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Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Transportation Plan Helps Clear Way for the Start of 174 Projects in North Central/South Central Region

New Transportation Plan Helps Clear Way for the Start of 174 Projects in North Central/South Central Region

State College – Pennsylvania’s transportation plan, Act 89, is helping clear the way for the start of 51 projects in PennDOT’s North Central and South Central regions, District Executives Kevin Kline and Thomas A. Prestash said today.

PennDOT Districts 2 and 9 hosted a briefing to outline details of regional projects made possible by Act 89, signed into law in November.

Governor Tom Corbett announced today 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. More than 250 of roughly 900 projects are beginning this year due to Act 89.

Kline noted that with Act 89, 51 additional projects will start this year across the 15 counties in Districts 2 and 9 and said “We can make significant progress on our regional bridge, highway and transit needs with these new resources. We are excited to move these projects forward in 2014.” Those projects include:

• Complete roadway resurfacing and bridge preservation on U.S. 220, the Lock Haven Bypass, in Clinton County for $17 million;

• Restoring and improving Route 872 highway in Cameron County from the village of Sinnemahoning, north to Grove Township for $7.5 million;

• Restoring two bridges and resurfacing roadway on U.S. 322, the Mount Nittany Expressway, for $5.6 million;

• Resurfacing of 10.6 miles of PA 160 from Baumgardner Road to Route 2011

(Gates Hill Road) for $2.5 million;

• Resurfacing 7.8 miles of PA 36 from the Bedford County line to PA 164/Business 220 in Taylor, Blair and Freedom Townships and Roaring Spring Borough, Blair County for $3.8 million;

• Resurfacing of 10.3 miles of PA 26 (Clear Ridge Road) from Piney Creek to Clearville in Mann, Southampton and Monroe Townships, Bedford County for $4.8 million;

Kline said that District 2 will also begin 54 other projects this year, while District 9 will begin 69 other jobs. Those projects include:

• Phase 2 of the Route 220/Auction Road interchange, including construction of the western side and new bridge near Lock Haven in Clinton County for $10.5 million;

• Roadway restoration and bridge work on Route 321 in Hamilton Township, McKean County for $1.7 million;

• Highway restoration and drainage improvements on Route 3014 (Atherton Street) from colonnade Drive to Aaron Drive in Ferguson and Patton Townships, Centre County for $3 million;

• Safety improvement project on 1.1 miles of Route 3007 (Goucher Street) in Westmont, Upper and Lower Yoder Township, Cambria County for $3.9 million;

• Roadway realignment of Route 4019 (Old 6th Ave Road) with bridge work in Antis Township, Blair County for $3.3 million;

• Roadway and intersection improvement on Route 475 (Waterfall Road) in Dublin and Taylor Townships, Fulton County for $3 million.

District 9 Executive Prestash said “These resources were made possible by the comprehensive plan that impacts all modes of transportation that will serve us well into the future. The outcome has put PennDOT in a good position to repair the damage caused by severe winter weather. It will also allow us to resurface many more roads in our region.”

By its fifth year, Act 89 will generate an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion a year in added statewide transportation investment across all modes.

Editor's note: Act 89 increases fees and taxes on Pennsylvania residents by $2.3 Billion by it's fifth year.

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