Central region

Wolf administration showcases benefits of bipartisan infrastructure law in North Central Region’s 2022 construction season and celebrates start of local improvement project

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Wolf Administration officials highlighted the 98 projects slated to start or continue this year in the nine-county area and discussed benefits to regional roads and bridges due to the Federal Bipartite Infrastructure Act (BIL). The state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has joined in celebrating the upcoming launch of the Winslow Hill Road Elk Viewing and Safety Enhancement Project.

“The beauty and charm of Pennsylvania cannot be overstated. Helping visitors travel safely to these areas means investing money in maintaining, repairing and replacing roads and bridges,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “It is exciting to see the impact these projects will have as they help communities in the North Central region continue to thrive.

While discussing work that is continuing or beginning this year, officials highlighted the importance of a 5.6-mile paving project that will begin this spring on Winslow Hill Road (T-520) in Benezette. The project will include carriageway widening/reconstruction, carriageway shoulder improvements to improve pedestrian movement, emergency vehicle accommodation, drainage and guide rail. The $2.8 million project is funded by the state fund for multimodal transportation.

“This project on Winslow Hill will improve safety for local residents as well as visitors,” said Jennie Louwerse, PennDOT Assistant Secretary for Multimodal Transportation. “Overall, work on roads and bridges across the nine counties in District 2 will make everyday travel safer and more convenient and allow goods and services to flow in and out of the area. We are happy to celebrate this progress today.

Highlights of PennDOT Engineering District 2 – which includes Cameron, Central, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties – include more than 210 miles of paving and the repair or replacement of 53 bridges .

These improvements include projects supported and accelerated by BIL. In 2022 alone, BIL is providing at least $22 million in additional financing to be allocated by the department and its local authorities Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization (DFO/RPO) partners:

  • Center County DFO will receive at least $3 million more;
  • The North Central Palestinian Authority Regional Planning and Development Commission will receive at least an additional $8 million; and
  • The SEDA Council of Governments will receive at least an additional $11 million;

“We cover a large, mostly rural area, and the increased funding from BIL provides much-needed help as we continue to improve our roads and bridges,” said District 2 Manager Tom Zurat. “BIL funding will help us positively impact more communities as we address infrastructure needs.”

Notable projects that will continue this year include:

· Interstate 80/A18; Local interchange for Route 26/I-80 in Marion Township, Center County; east of I-80 exit 161; $52 million;

I-80/B41; reconstruction of the interchange on I-80 on Route 970 in Bradford Township, Clearfield County at exit 123, $18 million;

· Route 64/N38; safety project to realign the intersection of Route 64/550 (Nittany Valley Drive/Zion Road) in Walker Township, Center County, $3.7 million;

I-80/B41; reconstruction of the interchange on I-80 on Route 970 in Bradford Township at exit 123, $18 million;

· Route 150/GIS; City of Lock Haven signals at 10 signalized intersection locations and one unsignalized intersection at Main Street and Mill Street for pedestrian improvements, $2.8 million;

· Road 333/A08; Juniata River Tributary Bridge Improvements in the Borough of Mifflin, Juniata County, $2 million;

· Highway 4013/A03; Allegheny River Bridge Replacement in Allegany Township, Potter County; $928,000; and

· Highway 144/A03; Replacement of bridge over Ives Run in Abbott Township, Potter County, $998,000.

Notable projects that have started or are beginning this year include:

  • Road 4004/A03; replacement of bridge over Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek in Shippen Township, Cameron County, $1.6 million, including $1.4 from BIL;
  • Safety improvements at Route 26/Route 45 intersections in Ferguson Township, Center County, $5 million;
  • Road 3014/153; road restoration and drainage of Atherton Street; from Park Avenue to Westerly Parkway; $19 million, including $1 million from BIL;
  • Road 255/N47; improved safety in the Town of DuBois and the Township of Sandy; 11 signage locations; $1.2 million;
  • Highway 64/A03; replacement of a bridge over Big Fishing Creek in Porter Township, Clinton County, $1.8 million;
  • Road 2023/A02; bridge repair on the Eastern Covered Bridge over Mahantango Creek in Susquehanna Township, Juniata County, $359,000;
  • Elm Street Bridge; local bridge replacement project over the East Branch of Tunungwant Creek in the Town of Bradford, McKean County, $1.7 million;
  • Highway 219/537; road restoration in the City of Bradford, Bradford Township and Foster Township, McKean County; $6.5 million, including $1.3 million from BIL;
  • Line 22/721; highway resurfacing in Oliver Township, Granville Township and the Borough of McVeytown in Mifflin County, $2.8 million, including $1 million from BIL;
  • Route 1005/720, Valley Street; Electric Avenue; Freeway Resurfacing/Improvement Project from Electric Avenue to Market Street in the Borough of Lewistown, Mifflin County, $3.7 million; and

Circuit 6/626; resurfacing project in Roulette Township, Potter County, from the McKean County line to Fishing Creek, $5.4 million.

As construction projects are underway in the area, the traveling public can expect to see many work areas and are urged to keep their safety and that of road workers in mind. When you encounter a work zone, please obey the posted speed limit, use your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers, and avoid distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of traffic to the point of merge and should take turns merging into the open lane.

Motorists can check conditions on major roads by visiting www.511PA.com. The 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 traffic cameras.

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

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Cameron, Central, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District2

District 2 infrastructure information, including completed works and major projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D2Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.