There's not much about this summer that's normal, except for the heat. And the road construction. Construction projects of all stripes came to a halt in March when officials locked down much of Pennsylvania to combat COVID-19. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) projects got going again in phases, with all of them back in gear on May 1.

Construction began June 22 on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Friendship Church Road over Knight Run in West Fallowfield Township, Chester County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The Friendship Church Road Bridge is one of 11 structures in Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties that PennDOT is or has repaired under a $9.8 million project financed by Act 89, the state's transportation plan.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is preparing to start collecting wind speed data on the nearly mile-long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Bridge, now under construction. Temporary wind monitors are being installed on the bridge that, at its peak, is approximately 180 ft.

It's a familiar story across the country as our aging infrastructure deteriorates under increasing traffic loads. In the Borough of Northumberland, the underlying structure of PA 147 and U.S.11 consisted of brick or cement concrete installed during the 1920s and 1940s, according to Maggie Baker, PennDOT spokesperson.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that its contractor will begin preparatory work on a project to repair and resurface a 3.31-mi. section of Route 74 from the intersection of Broadway Street and Route 24 through Red Lion and Dallastown boroughs to the intersection of South Queen Street and Locust Hill Road in York Township, York County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that construction resumed May 5 on the project to rehabilitate eight bridges over Interstate 95 and CSX Railroad in the City of Chester, Delaware County. Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, special signage and relevant training.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is overseeing a nearly $90 million project that will rehabilitate the U.S. 1/Roosevelt Expressway viaduct in Philadelphia. The viaduct is located between the Broad Street and Wissahickon Avenue/Germantown Avenue exits in the Nicetown section of the city.

Construction is scheduled to begin Oct. 14, to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Park Road over U.S. 1 (Kennett Oxford Bypass) in West Nottingham Township, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced. Due to the nature of the repairs, Park Road Bridge will be closed and detoured between Kimble Road and Old Baltimore Pike through the completion of the project scheduled for mid-November.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 3 continues to work to remedy the challenges created by above average precipitation in north central Pennsylvania. This has occurred since 2016 and has resulted in flooding in many areas.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), announced the implementation of a statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) pilot program to reduce work zone speeds, change driver behavior, and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists.

A unique bridge/city park project is currently under way in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is managing the construction of the "Cap" Project — the I-579 Urban Connector — for the Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA).