Wolf Administration Announces Project to Improve 11 Miles of Interstate 90, Replace a Bridge over the Highway in Erie County
The Wolf Administration today announced a two-year project that will give motorists a smoother ride on Interstate 90 in western Erie County by reconstructing and preserving more than 11 miles of the highway.
The $37.6 million project will also include the replacement of the Huntley Road (Route 3012) Bridge in Springfield Township, Erie County.
“Interstates play a key role in the economic vitality of our cities – large and small,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We are proud to make this investment in the northwest region and continue to keep commerce moving through the Erie County corridor.”
The project will include the reconstruction 3.5 miles of I-90 – extending from the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line to just east of the Route 6N exits in Springfield Township, Erie County. Preservation work will be done from mile marker 10 to mile marker 18 in Girard and Fairview townships.
The project will also include the installation of a new right-of-way fence and cable median barrier, brush removal, updated guiderail and signs, as well as the design and construction of new sign foundations.
Work is expected to begin the week of May 2, 2019, and to be completed by mid-November 2020.
“Interstate 90 serves as a gateway into Pennsylvania for many tourists,” said PennDOT District 1 Executive Jim Foringer, P.E. “We are pleased to see this project move forward into the construction phase as part of an ongoing effort to provide a safe and efficient transportation system for residents and visitors.”
The project will start this week with the removal and replacement of the Huntley Road Bridge, which is classified as functionally obsolete. The current steel I-beam structure carries Huntley Road over the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-90 near the intersection of Huntley Road and Route 20 in Springfield Township. It is used by approximately 150 vehicles daily, on average.
Construction of the new concrete bridge that will offer a higher clearance height for interstate traffic is expected to be complete by November 2019.
During the bridge replacement project, a detour for Huntley Road traffic will be posted using Route 20, Route 6N, and Underridge Road. Lane restrictions will be required for the portions of I-90 near the bridge.
Also slated for the 2019 construction season is the milling and paving of both the eastbound and westbound lanes from mile marker 10 to mile marker 18, which will require lane restrictions.
Construction of the high-speed crossovers needed for the second year of the project will also be complete in 2019.
In 2020, work will include reconstruction work on the eastbound and westbound lanes from mile marker 0 to mile marker 3.5.
The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA. The contract cost is $37,586,690, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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