(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) – On April 13, state lawmakers were touting several federal infrastructure bill-funded construction projects coming to the Northwest Commonwealth region.
“It will be a robust construction season in the northwest corner of the state, with more than $299 million in projects beginning or continuing this year,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Our PennDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) employees and contractors work hard to provide everyone with a safe transportation system, and we ask drivers to do their part by slowing down and staying alert when approaching or crossing any area. of work.”
Nearly 90 projects on 177 miles of roadway are funded this season. This includes 24 decks.
In a joint press release, state officials Bob Merski and Pat Harkins touted the opportunities the projects would bring to workers in the area.
“Beyond building new roads and stronger bridges to connect our region, these projects will be bridges to greater economic opportunities for residents who do not have college or specialized training credentials.” , Merski said. “This is an opportunity to help individual families rebuild their own financial independence as we strengthen the regional economy.
Harkins emphasized the increased safety the projects will bring to regional roads.
“The recent Pittsburgh Bridge collapse reminded everyone how vital these infrastructure projects will be — not just as a boost to our regional economy, but from a public safety perspective,” Harkins said. “It was a miracle no one was killed in this collapse, but we might not be so lucky next time around. As far as I’m concerned, we can’t start this job soon enough.
PennDOT District 1 includes Erie, Crawford, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties. A complete list of District 1’s 2022 projects is available online.
Some projects receiving federal funds are already underway and others are new.
A press release from the governor’s office listed notable projects receiving funding:
I-90 will see reconstruction along miles 3.5 to 10.5, including the Route 18 interchange and the replacement of three bridges, a $66.1 million project.
Additional repaving of I-90 from mile 35 to the New York State line will receive $15.4 million.
The Oliver Road Roundabout Project will receive $3.8 million.
A new bridge will be built behind the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ House in the city of Erie and will receive $2.7 million.
The 12th Street Corridor project to improve 22 intersections in the city of Erie will receive $8.8 million.
I-79 will see restoration of miles 154 through 165, and it will get two bridges in Crawford and Erie counties, all for $15.7 million.
The Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail Extension and Bridge Repurposing (a project with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) will receive $2.3 million.
Route 18 will resurface in the borough of Conneautville. The project will receive $1.4 million.
I-80 will see fixes and repairs from the Ohio state line to mile 15 in Mercer County.
Highway 19 in Mercer County will see a $3.3 million resurfacing, safety improvement and culvert replacement project.
Route 208 in Venango County will resurface 13.25 miles and is expected to receive $4.4 million.
Route 62 will see a bridge replacement project in the Borough of Polk in Venango County and will receive $1.9 million.
Route 66 will see resurfacing in Jenks Township of Forest County, and this project will receive $1.2 million.
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Some projects noted in the Governor’s press release were pending projects that have not yet seen a contract awarded:
I-90 resurfacing 18-23 miles in Erie County is included in the list.
The Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor Improvement Project which includes pedestrian improvements, a bridge, two roundabouts and a grade-separated intersection in the City of Erie is included in the list.
Market Street in the town of Warren is to receive a single lane roundabout.
Route 27 will see the paving and replacement of the bridge in Warren County.