Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 11 officials highlighted more than 65 projects expected to be in construction this year in the Pittsburgh region and discussed the benefits of funding for regional roads and bridges from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Fixing and maintaining Pennsylvania's roads, highways, and bridges is a top priority of the Shapiro administration. Today's announcement builds on Governor Shapiro's commitment to ensuring Pennsylvanians can travel across the Commonwealth safely.
"With the additional funding from the BIL for highways and bridges, our communities will be seeing more improvements than would have been possible without this critical investment," said Acting District Executive Doug Seeley. "This added investment will bring meaningful projects that will modernize our infrastructure whilecreating sustainable, good-paying jobs for our local economies."
Overall highlights of the estimated $329 million 2023 construction season for District 11, which covers Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence counties, include:
- approximately 825 miles of paving or roadway maintenance;
- approximately 38 bridges will be repaired or replaced including 12 in poor condition; and
- approximately 37 slides will be repaired.
"Construction season is underway in District 11 and we are excited to deliver projects that will greatly improve our infrastructure and enhance transportation throughout our region," said Jason Zang, assistant district executive of construction. "We thank the public for remaining safe and patient when traveling through our work zones."
Notable ongoing projects that will conclude this year include:
- Route 28 Highland Park Interchange Improvement Project to address an existing bottleneck, roadway and ramp reconstruction, and improve safety in Allegheny County, $47.3 million;
- I-79 Neville Island Bridge rehabilitation in Allegheny County, $42.1 million;
- The final phase of the Freedom Road Upgrade roadway reconstruction and realignment in Beaver County, $21.7 million; and
- Route 65 East Washington Street betterment project in Lawrence County valued at $7.61 million.
Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:
- New Kensington Bridge preservation project in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, $24.5 million;
- Route 2048 William Penn Highway rehabilitation and preservation project in Allegheny County, $21.3 million;
- Route 4003 McKnight Road betterment project in Allegheny County, $19 million;
- Route 18 Monaca-Rochester Bridge preservation project in Beaver County, estimated at $6.5 million; and
- I-79 betterment project in Lawrence County, estimated at $13.5 million.
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 to take turns merging into the open lane.
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