Harrisburg PA – Approximately 170 construction projects were active and 76 were completed in the PennDOT Engineering District 8 region covering Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties last year.
In addition to those projects, bids were opened for 66 contracts totaling nearly $211.8 million in value. Included in the contracts awarded in 2019, some of which are multi-year projects, was a new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) project aimed at improving safety and traffic operations at Route 222 and Route 322 near Ephrata, Lancaster County. This is the second DDI project in District 8 and only the third such interchange in the state. A DDI project currently is underway on Interstate 83, Exit 4 (Shrewsbury), in York County. This project began in spring 2019 and is expected to be completed in spring 2021.
In addition to work through contracts, resources were further maximized with department forces completing more than 75 miles of paving and 175 miles of seal coating (oil and chip) in 2019. District 8 department forces also placed more than 5,500 tons of Recycled Asphalt Paving, or RAP, which repurposes materials from projects onto other roadways by mixing ground millings with oil.
“Using recycled asphalt pavement is an innovative, environmentally friendly method of maintaining our low-volume roads,” said District 8 Executive Michael Keiser, P.E. “This process reduces the amount of asphalt that ends up in landfills and can be done by department-force crews.”
Work was performed on 57 state-owned bridges by contractors or department forces. This included the replacement or rehabilitation of 25 bridges, and preservation work on 25 bridges to extend the life of those bridges.
There were seven small bridge projects completed by department force crews. This included a bridge rehabilitation project completed by the Adams County Maintenance organization on Route 4004 (Quaker Valley Road) near Biglerville, for which the concrete bridge deck slabs for the project were fabricated at the county maintenance facility. Having the capability to cast bridge decks allows small department force bridge projects to be completed in a less costly and more efficient manner.
Below is a list, by county, of the major projects that were under construction last year. Some of the largest were multi-year projects that started prior to 2019.
• A $1,575,004 contract to repair and resurface a 2-mile section of Route 194 in southern Adams county from the Pennsylvania-Maryland State Line to St. Johns Road at the Germany Township-Littlestown Borough Line. Work was completed in July 2019.
• A $1,292,537 contract to remove the single-span concrete slab structure that carries Water Street over Spring Run just east of Fairfield Borough in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, and replace it with a precast concrete box culvert. This contract also includes replacing the superstructure of the bridge that carries Stoney Point Road over Mud Run at the Latimore-Reading Township Line. Work was completed in summer 2019.
• A $2,788,771 contract to repair and resurface a 2-mile section of U.S. 11, Carlisle Pike, from the intersection with Dapp Lane through the Village of Hogestown to the intersection with Route 114 in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County. Work was completed in August 2019.
• A $2,598,847 contract to replace the bridge that carries Route 74 over Letort Spring Run in Carlisle Borough, Cumberland County. Work includes the design of the new structure, coordinated utility work, removing the existing 83-year-old two-span concrete T-beam bridge and replacing it with a two-span prestressed concrete spread box beam bridge under staged construction, installation of erosion and sediment control measures, drainage work, roadway approach construction, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings. The roadway is restricted to a single 10-foot lane in each direction across the bridge through 2020 as crews demolish the existing bridge and replace it one half at a time.
• A $26,480,000 contract to resurface and preserve a 12.3-mile section of Interstate 81 in Southampton, Shippensburg, South Newton, and Penn townships. The work limits for this project are from the Franklin County Line in Shippensburg Township to the Kutz Road bridge in Penn Township. Work began in October and currently is in winter shutdown. Work will resume in the spring and is expected to be completed by October 2022.
• A $14,770,419 contract to repair and resurface a 10.5-mile section of Interstate 81 in Cumberland County from the bridge over Kutz Road in Penn Township through Dickinson and South Middleton townships to the bridge over Route 641, West Trindle Road, at Exit 49 for High Street in Carlisle Borough. This project also includes installation of Intelligent Transportation System equipment such as a Dynamic Message Sign along the northbound lanes at mile marker 26 and six closed-circuit television video cameras. Work is expected to be completed by February 2021.
• A $4,144,090 contract to repair and resurface a 1.3-mile section of Interstate 83 from the Yellow Breeches Creek at the Cumberland-York County Line to the Susquehanna River. Work was completed in fall 2019.
• A $3,647,491 contract to improve the Route 581 interchange with Creekview Road in Hampden Township. Work included widening Creekview Road approaching the bridge over Route 581, widening the ramps to accommodate turn lanes, and the installation of traffic signals on Creekview Road at the interchange ramps. Construction began in early October 2018 and was substantially completed in December 2019. Minor finishing work is scheduled for this spring.
