“With more than $300 million in infrastructure investment in the Pittsburgh region we anticipate another busy construction season in 2019,” said Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on March 21 highlighted more than 136 projects that will take place across District 11 — which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties — during the 2019 construction season.
"With more than $300 million in infrastructure investment in the Pittsburgh region we anticipate another busy construction season in 2019," said Gov. Tom Wolf. "We urge motorists to use caution in our work zones as we deliver the necessary improvements to our transportation system."
Overall highlights in the 2019 construction season for District 11 include:
- approximately 275 mi. of paving;
- approximately 48 bridges will be repaired or replaced; and
- approximately 23 slides will be repaired.
"Over the last few years, landslides have had a significant impact on our district, and I appreciate the motorists' patience as we have worked through various detours and repairs," said Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, District 11 executive. "I am pleased that the department will make substantial investment this year to address this ongoing issue."
Notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:
- Route 28 — Russellton to Butler County consists of 14 mi. of roadway rehabilitation in Tarentum Borough and East Deer, Fawn and Harrison townships in Allegheny County, $34.3 million;
- Interstate 279 Parkway North Improvement Project consists of roadway rehabilitation and the preservation of over 100 bridges, walls and overhead sign structures in the city of Pittsburgh and Ohio and Ross townships in Allegheny County, $87.9 million;
- Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge Project consists of the rehabilitation of the Elizabeth Bridge over the Monongahela River in West Elizabeth and Elizabeth boroughs in Allegheny County, $31.3 million;
- I-376 Parkway East resurfacing and expansion dam replacement from the Fort Pitt Bridge in the city of Pittsburgh to the Edgewood/Swissvale interchange in Allegheny County, nearly $27 million;
- Route 2108 Forbes Avenue improvements consist of roadway restoration and bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in the city of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, $10.2 million;
- Route 351 Koppel Bridge Replacement Project in Koppel Borough and North Sewickley Township in Beaver County, $31.5 million; and
- Route 288 Wampum Avenue Bridge Replacement Project in Wayne Township in Lawrence County, $10.5 million.
Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:
- Route 19 roadway reconstruction and replacement of the Shaler Street Bridge in the city of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, $14.6 million;
- Route 22 resurfacing of nearly 7 mi. of roadway in the Municipality of Monroeville in Allegheny County, nearly $11 million;
- Route 837 West Carson Street reconstruction of 3.5 mi. of roadway in the city of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, $6.1 million;
- Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies resurfacing of 4 mi. of roadway in the city of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, $7.1 million;
- Route 4009 Babcock Boulevard flood repairs including culvert replacement work in Ross Township, Allegheny County, $2.8 million;
- Route 3048 Noblestown Road Bridge rehabilitation in Collier Township, Allegheny County, $3.5 million;
- Route 18 resurfacing of more than 3 mi. of 7th Avenue in New Brighton Borough and the city of Beaver Falls in Beaver County; $6.1 million;
- Route 4020 Dutch Ridge Road Bridge replacement over I-376 in Brighton Township, Beaver County, $5.9 million;
- Route 3020 West Washington Street Bridge rehabilitation in the city of New Castle, Lawrence County, $3.1 million; and
- Route 4012 Mitchell Road roadway reconstruction in Neshannock Township, Lawrence County, $2.29 million.
Community outreach in all three counties will occur in April as PennDOT officials meet with regional stakeholders to discuss construction and maintenance improvements that will be made during 2019 and in future construction seasons.
As construction projects are under way in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and to take turns merging into the open lane.
For more information, visit projects.penndot.gov.