting and extension of Saucon Rail Trail from Landis Street to Station Avenue ($1.4 million);
• Project to install center median barrier on U.S. 222/Fred Jaindl Memorial Highway in Lehigh County ($765,000);
• Reconstruction of Route 611 from Scotrun to Swiftwater in Pocono Township, Monroe County, including creating new traffic lanes with two through lanes and a center left turning lane, designated left turn lanes at intersections; installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Route 611 and Brookdale Road; replacing the Route 611 bridge over Scotrun; repairing the Route 611 culvert over Scotrun; and repairing the Route 611 culvert over a tributary to Scotrun ($12.3 million);
• Replacement of two ramp bridges at Exit 310 on I-80, including installation of a roundabout at intersection of River Road, Foxtown Hill Road and Broad Street in Delaware Water Borough and Smithfield Township, Monroe County ($14.1 million); 
• Resurfacing of Route 115 between Kuhenbeaker Road and Tobyhanna Creek in Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock townships, Monroe County ($2.6 million);
• Replacement of the Route 191 (Stites Tunnel) Bridge over Paradise Creek in Pocono Township, Monroe County ($8.1 million);
• Project to improve I-80 west between exits 293 (JCT I-380) and 284 (PA 115) in Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock townships, Monroe County including patching and microsurfacing ($2.5 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 248 between routes 946 and 512 in Bath Borough, Lehigh, Moore, and East Allen townships, Northampton County ($4.1 million);
• Replacement of Route 248 bridge over Monocacy Creek in Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County ($3.5 million);
• Project to improve I-81 between exits 131 (PA 54) and 141 (PA 424) in Schuylkill County including milling, patching and paving ($16.5 million);
• Project to improve I-81 between exits 119 (Highridge Park Road) and 124 (PA 61) in Schuylkill County including milling, patching and paving ($10.7 million);
• U.S. 209 Bridge over Reading Blue Mountain Northern Railroad and West Branch Schuylkill River replacement in Branch Township, Schuylkill County ($4.9 million);
• Route 309 Pavement Preservation Project in Rush Township, Schuylkill County ($3.9 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 901 in Minersville Borough, Cass and Foster townships, Schuylkill County ($3.1 million);
• Project to improve I-81 between exits 100 (PA 443) and 112 (PA 25) in Schuylkill County including edgeline repairs, centerline repairs and microsurfacing ($2.8 million);
• Repairs to six bridges along I-81 between exits 107 (U.S. 209) and 112 (PA 25) in Schuylkill County ($2.4 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 443 between Route 635 and Hallton Hill Road in Pine Grove Borough and Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County ($1.6 million);
• Resurfacing of Aristes Road between the Columbia County line and Little Mountain Road in Union Township, Schuylkill County ($1.2 million).

Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:
• Roundabout installation at two unsignalized PA 73 and PA 662 intersections in Oley Township, Berks County ($5.7 million);
• Concrete slab stabilization and bridge repairs on U.S. 222 in Wyomissing Borough, Bern, Spring and Muhlenberg townships, Berks County (est. $5 million-$6 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 534 between Route 903 and Monroe County line in Penn Forest and Kidder townships, Carbon County ($1.4 million);
• Retaining wall repairs on Route 248 in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County ($987,000);
• Rehabilitation of Moseywood Road Bridge over I-80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County ($778,000);
• Reconstruction of Route 100 between Industrial Boulevard and Tilghman Street in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County (est. $16 million-$18 million);
• Installation of a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 222, Route 863 and Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County (est. $14 million - $16 million);
• Roadway improvements to include an additional southbound lane and intersection improvements on Route 987/Airport Road between City Line Road and U.S. 22 in Allen and Hanover townships, Lehigh County (est. $4 million-$6 million);
• Resurfacing of Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and I-78 in City of Allentown, South Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Lehigh County ($2.6 million);
• Route 29 Bridge replacement over Indian Creek in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County ($2.5 million);
• Resurfacing of Brookside Road between Hamilton Boulevard and Buckeye Road in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County ($1.7 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 100 in Macungie Borough, Lower Macungie and Upper Milford townships, Lehigh County ($1.5 million);
• Resurfacing of Route 314 between Manor Drive and Route 611 in Tobyhanna and Pocono townships, Monroe County (est. $1 million-$2 million);
• Reconstruction and widening of a portion of Route 115 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County ($6.9 million); 
• Resurfacing of U.S. 209 between Route 33 and I-80 in Hamilton and Stroud townships, Monroe County (est. $3 million-$4 million);
• Resurfacing of U.S. 22 between Bethman and Farmersville roads in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County ($6 million);
• Replacement of Water Street bridge over Saucon Creek in City of Bethlehem, Hellertown Borough and Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County ($3.8 million);
• Interchange improvements at U.S. 22 and 13th Street in Palmer Township and City of Easton, Northampton County ($2.7 million);
• Installation of high tension median guiderail and median barrier on Route 33 in Northampton Country ($2.3 million);
• Easton Avenue traffic signal upgrades in City of Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township, Northampton County (est. $1 million-$2 million);
• Replacement of Route 924 bridge over Mahanoy Creek, Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, and Main Street in Gilberton Borough, Schuylkill County ($11.6 million);
• Gap Street Bridge replacement over Pine Creek in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County ($1.6 million); and
• Replacement of the New Philadelphia Road bridge over Pine Creek in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County ($886,000).
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 transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check 511PA before we they travel for the latest conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow regional PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentown, and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Ronald J. Young, Jr., M.P.A., 610-871-4555, ronyoung@pa.gov; Sean A. Brown, 610-871-4556, sebrown@pa.gov.

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