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PennDOT/BPC to Prepare for I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges Construction – Spring 2024


Dunmore, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Bridging Pennsylvania Developers – I (BPD-I) are preparing for the launch of construction on the I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges project.

In August 2022, PennDOT chose to move the I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges project forward under the Major Bridge P3 (MBP3) program, without tolling. The I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges replacement project involves the replacement of two existing, deteriorating bridges that carry Interstate 80 eastbound and westbound over Nescopeck Creek in Black Creek Township, Luzerne County. The existing bridges contain two lanes each, with 4.33 feet inside shoulders and 4.33 feet outside shoulders. The proposed roadway will carry two 12-foot lanes of vehicular traffic in each direction and will include 8-foot inside shoulders with 12-foot paved outside shoulders. Pre-construction communications will begin in early Spring 2024, ahead of the estimated construction start. The I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges replacement project is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2027.

Phase 1 of the project includes reconstructing a portion of Route 3016 (Tank Road) and a portion of the existing retaining wall along Interstate 80 eastbound due to the widened Interstate 80 eastbound structure. Tank Road currently consists of one 10-foot lane of vehicular traffic in each direction, with 2-foot shoulders. Tank Road will maintain the existing lane and shoulder widths in the proposed final condition.

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In late Spring of 2024, the Phase 1 Tank Road detour (graphic) will be implemented for all through traffic to support the following:

  • Lowering the roadway profile of Tank Road to prepare for the installation of Phase 2 temporary traffic signal.
  • Construction of temporary construction access road connecting Route 80 eastbound with Tank Road for the purpose of ingress and egress of materials and equipment relating to bridge reconstruction.
  • Local traffic to residences and private properties along Tank Road will be maintained.
  • When Tank Road has reached its new profile, the detour will be lifted. Anticipated Fall 2024.

Once constructed, the temporary construction access road and temporary traffic signal on Tank Road will be utilized through construction.

This project is part of the ongoing PennDOT Major Bridges P3 Program. Bridging Pennsylvania Developers – I (BPD-I) led jointly by Shikun & Binui USA and Macquarie Capital as Lead Project Developers and Equity Members. The Bridging Pennsylvania Constructors (BPC) joint venture (JV) consortium includes the design and construction expertise of S&B USA Construction (Pittsburgh, PA) and FCC Construction. S&B USA Construction is the construction arm of Shikun & Binui Ltd. It is also the parent company of Fay, S&B USA Construction (Pittsburgh, PA), one of the four BPC Major Bridge subcontractors. Other Major Bridge subcontractors include the H&K Group (Skippack, PA), Kokosing Construction Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Wagman Heavy Civil (York, PA), and Lead Designer Michael Baker International (Pittsburgh, PA).

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