• A $7,789,631 contract to replace the Route 1025 (Erford Road) bridge over the Camp Hill Bypass in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County. Work included some design requirements for the removal of the existing 66-year-old two-lane three-span continuous steel I-beam bridge, full-depth reconstruction of the ramps, realignment of the roadway, and construction of a new wider bridge superstructure that will accommodate two through lanes and a center-turn lane. Work was completed in fall 2019.
• A $10,370,134 contract to repair and preserve three ramp bridges within the I-81 Exit 67 interchange with U.S. 22. The two bridges that carry portions of the southbound I-81 off-ramp to eastbound U.S. 22 and Cameron Street were completed in 2019. The 16-span flyover bridge that carries Cameron Street to southbound I-81 will be repaired starting this spring.
• A $104,747,344 interstate reconstruction contract to widen and rebuild a 2.77-mile section of I-83 east of the City of Harrisburg from just south of Exit 48 for Union Deposit Road, through Exit 50 for U.S. 22 (Colonial Park/Progress), to Exit 51 for Interstate 81.
Work started in 2018 to prepare to widen the interstate along the outside of the current alignment for the additional northbound and southbound lanes on I-83, construct retaining walls, and begin widening the mainline bridge structures, and construct sound barriers. The widened section of the roadway will be completed in 2020. Work on the middle (existing) lanes will begin in December of 2020 and the entire project is expected to be completed in 2021. This project is part of the I-83 Capital Beltway Project addressing pavement conditions, congestion, and safety in the I-83 corridor.
• A $89.4 million contract to rebuild six miles of Route 283 as well as the PA Turnpike, Union Street, and Vine Street interchanges. Work began in the spring of 2017 with the rehabilitation of the three structures that carry Newberry Road, Union Street, and Vine Street over Route 283. Structure work also was performed on the Route 283 bridge over I-283, the Turnpike Industrial Road bridge, Lumber Street bridge, and Swatara Creek bridge. Westbound Route 283 was rebuilt in 2018 and eastbound Route 283 was reconstructed in 2019. Final paving is expected to be completed this year.
• A $2,651,004 contract to repair and resurface a 3.24-mile section of U.S. 30, Lincoln Way East, near the Village of Fayetteville from just east of the intersection with Norlo Drive in Guilford Township to just west of the intersection with Route 997 in Greene Township, Franklin County. Work was completed in November 2019.
• A $2,754,495 contract to repair and resurface three roads in Franklin and Cumberland counties. Work includes a 3-mile section of Route 696 that follows Olde Scotland Road near Interstate 81 from just west of the Sheetz on United Drive in Southampton Township to its intersection with South Fayette Street and continues to U.S. 11, West King Street in Shippensburg Borough; a section of Route 533, North Morris Street, from the Shippensburg Borough-Southampton Township Line just west of Westover Road to U.S. 11, West King Street; and a section of Route 533, Orrstown Road, from the intersection of Campbell Circle through Orrstown Borough to 1,450 feet west of Muddy Run in Southampton Township, Franklin County.
• A $5,088,332 contract to rehabilitate four U.S. 222 mainline bridges and five overhead bridges. Bridge work in 2019 included painting the East Mohler Church Road bridge over U.S. 222 and then rehabilitating four mainline U.S. 222 southbound and northbound bridges over Pleasant Valley Road in West Earl Township and Glenwood Drive in Ephrata Township. U.S. 222 mainline bridge work includes concrete bridge deck and beam repairs, expansion joint replacement, and a latex-modified concrete overlay. Similar work was completed in 2018 on the East Mohler Church Road bridge over U.S. 222 as well as concrete bridge deck and beam repairs, and minor drainage work on the Miley Road, Pool Road, and Peach Road bridges over U.S. 222 in West Earl Township.
• A $3,399,586 contract to repair and resurface a 4-mile section of Route 272, Oregon Pike, from 600 feet north of the intersection with Landis Valley Road in Manheim Township to just north of the intersection with Zooks Mill Road in West Earl Township; and a 2.5-mile section of State Route 1029, locally known as Hunsecker Road, from Route 23, New Holland Pike, in Upper Leacock Township to Butter Road in Manheim Township, and continuing on Butter Road to Oregon Pike. Work is expected to be completed by the end of September 2020.
• A $10.9 million contract to construct a new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at the Route 322/Route 222 Interchange in Ephrata and West Earl townships in Lancaster County. The project includes pavement resurfacing, reconstruction and widening, ramp reconfiguration, new traffic signals, drainage, signs, sidewalks, storm water management, highway lighting, and other miscellaneous construction between Pleasant Valley Road and Hahnstown Road in Ephrata and West Earl townships, Lancaster County. Work is expected to be completed by May 2022.
