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PennDOT announces midstate construction plans for next 10 years

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PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch and several state and local officials announced an Interstate 283 construction project today, among others planned to be completed over the next 10 years.

Weather permitting, a $5.6 million project to patch, concrete and pave I-283 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the I-83/Route 322 interchange will begin April 27.

The project is the first step in a long list of improvements to I-83 that were delayed for 10 years due to a lack of transportation funding, Schoch said in a news release.

"We've had plans to improve the I-83 corridor for a decade, but they were collecting dust because we simply could not pay for the work," he said. "With the transportation plan that Gov. (Tom) Corbett signed, we can not only meet our basic transportation needs, but we'll also finally make these projects a reality."

The transportation plan is bringing roughly $800 million worth of I-83 corridor projects over the next 10 years including:

• Widening and reconstructing of I-83 between Union Deposit Road and I-81;

• Redesigning and reconstructing of the Eisenhower Interchange; and

• Widening I-83 between the Eisenhower Interchange and the John Harris Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River.

The project was made possible by the state's comprehensive transportation plan, Act 89, which Corbett signed into law in November.

PennDOT will invest an additional $200 million in highway and bridge projects in the eight-county region of District 8 this year, the release said. This investment includes 48 projects worth $66 million moving forward because of Act 89.

Work on the I-283 paving project will occur from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and include periodic short-term lane closures, with ramp work also conducted at those times and using short-term detours. The project, awarded to Pennsy Supply of Annville, is estimated to be completed in May 2015, the release said.

To learn more about the project or sign up for traffic advisories, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and click on the District 8 region on the "PennDOT Near You" page.

John Hilton

John Hilton

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