Wolf administration announces end of 2021 Southwest region construction season

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Uniontown, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 12 which serves Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties has opened bids for 32 projects in 2021 for $ 122 million.

In addition to these projects, construction was underway for multi-year projects that had been launched in previous years. These projects include: Highway 18 located in the city of Washington, Washington County, including roadway improvements and upgrades to signals and intersections valued at $ 10.27 million; Highway 356 Safety Improvements located in Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, valued at $ 15.9 million; Reconstruction of Highway 119 located in Youngwood, Westmoreland County, valued at $ 24.2 million.

“I am pleased to highlight the continued progress made in our transportation system in the southwest region of the state. The improvements represent the response to the needs of interstate, national, secondary and local road networks within our vital transportation system, ”Governor Tom Wolf said. “Providing the necessary funding is essential to continue improving and maintaining bridges and roads in Pennsylvania. “

District 12 continues to modernize and improve the interstate highways that move traffic to the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. Interstate 70 has undergone large-scale improvements in recent years in Washington and Westmoreland counties. Completed this year was I-70 to the Route 31 interchange (exits 51A / 51B). This $ 67.4 million project started in 2017 and ended in 2021. This project included the complete reconstruction of the roadway and interchange, including the upgrade of the acceleration and deceleration ramps , the intersection with Route 31 and the replacement of the bridge that carries I70 on Route 31.

The I-79 also saw improvements in 2021, including the rehabilitation of a section of the highway between mile markers 23 and 30 in the townships of Amwell and South Strabane, Washington County. This project included concrete patching, milling, bituminous resurfacing, bridge preservation work, entrance replacement, signage and delineation on this 4-lane limited-access road. The project also upgraded 46,339 linear feet of existing guide rail.

Construction continues on I-70 at the Yukon and Madison interchanges. This $ 93.1 million project began in 2020 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022. This project includes the reconstruction and widening of I-70, the complete reconstruction of the Yukon interchanges (exit 53) and Madison (Exit 54), the replacement of four main lines I-70 bridges, a mainline culvert, a culvert on the access and exit ramps to the eastbound of the Yukon and maintenance work on a structure on the route 3010.

A project on Highway 519 in Washington County was completed this year. This $ 26.8 million project, which began in 2019, involved safety improvements at the intersections of Route 519 between I-79 and Route 19 as well as the ramps from I-79 to Route 519. The project added a turn lane on Route 519 from Route 980 to Interstate 79, two sets of signals on Route 519 / Interstate 79 to control traffic on the on and off ramps, and Route 519 was realigned and moved 150 feet east to eliminate a 4-lane stop condition and replace with a new signal at the intersection of southbound SR 980 and SR 19 ramps.

Slip damage to pavement continues to be a challenge in southwestern Pennsylvania, with more than 212 slips currently monitored in District 12. Slip repairs have been completed at 11 locations throughout the district, such as the emergency closure of US 40 in Wharton Township, Fayette County. The shutdown took place on the evening of June 24 requiring a detour from Fayette County to Somerset County via Confluence. The toboggan was approximately 300 feet in width and 160 feet in elevation. Up to four pieces of equipment operated on the hillside as a convoy of 10 to 12 trucks was loaded with equipment and transported to a local site. During the process, 5,330 truck loads were transported to the landfill site, representing 58,630 cubic meters of material. The cost of repairs was approximately $ 2 million. The causeway was opened on Friday August 13th.

Special attention was also paid to bridges in 2021. Work on the Departmental Force bridges is carried out by our maintenance staff located in each county. PennDOT crews replaced three bridges in each county and performed high priority maintenance repairs on many more. The department-force bridge team also completed three factory-built culverts in Fayette County, three factory-built culverts in Greene County, three factory-built culverts in Washington County, and one factory-built culvert in Westmoreland County. Several bridge preservation projects were also completed in 2021. A $ 2.27 million preservation project was completed, involving district-wide structures. In Westmoreland County, $ 3.1 million project involved bridge preservation activities, 3/8 “thick epoxy surface treatment for bridge decks, deck repairs , replacing neoprene compression and band seals, on 18 bridge structures across the county.

In addition, these projects were completed in 2021:

Fayette County: • Replacement / rehabilitation of two bridges carrying traffic on Highway 1051 (Breakneck Road) over Butler Run and Spruce Run, $ 400,000.

Greene County: • Improvements to the bridge carrying Highway 3016 (McCracken Road) over Mudlick Fork in Allepo Township, $ 1.7 million; • Replacement / rehabilitation of the structural bridge carrying Highway 4006 (Maranda Run Road) over a branch of Maranda Run in Central Township, approximately $ 400,000; and • Replacement of the structure carrying Highway 4005 (Poland Run Road) above Polen Run in Richhill Township, approximately $ 400,000.

Washington County: • Restoration of Route 1009 (Pike Street) on Chartiers Creek in the Borough of Houston, completed in September 2021 for $ 2.5 million. This bridge used the accelerated bridge construction techniques to significantly reduce the length of the road closure.

Westmoreland County: • Replaced nine existing traffic lights and improved one additional traffic light at nine intersections along Route 981 and Ligonier Streets in the Town of Latrobe. Completed in August 2021 for $ 3.4 million; and • Reconstruction Project of Route 906 in the Town of Monessen and Township of Rostraver, consisting of reconstructing the existing four-lane concrete section with full-depth asphalt and milling and resurfacing of the section of road. existing two-lane asphalt. The project also included guide rail upgrades, signage and pavement markings upgrades, drainage upgrades, washout repairs, gutter, mountable edging replacement, the installation of shoulders to replace existing sidewalks. The traffic light at the Charleroi / Monessen Bridge has been removed and a new flashing intersection beacon has been installed at the intersection of Route 906 / Riverview Drive. $ 9.2 million.

Work expected to start or be submitted for next year includes:

• Route 51 interchange located in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County. The project includes the widening and reconstruction of Interstate 70 as well as the reconstruction of the Route 51 interchange (Exit 46) to eliminate the inferior cloverleaf interchange and replace it with a diverging diamond interchange; • Route 711 Crawford Avenue Bridge located in the town of Connellsville, Fayette County. This project will replace the existing six-span steel superstructure with a new, larger superstructure made up of continuous composite steel plate girders; • Intersection of 1010 Valley Brook / Bebout Road located in Peters Township, Washington County. The project involves the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Valley Brook Road (SR 1010) and Bebout Road (SR 1019) in Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. The existing three-lane stop-control intersection will be replaced with a single-lane roundabout; and • Highway 19 and Highway 188 surface improvement project located in Greene County. This project will include milling, superpave asphalt layers, base repair, pavement marking, drainage and other miscellaneous construction. • The Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project will upgrade the Highway 981 corridor from the intersection with Highway 819 in Mount Pleasant Township to the intersection with US 30 in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. The first project extends from Highway 819 to Norvelt, was tendered in July 2021 and the contractor received notice to proceed in September. This section mainly follows Route 981 with some offline travel to improve the roadway. Traffic and safety data played an important role in determining the preferred intersection treatments, which will include three roundabouts.

In addition to the many construction projects in District 12, our county maintenance teams working on 30 stocks located in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties performed various maintenance activities. These activities included sealing 433 miles of pavement, paving 113 miles of pavement, cutting of shoulders of 1,362 miles of pavement, painting lines of 7,015 miles of pavement and over 19,463 hours of pick-up. waste. In addition, crews replaced and updated panels, performed mowing operations, slide repairs and hose replacements.

Motorists can check conditions on major roads 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 over 1,000 speed cameras.

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