Dunmore, Pennsylvania – The Wolf administration today joined Sen. Bob Casey and local officials to highlight the 32 projects that will be tendered in 2022 in the six-county area and discussed the benefits for regional roads and bridges due to the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL).
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Act brings benefits to every corner of Pennsylvania, and we are quickly delivering on its promises,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “While these improvements are happening, I urge the public to drive safely through work areas so you and road workers can get home every day.”
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Acting Assistant Secretary for the Highway Administration, Mike Keizer, said, “We have plenty of needs and we have many meaningful projects that will modernize our infrastructure while creating jobs. sustainable and well-paying businesses that will transform our transportation system and our local economies.
The event was held near Route 6 (Robert P. Casey Highway) which will see a 15-mile, $30 million concrete pavement and bridge preservation project in Lackawanna County beginning this year.
“Through the Infrastructure Act, we are beginning to rebuild our roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure here in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Senator Casey said. “The Casey Highway project and others in our area will create well-paying jobs, make travel safer and easier for people, and launch the most significant improvements to our infrastructure in a generation.”
Highlights of PennDOT Engineering District 4 – which includes Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties – include nearly 245 miles of paving and the repair or replacement of 88 bridges.
These improvements include projects supported and accelerated by BIL. In 2022 alone, BIL is providing at least $49.6 million in additional financing to be allocated by the department and its local authorities Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization partners (DFO/RPO). For 2022:
- Lackawanna Alfalfa Transportation Study (LLTS) MPO will receive at least an additional $21.8 million;
- Northeast Pennsylvania DFO (NEPA) will receive at least an additional $12.1 million;
- Northern Tier RPO will receive at least $13.9 million more; and
- Wayne County will receive at least $1.8 million more.
“We look forward to beginning projects that would not have been possible this year without the additional funding. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act will be integral to delivering much-needed projects over the next five years,” said the director of the PennDOT District 4, Richard Roman, PE.
Notable projects that will continue this year include:
- Extension of Route 424 Hazleton Beltway from Interstate 81 Exit 141 Interchange to Humbolt Industrial Park, Luzerne County, $16.9 million;
- I-84 on Lackawanna Railroad, Roaring Brook and Highway 435 Bridge Replacement, Roaring Brook, Lackawanna County, $113.2 million;
- Eastbound and westbound I-84 resurfacing and 32-mile bridge preservation in Lackawanna and Wayne counties, $36.5 million;
- Preventative maintenance of eight bridges carrying I-81 near Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, $7.8 million;
- Pavement reconstruction and bridge replacement on I-84 (Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway) from Route 3005 to Exit 26 in Greene, Palmyra, and Sterling Townships in Pike and Wayne Counties, $104 million;
- Replacement of three structures on Route 706, removal of one structure on Route 3037 and improvement of the intersection on Routes 706 and 267, Susquehanna County, $4.3 million; and
- Rehabilitation of a bridge on Route 92 over a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Falls Township, Wyoming County, $1.6 million.
Notable projects that have started or will start this year include:
- Preventative maintenance on Route 309 (North Cross Valley) at Route 2022 (Main Street), Mill Creek and Norfolk Southern Railway, and Route 309 (North Cross Valley) at Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in the town of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, $8.6 million;
- 21.7 mile group surface improvement in various state roads and municipalities in Luzerne County.
- repairs to concrete pavement I-80 and I-81 in Luzerne County;
- Bridge replacement on Route 3014 (Dump Hill Road) over Nescopeck Creek in Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County;
- Preventative maintenance of three structures carrying I-81 in Rice Township, Luzerne County; a structure carrying I-81 in South Abington; and a structure carrying Route 1016 in Blakely and Jessup Borough in Lackawanna County;
- Resurfacing Project Group totaling 10 miles on Highway 93 (Broad Street) in the Borough of West Hazleton, and Highway 93 (Berwick-Hazleton Highway) in Sugarloaf Township, as well as Highway 309 (Church Street and Blvd. Mountain) in the Town of Hazleton in Butler Township in the County of Luzerne;
- Preservation of Highway 29 (South Cross Valley Highway) Bridges over the Susquehanna River and Railroad and Highway 29 (South Cross Valley Highway) over Highway 11 and Ramp 8027 in Hanover and Plymouth Townships, County of Alfalfa;
- Interstate Causeway Reconstruction on I-84 (Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway) from Mile Post 40 to Exit 46 in Pike County, $86.3 million;
- Slope repair on Highway 2002 (Wilson Hill Road) in Delaware Township, Pike County, $547,000;
- Replacement of the bridge on Route 390 (promised land road) over Bridge Creek in Greene Township, Pike County, $2 million;
- Rehabilitation of the bridge on Route 390 (promised land road) over Outlet Fairview Lake in Palmyra Township, Pike County, $862,000;
- Interstate Causeway Reconstruction and Bridge Replacement on I-84 (Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway) from Palmyra Rest Area to Exit 34 in Palmyra and Blooming Grove Townships, Pike County;
- Slope repair on Route 171 (State Street) between Main Street and Chestnut Street in the Borough of Oakland, Susquehanna County, $2.1 million;
- Slope repair on Route 87 between the Sullivan/Wyoming County line and Bucks Rub Lane in North Branch and Colley Townships, Wyoming County, $2.7 million;
- Replacement of bridges on Highway 3029 (Forest Lake Road) over East Branch Wyalusing Creek and Forest Lake Creek Tributary, Jessup Township, Susquehanna County, $2.2 million;
- Safety improvements on Highway 11 (Lackawanna Trail) from the Susquehanna/Wyoming County line to Township Road 406 (Squier Cemetery Road) in Lathrop and Lenox Townships, Susquehanna County;
- Replacement of the bridge on Route 3034 (Mid Valley Road) over Middle Creek in Lake Township, Wayne County, $795,000;
- Resurfacing 8 miles of Route 6 (Church and Main Streets) from Park Street to Sunrise Avenue in the Borough of Honesdale and Route 1016 (Callicoon Road) from Route 191 (Hancock Highway) to Route 1020, Township of Damascus, Wayne County; and
- Preservation of the bridge on Highway 191 (Twin Rocks Road) over Butternut Creek in Sterling Township, Wayne County.
As construction projects are underway in the area, the traveling public can expect to see many work areas and are urged to keep their safety and that of road workers in mind. When you encounter a work zone, please obey the posted speed limit, use your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers, and avoid distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of traffic to the point of merge and should take turns merging into the open lane.
Motorists can check conditions on major roads by visiting www.511PA.com. The 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1 or by following regional Twitter alerts.
Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts for Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District4.
District 4 infrastructure information, including completed works and major projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D4Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at https://www.penndot.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Elisabeth Rementer, Governor’s Office, [email protected]717-783-1116
Jessica Ruddy, PennDOT, 570-963-4044 or [email protected]
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