The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today highlighted that more than 87 projects will take place across the six-county region during the 2019 construction season.
“I am pleased to announce the many improvements – especially on rural roadways – that will be made across the region this year,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These needed improvements on our rural networks are vital to our economy and our quality of life.”
Annual Transportation Outreach sessions began today in Bedford and Fulton counties, with the District’s other four counties being held in the coming weeks. PennDOT representatives meet with area stakeholders during the outreach presentations to discuss the improvements that will be made during the upcoming construction season and in future seasons.
Overall highlights in the 2019 construction season for District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties) include:
• approximately 146 miles of paving;
• approximately 55 bridges will be repaired or replaced; and
• approximately 327 miles of roadway will be seal coated.
“This is the 21st consecutive year that PennDOT’s Engineering District 9 has conducted outreach meetings for legislators, municipal officials, planning and economic development agencies, and community leaders in each of our six counties,” District 9 Executive Thomas Prestash said. “This year we will see over $97 million worth of new construction projects on area roadways.”
Notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:
• Route 219 - Meyersdale to Somerset Project consists of approximately 11 miles of new four-lane limited access highway in Summit, Brothersvalley and Somerset townships, Somerset County, $265 million;
• Interstate 99 - 17th Street to Grazierville consists of 11 miles of resurfacing in Logan, Antis and Snyder townships, Blair County, $27.8 million;
• Route 219 Jack Murtha Highway consists of 11 miles of roadway rehabilitation in Cambria and East Carroll townships, Cambria County, $8.2 million;
• Route 22 Canoe Creek Intersection Improvements consists of safety improvements including bicycle and pedestrian facilities at intersections accessing Canoe Creek State Park in Frankstown Township, Blair County, $9.7 million; and
• Route 915 Hopewell Bridge consists of replacing the structure carrying Route 915 over the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River and improvements to the intersection of Route 26 and Route 915 in Hopewell Borough and Broad Top and Hopewell townships, Bedford County, $11.5 million.
Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:
• I-70, Town Hill to Turnpike ramps, including installation of High Tension Cable Median Barrier (CMB) on I-70 in Fulton and Bedford counties, $2.6 million;
• U.S. 30 Breezewood resurfacing for 3.6 miles in East Providence Township, Bedford County, $3.7 million;
• Route 1001, from U.S. 22 to Route 4004 (Goods Lane) resurfacing, 5.8 miles in Allegheny, Blair, and Logan townships, Blair County, $3.4 million;
• Route 56, Point Stadium Bridge rehabilitations includes rehabilitation of the Point Stadium Bridge, War Memorial Bridge and Kernville Viaduct along Route 56 over the Stonycreek River and resurfacing of 2.2 miles, as well as slope failure repair and reconnection of the James Wolfe Trail near the intersection of Washington Street, City of Johnstown, Cambria County, $3.6 million;
• Route 219, Carrolltown improvements including safety improvements, roadway rehabilitation, revised parking, access control, and signal upgrades on U.S. Route 219 from Old Bridge Road (T-465) to Route 4013 (Sunset Road), 2.1 miles, in East Carroll Township and Carrolltown Borough, Cambria County, $4.1 million;
• Route 219, Plank Road curve improvements including intersection re-alignment and horizontal/vertical alignment improvements on U.S. 219 (Plank Road) from T-484 (Twenty Mine Road) to just beyond T-465 (Old Brick Road), 0.3 miles, in East Carroll Township, Cambria County, $1.4 million;
• Route 913, Roaring Run Bridge project including replacement of the structure carrying Route 913 over Roaring Run between the intersection of Hoover Road (Route 4015) and Route 913 and the intersection of Route 4017 (Houck Road) and Route 913 in Wells Township, Fulton County, $1.7 million;
• Route 2003 resurfacing on 7 miles from Route 2002 (Tollgate Ridge Road) to U.S. 522 in Thompson and Belfast townships, Fulton County, $1.4 million;
• Route 2001, Sideling Hill Creek #2 includes replacement of structure carrying Selea Hollow Road (Route 2001) over Sideling Hill Creek near the intersection of Bratton Roade (T-453) in Clay Township, Huntingdon County, $1.1 million;
• Resurfacing on Route 4007 (Petersburg Pike) from Route 305 to Cold Spring Road, 6.7 miles, in Oneida and Logan townships and Petersburg Borough, Huntingdon County, $2.6 million;
• Route 2047, Brotherton Road to Berlin/Somerset Interchange consisting of 14.9 miles of resurfacing in Brothersvalley and Somerset townships and Somerset Borough, Somerset County, $7.7 million; and
• Route 3010, Mud Pike improvements consisting of highway reconstruction including widening on Route 3010 (East Mud Pike Road) beginning at the intersection of Route 2031 (Garrett Shortcut Road) continuing north to U.S. Route 219 (Berlin Plank Road), 4.4 miles, in Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County, $11.3 million.
Information from the District’s Transportation Outreach sessions will be available after each session by clicking “2019 Transportation Outreach” on the district web page, www.penndot.gov/District9.
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 Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways 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.
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