PennDOT Wraps Up ‘Aggressive’ Year of Road Repairs

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – With the completion of what they describe as an “aggressive” design and construction season, officials at the King of Prussia-based District 6 engineering office for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the agency’s employees and contractors are wrapping up 2021 with significant progress in repairing or improving state highways across five counties.

The office is responsible, in part, for state-owned road projects in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and Bucks counties. During the past 12 months, PennDOT reportedly launched 62 new contracts for work valued at more than $540 million, and is currently busy guiding nearly 200 projects worth more than $2.2 billion.

“We are pleased with the investments we were able to make into our roadways and bridges this year,” acting District 6 Executive Louis Belmonte said. “We had several high-profile improvement projects that were completed or began in 2021, all with the goal of providing safe and efficient transportation for all modes of travel across southeast Pennsylvania.”

Two Montgomery County projects made PennDOT’s Top Five list of most notable project completions during 2021:

  • Building new, wider bridges (at top) to improve travel and carry 422 drivers over the Schuylkill River, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Trooper Road and the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery County’s West Norriton, Upper Merion and Lower Providence townships, at a cost of $98.3 million;
  • Repairing the three-span bridge over Route 23 and several other interstate structures in Montgomery County, and rehabilitating and resurfacing the Interstate 76 viaduct in Center City Philadelphia, $47.1 million;
  • Enhancing traffic flow and surface street access to Interstate 95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange in Philadelphia, $80.9 million;
  • Replacing the bridge carrying Route 452 over Amtrak and SEPTA railroad tracks in Delaware County’s Marcus Hook Borough and Lower Chichester Township, $21.5 million; and
  • Repairing and improving the bridge that carries Grays Ferry Avenue over the Schuylkill River, and Amtrak, SEPTA and CSX railway tracks in Philadelphia, $15.3 million.

Two other MontCo projects, and one in Chester County, rank among PennDOT’s Top Five list of most notable project starts this year:

  • Improving, widening, and reconstructing 1.8 miles of U.S. Route 202 from Johnson Highway to Township Line Road in Norristown, and the Montgomery County’s East Norriton and Whitpain townships, $54.3 million;
  • Reconstructing and improving a 3-mile section of County Line Road in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, and Warrington Township, Bucks County, $11 million;
  • Repairing and resurfacing 6 miles of U.S. 1 in Chester County’s Pennsbury Township, and Delaware County’s Chadds Ford and Concord townships, $13.7 million;
  • Reconstructing sections of Delaware, Allegheny and Castor avenues in Philadelphia to improve traffic movement on surface streets at the Interstate 95 interchange for Allegheny and Castor avenues, $31.7 million; and
  • Widening and improving a 1.5-mile section of U.S. Route 1 in Bensalem and Middletown townships, Bucks County, $96.6 million.

“We pride ourselves on taking an aggressive approach with our construction program in an effort to move crucial projects forward,” District 6 Assistant Executive for Construction Harold Windisch said.

PennDOT owns and maintains more than 2,800 state bridges across the region, 345 of which are currently listed in poor condition. In 2021, officials said District 6 repaired or replaced 14 state bridges. Also across the district, more than 124 miles of state highway were resurfaced in 2021.

District 6 responded to more than 6,000 pothole inquiries through PennDOT’s Customer Care Center in 2021, a 120 percent increase from the previous year. It also continues to manage challenges from the flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida in early September. PennDOT staffers, it said, are working to make necessary repairs to safely reopen damaged bridges and highways to travelers.

Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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