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Wolf Administration Reviews 2021 Construction Season for PennDOT’s East Central Region

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today highlighted major projects that took place during the 2021 construction season in District 5, which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties . “When PennDOT completes a project, whether large or small, it invests in communities across the state. Doing this at the highest level means balancing the needs of interstate, national, secondary and local road networks, ”Governor Tom Wolf said. “It also means adopting different strategies to preserve and improve over 140 miles of roads in Northwestern Pennsylvania this year.” In 2021, approximately $ 258 million in contracts were awarded for 47 projects in District 5, including 26 road projects and 9 bridge replacements or rehabilitations. Work has also been done on many projects that were launched or awarded ahead of the new year. “The 2021 construction season has been tough,” said Michael W. Rebert, PE, director of PennDOT District 5. “Our team of design, construction and maintenance employees have come together to work with partners to to solve problems and provide optimal service with limited funding. ” Some of the notable projects completed in 2021 include: • Highway 12 resurfacing 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; • Highway 29 bridge replacement on the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Upper Milford Township, County Lehigh, $ 8.6 million; • Replacement of the Ridgeway Street Bridge on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railway in the Borough of East Stroudsburg, County of Monroe, $ 5.3 million; • Milling and paving of US 22 in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, $ 6.4 million; • Replacement of the PA 924 bridge over the Mahanoy stream in the Gilberton borough, Schuylkill county, $ 11.8 million; and • Milling and paving on route 309 in the borough of Tamaqua, county of Schuylkill, $ 570,000. Notable projects that will continue next year include: • I-78 Improvement Project, including patching, milling, paving and bridge preservation in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties, $ 23.3 million; • 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, including rehabilitation of the bridge over the Schuylkill River and modernization of the PA 61 interchange, in the Township of Tilden and the Borough of Hamburg, County of Berks, 125.6 million of dollars ; • US 222 intersection improvements in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, $ 26.7 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 million; • Repair and resurfacing of US 22 in South Whitehall Township and Upper Macungie Township, County Lehigh, $ 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; • Milling and paving of Highway 248 in the Township of East Allen, Township of Lower Nazareth, Township of Upper Nazareth, Borough of Bath and Borough of Nazareth, County of Northampton, 3.4 million dollars; • Traffic light improvements on Route 512 in the Borough of Bath, Northampton County, $ 1.2 million; and • Milling and paving of US 22 in Bethlehem Township, Palmer Township and Wilson Borough and Route 33 in Bethlehem Township and Palmer Township in Northampton County, 13, $ 6 million. Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties at www.penndot.gov/District5.

Information on District 5 infrastructure, including completed works and major projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D5Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.

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