Wolf Administration Previews 2019 Southwest Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects
PennDOT anticipates more than 104 projects in southwest PA
Uniontown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration George W. McAuley, Jr., P.E. joined District 12 Executive Joseph J. Szczur, P.E. today to announce that 104 projects will take place across the southwest region during the 2019 construction season.
“I am pleased that the department can deliver on these much-needed construction projects to meet the needs of our motoring public,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “The attention given to our transportation system will significantly improve the commute for the traveling public.”
Highlights for PennDOT District 12 (Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties) include:
• $122 million in construction lettings;
• approximately 126 highway miles of resurfacing; and
• approximately 111 bridges will be repaired or replaced.
“Each year we and our private-sector partners work hard to maintain and enhance our transportation system,” McAuley said. “These investments are critical to our quality of life and economy, which is why Governor Wolf has proposed Restore Pennsylvania to improve lower-traffic roadways across the state.”
Today’s announcement was made at the PennDOT District 12 Washington County Maintenance Office during a briefing to discuss new and continuing projects the public will see throughout the 2019 construction season.
“This year’s construction season reflects a large portfolio of projects, ranging from bridge replacements, roadway resurfacing, surface improvements, signals, intersection improvements, general maintenance contracts, to the large-scale interstate projects,” said Szczur. “Thanks to extensive project development and collaboration between stakeholders at the state, county and municipal levels as well as with the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, we are able to bring these important improvements to the southwest region.”
Notable projects continuing construction this year include:
• Interstate 70 from Beau Street to Route 519 in Washington County ($117.8 million);
• I-70 at Route 31 Interchange in Westmoreland County ($66.9 million);
• Ohiopyle Multimodal Gateway in Fayette County ($12.4 million);
• Route 166 from Hibbs to Brownsville in Fayette County ($4.6 million); and
• Route 1016 over Little Whitely Creek in Greene County ($1.7 million).
Notable projects expected to start this construction season include:
• Route 519 at Route 980 and I-79 safety improvements in Washington County ($26.8 million);
• Route 356 Truck Climbing Lane in Westmoreland County ($15.4 million);
• Route 4007 over Route 22 structure replacement in Washington County ($6.3 million);
• Route 4007 over Route 22 in Washington County ($6.3 million);
• Route 8042 over Route 40 Structure Replacement in Washington County ($2.2 million);
• 2019 Slide Repairs district wide in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. ($4 million to $5 million estimate);
• Rural Commercial Routes 2019 resurfacing in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties ($5 million to $6 million estimate);
• Route 2040 over Coal Lick Run (A10) structure replacement in Fayette County ($3 million to $4 million estimate); and
• Route 2040 over Redstone Creek (B10) structure replacement in Fayette county ($3 million to $4 million estimate).
As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep their safety and the safety of highway workers in mind. 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.
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