Central region

An overview of the 2021 construction season in the Center-East region

More than 30 projects were highlighted as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced work to take place in the six-county area of ​​District 5 during the 2021 construction season.

“The importance of good roads and good bridges cannot be overstated,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “This work will ensure the continued delivery of goods and services to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and keep the region’s economy thriving.”

General 2021 construction season highlights for District 5 (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties) include:

  • approximately 120 miles of paving;
  • approximately 24 bridges repaired or replaced; and
  • approximately 285 miles of paved road joint.

“Our highway and bridge improvement program is designed to provide safe and convenient travel throughout the region,” said Chris Kufro, Acting District 5 Director. “Improved travel is critical to the quality of lives of area residents and efficient movement of goods, and this year we will see more than $ 130 million invested in new road and bridge construction projects, as well as over $ 400 million invested in ongoing projects such as our improvements to Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. “

Notable projects that have started or will continue this year include:

  • Reconstruction of Interstate 78 between Exit 35 (PA 143 / Lenhartsville) and the Lehigh County line in Greenwich Township, Berks County, $ 168.3 million;
  • Reconstruction and Widening of Interstate 78 in the Township of Tilden and the Borough of Hamburg, County of Berks, $ 125.6 million;
  • US 222 intersection improvements in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, $ 26.7 million;
  • Resurfacing of Highway 12 in the Town of Reading and Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, $ 13.2 million;
  • Replacement of the State Street Bridge on an unnamed tributary of the Schuylkill River in the Borough of Hamburg, Berks County, $ 2.4 million;
  • Reconstruction and Widening of Route 443 in Lehighton Borough and Mahoning Township, Carbon County, $ 21.2 million;
  • Rehabilitation of Highway 248 in East Penn Township, Franklin Township, Lower Towamensing Township, Bowmanstown Borough, Palmerton Borough and Parryville Borough, Carbon County, 14.2 millions of dollars ;
  • Rehabilitation of the Tilghman Street Bridge over the Lehigh River, Norfolk Southern Railway and local streets in the Town of Allentown, County Lehigh ($ 21.9 million);
  • Reconstruction of Route 100 between Industrial Boulevard and Tilghman Street in Upper Macungie Township, County Lehigh, $ 19.4 million;
  • Repair and resurfacing of US 22 in South Whitehall Township and Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, $ 17.3 million;
  • Installation of a roundabout at the intersection of US 222, Route 863 and Route Schantz in Upper Macungie Township, County Lehigh, $ 14.2 million;
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad Highway 29 Bridge Replacement in Upper Milford Township, County Lehigh, $ 8.6 million;
  • Pavement improvements to include additional southerly lane and intersection improvements on Route 987 / Airport Road between City Line Road and US 22 in Allen and Hanover Townships, County Lehigh, $ 5.8 million;
  • Replacement of the Ridgeway Street Bridge on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railway in the Borough of East Stroudsburg, County of Monroe, $ 5.3 million;
  • Replacement of Mill Pond Road Bridge over Pohopoco Creek in Polk Township, Monroe County, $ 1.4 million;
  • Milling and paving of US 22 (including ramps at the interchange with Route 33) in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, $ 6.4 million;
  • Milling and paving of Interstate 81 in Delano Township, East Union Township, Kline Township, Mahanoy Township and Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, $ 15.5 million;
  • Milling and paving of Highway 61 in the Township of North Manheim, Township of West Brunswick, and the Borough of Orwigsburg, County of Schuylkill, $ 6.2 million;
  • Milling and paving, traffic light upgrades and drainage repairs on Route 924 in Mahanoy Township, West Mahanoy Township, Frackville Borough, Gilberton Borough and Shenandoah Borough, Schuylkill County, $ 5.8 million ; and.
  • Highway 61 Traffic Light Improvements in the Town of Pottsville, Borough of Palo Alto and Township of North Manheim, Schuylkill County, $ 2 million.

Notable projects slated to start this year include:

  • I-78 improvement project, including patchwork, milling, paving and bridge preservation in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties, $ 23.3 million;
  • Milling and paving of Hampden Boulevard in the town of Reading, Berks County, between $ 2.8 million and $ 3 million (estimate);
  • Milling and paving of old Highway 22 in Greenwich Township, Berks County, $ 2.8 million to $ 3 million (estimate);
  • Milling and paving of Highway 145 in Whitehall Township and North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, $ 4-5 million (estimate);
  • Milling and paving of US 22 in Whitehall Township, County Lehigh, $ 3.8 million;
  • Milling and paving of old Highway 22 in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, $ 2-2.1 million (estimate);
  • Milling and paving of Interstate 80 in Jackson Township and Pocono Township, Monroe County, $ 21 million;
  • Milling and Paving of US 209 in Hamilton Township and Stroud Township, Monroe County, $ 3.5-4 million (estimate);
  • Replacement of the Highway 447 bridge over Goose Pond Run in Barrett Township, Monroe County, $ 1.2 million;
  • Milling and Paving of US 22 in Bethlehem Township, Palmer Township and Borough of Wilson and Route 33 in Bethlehem Township and Palmer Township in Northampton County, 13.6 millions of dollars ;
  • Milling and paving of Highway 248 in the Township of Lower Nazareth, Township of Upper Nazareth, Borough of Bath and Borough of Nazareth, County of Northampton, between $ 3.5 million and $ 4 million (estimate);
  • Milling and paving of Route 512 in Bangor Borough, Northampton County, $ 2.9 million; and
  • Traffic light improvements on Route 512 in the Borough of Bath, Northampton County, $ 1.2 million; and
  • Milling and paving on Route 309 in the Borough of Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, $ 650,000 – $ 700,000 (estimate).

As construction projects are underway in the area, the traveling public can expect to see many construction areas and are urged to keep their safety and that of road workers in mind. When encountering a work area, please obey the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers, and avoid all distractions. In high traffic areas, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of traffic up to the junction point and must take turns blending into the open lane.

For more information on the projects underway or being the subject of calls for tenders this year, those made possible or accelerated by the State’s transport financing plan (Law 89), or those of the four-year plans and twelfths of the department, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roads 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 over 1,000 speed cameras.

The 511PA is also available through a smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.