PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — PennDOT is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into Southeastern Pennsylvania to fix roads and bridges.
Several projects are already underway, with even more coming down the pike in the near future.
“That includes resurfacing of over 270 miles of highway and fixing or replacing over 39 bridges,” said PennDOT’s Ken McClain.
McClain says work has begun on Route 1 in Bucks County and widening Route 202 in Montgomery County.
The goal is to improve safety and quality of life for millions of people.
Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards says Pennsylvania has one of the largest and oldest highway systems, and maintaining it is no easy task.
“It is larger than New York, New Jersey, and New England combined. There are a lot of miles to keep in a state of good repair,” Richards said.
Both Richards and McClain emphasize the importance of driving safely because every year, road crew members get hurt or killed.
“Always remember to obey work zone speed limits and never drive distracted, especially in work zones,” McClain.
The following are projects PennDOT has planned:
Currently under construction:
- US-1 corridor improvement in Bucks County ($97.3 million)
- US-30 Intelligent Transportation Systems in Chester County ($5.8 million)
- Route-252 bridge replacement over Springton Reservior in Delaware County ($12.8 million)
- US-202 widening and intersection improvements in Montgomery County ($55.5 million)
- US-1 Wayne Junction viaduct rehabilitation in Philadelphia ($88.4 million)
Future Projects expected to begin this year:
- Route-309 corridor improvements in Bucks County ($70 million)
- Humeville Ave over CSX tracks bridge replacement in Bucks County ($4.7 million)
- Lenape Road over Brandywine Creek bridge restoration in Chester County ($5 million)
- Bridge Street over Amtrak bridge replacement in Chester County ($6 million)
- Darby Paoli Road over Darby Creek bridge replacement in Delaware County ($3.8 million)
- McDade Boulevard intersection improvements in Delaware County ($6 million)
- Route-309 intersection improvements in Montgomery County ($7.5 million)
- US-202 widening and intersection improvements in Montgomery County ($61.5 million)
- I-76 viaducts rehabilitation in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties ($39.7 million)