PennDOT will begin night work Sunday, Aug. 3, weather permitting, on a 3.6-mile section of northbound Interstate 83 in southern York County from the Pennsylvania State Line to Exit 4 thanks to the state’s new transportation plan.
The $6,172,483 pavement rehabilitation contract was awarded to Blooming Glen Contractors, Inc. of Blooming Glen, Bucks County, and includes roadway base repair, bridge deck and joint repairs, barrier work, Exit 4 ramp work, removal of four inches of asphalt, and four inches of bituminous resurfacing on northbound and southbound I-83 in Shrewsbury Township. The project is financed with 100 percent state funds from Pennsylvania’s new transportation plan, Act 89.
In April, Governor Tom Corbett announced that statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89.
Funding provided by Act 89 will make significant progress in addressing major roadway, bridge and transit needs across south central Pennsylvania. In the eight-county area, the new transportation plan will enable PennDOT to advance $60 million in additional work this year, including rehabilitating 17 deteriorated bridges and resurfacing 20 roadways including four interstates.
PennDOT advises motorists that starting Aug. 3 through the fall they will encounter short-term single-lane restrictions Sunday through Thursday on I-83 North between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. and at times on I-83 South between 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. as construction crews repair the northbound lanes of I-83 in preparation for contract paving. The contractor may choose to work Friday or Saturday nights if work is delayed by weather or other circumstances during the week.
As winter sets in, work will halt and the contractor will return in the spring to resume night work in the southbound lanes. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by July 2015.
An average of nearly 39,175 vehicles travel on some sections of I-83 every day. To avoid delays, motorists should allow for additional time in their travel plans or seek an alternate route.
Travelers are advised to be alert for this operation, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but also for the safety of the road crews.
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 700 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 accessible on the 511PA website.