Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Monday to highlight projects that will be part of the infrastructure investment the state will make in his east-central region of Pennsylvania. six counties over the coming year.
Under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL), the state will offer more than $500 million for projects in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.
“Pennsylvania benefits greatly from the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act,” Wolf said. “We are fortunate to have this funding which is being used to meet additional infrastructure needs.”
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Acting Deputy Executive Secretary Melissa Batula said the state will invest in projects that will modernize the state’s infrastructure while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.
Among the projects to be funded in 2022 under the BIL are improvements to an intersection on US 222 in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, for $26.7 million; the reconstruction and widening of Route 443 in the Borough of Lehighton and Township of Mahoning, in Carbon County for $21.2 million; repairing and resurfacing US 22 in the townships of South Whitehall and Upper Macungie in Lehigh County for $17.3 million, and installing a roundabout at the intersection of US 222, Route 863 and Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township in Lehigh County for $14.2 million.
In total, the projects will repair or replace 31 bridges, seal 265 miles of roadway and pave 116 miles of road.
“Through the Infrastructure Act, we are beginning to rebuild our roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure across Pennsylvania, and reviving projects that have been put on hold. The Interstate 78 interchange project and others throughout Berks County and the region will make it easier and safer for Pennsylvanians to travel and get around. These construction projects will also create well-paying jobs,” Casey said.