Investors - APRIL 6, 2017

Pennsylvania to invest $639m in road, bridge projects

by Jody Barhanovich

Pennsylvania plans to invest $639 million this year in more than 150 road and bridge projects throughout northeast Pennsylvania, according to news sources.

The 153 projects will be completed in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Region 4, which includes the counties of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming. Roughly 433 miles of roads will be repaved or resurfaced, with another 600 miles repaired. Approximately 100 bridges will be repaired or replaced, and there will be 86 other safety enhancement projects.

According to news sources, notable repaving projects include:

  • In Luzerne County, westbound I-80, between Butler Township and White Haven; U.S. Route 11 between Shickshinny and West Nanticoke; state Route 92 from West Pittston through Exeter Township; and state Route 93 between Nescopeck and Hazleton.
  • In Lackawanna County, U.S. Route 6 Business by the Viewmont Mall; Springbrook Avenue in Springbrook and Covington townships; along with state Route 307/Moosic Street and U.S. Route 11/Northern Boulevard as they lead into Scranton.
  • In Wyoming County, U.S. Route 6 in Tunkhannock and state Route 29 in Eaton Township.

The plan also includes upgrades to 25 bridges in Luzerne County, 20 in Lackawanna County and 13 in Wyoming County. The projects are being funded as part of the Act 89 transportation law approved in 2013, which increased gasoline taxes to fund road and bridge projects.

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