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PennDOT Secretary Provides Mid-Year Update on PA Road, Bridge Construction Progress

July 24, 2023 10:00 AM
By: Elizabeth Foose

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In just six months, 74 bridge projects have been completed – including the quick repair to I-95 in Philadelphia – and 1,200 miles of roadway were improved. These were just a few of the mid-2023 results PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll promoted during a recent visit to Pittsburgh.

At the July 20 event at the Route 3027 Smithfield Street bridge preservation project, Secretary Carroll stressed the importance of transportation investments, which enhance the Commonwealth's vitality and economic competitiveness.

"Under the direction of Governor Shapiro, PennDOT is doing tremendous work across Pennsylvania to make travel safer and smoother," Carroll said.

The Route 3027 Smithfield Street bridge project is funded through nearly $9.5 million in state investments. It is one of more than 1,500 projects worth over $9 billion currently or expected to be underway on state-maintained roads this year.

On July 20, PennDOT shared more construction progress results between January and June 2023, including: 

  • 126 construction contracts for highway, bridge, and other improvement projects were completed statewide (in addition to work by department maintenance crew) 
  • 403 bridges were put out for bid to be repaired, replaced, or preserved
  • 74 state and local bridges were completed 
  • Nearly 1,200 roadway miles were improved 
  • 352 miles of road were paved 

403 bridges out to bid for repair from January to June 2023

As construction projects continue, the traveling public should 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.  

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 1,000 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

Information about state infrastructure in Pennsylvania, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.

1200 roadway miles improved from January to July 10 2023