• A $18,467,109 contract to widen and reconstruct Route 722 (State Road) through the Route 283 interchange, replace the Route 722 bridge over Route 283 and the bridge that carries the municipally-owned section of State Road over the Amtrak railroad tracks and reconstruct the four interchange ramps in East Hempfield Township. Work is expected to be completed in 2021.
• A $2,741,604 contract to repair and resurface a 3.49-mile section of Route 72 from the bridge over Chiques Creek at the Manheim Borough-Penn Township Line through the borough to the intersection with Elizabethtown Road in Rapho Township, and coordinated utility work, curb cut work required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and resurfacing a one-mile section of Route 772, West High Street in Manheim Borough.
• A $3 million emergency contract to repair a sinkhole on a section of Route 422 near Palmyra Borough in North Londonderry Township. The road initially was closed in May when a sinkhole developed following heavy rains in the area near the Sinkhole Saloon and Palmyra Bowling Center. The road was repaired and reopened, but soon after that another depression developed that eventually required the long-term closure and detour. Analysis revealed unstable soils above the bedrock at depths of anywhere from 18 to 180 feet deep below the road. This required an innovative solution that called for the contractor to install 84 concrete and steel micropiles, which were imbedded in the bedrock to support a concrete slab. The project was completed in November, about two weeks ahead of schedule.
• A $2,393,907 contract to repair and resurface a 4.37-mile section of Route 897 from the intersection of East Main Street and Market Street in the Village of Schaefferstown through Heidelberg Township and the Village of Kleinfeltersville to the Lebanon-Lancaster County Line. Work is expected to be completed by mid-June 2020.
• A $3,630,868 contract to repair and resurface a 3.54-mile section of U.S. 11/15 from the intersection with Ridgeview Road in Marysville Borough through the Village of Perdix to the intersection with Schoolhouse Road in Penn Township; and a 1.21-mile section of Route 850, Valley Road, from the intersection with Heisley Lane to the Rye Township-Marysville Borough Line. Work was completed in August 2019.
• A contract to conduct a safety improvement project along a 1,000-foot portion of westbound U.S. 22/322 one mile west of the exit for Route 34 and Newport. The work involved removing loose rock from the cliff face. Due to additional rock fall activity at this location, concrete barrier has been installed and the road is in a long-term single lane condition. PennDOT and the contractor are coordinating the placement of a temporary rock fencing in anticipation of a future remediation project.
• A $1,917,217 contract to remove three bridges and replace them with precast concrete box culverts. The structures include the bridge that carries the Route 1015 (Juniata Parkway) over a tributary to the Juniata River between Red Hill Road and Shortcut Road in Howe Township, the single-span concrete slab structure that carries Route 17 over a tributary to Panther Creek just northeast of the Village of Ickesburg in Saville Township, and the single-span concrete encased I-beam bridge that carries Route 2003 (Mountain View Road) over Fishing Run in Carroll Township. Work on the first two bridges was performed in 2019. The third bridge will be completed in 2020.
• A $58.3 million contract to reconstruct and widen 1.3 miles of I-83 and rebuild the Exit 18 interchange at Route 124 (Mount Rose Avenue) in Springettsbury Township. The reconfigured ramps will include two new loop ramps on the south side of the interchange which will eliminate the existing left turns from Route 124 East to I-83 North and from I-83 South to Route 124 East. The contractor has stated an expected 2020 completion.
• The $29,867,900 Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) construction contract to replace the northbound and southbound bridges that carry I-83 over Route 851 with two-span structures allowing enough clearance for Route 851 to be widened to four lanes and realigned into the DDI configuration. Work is expected to be completed in June 2021.
• A $10,740,501 bridge and pavement preservation project on a 7.33-mile section of Interstate 83 in southern York County from the bridge over Mt. Airy Road in Hopewell Township through Shrewsbury Township to the bridge over Route 214, Dunkard Valley Road in Springfield Township. Work was completed in April 2019.
• A $13,617,662 bridge and pavement preservation project on a 6-mile section of Interstate 83 in York and Springfield townships. Work is expected to be completed in spring 2020.
• A $3,125,548 contract to widen and resurface a section of North Hills Road in Springettsbury Township to accommodate an additional northbound lane between Industrial Highway and U.S. 30 and to reconfigure North Hills Road to include two right-turn lanes onto U.S. 30 East. This is an early action project prior to the North York Widening Project. Work is expected to be completed by November 2020.
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