Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Pennsylvania State Senator Tim Kearney and Ridley Park Mayor Hank Eberle announced Oct. 15 that a breakthrough had been reached on upgrading the 68-year-old Sellers Avenue Bridge in Ridley Park, paving the way for construction to begin on the long-dormant project.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Aug. 14 that construction would begin to replace the U.S. 30/West Girard Avenue bridge that carries four lanes of traffic and the SEPTA Route 15 trolley over CSX railroad tracks between 34th and 38th streets in the Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Construction began July 20 on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying 2nd Avenue over Mingo Creek in Upper Providence Township in Montgomery County, announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). This structure is one of seven bridges under a new $5 million project to repair poor condition bridges in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties on the edges of Philadelphia.

Two Lehigh Valley bridges — the final projects in a statewide bridge replacement project — should finally be completed in early August after years of delays. Andy Dressler, a spokesman of the Walsh Group, said July 13 that construction on the Hamilton Street Bridge over Cedar Creek should reopen by early August, barring any weather delays.

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.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a nonprofit, is suing the state of Pennsylvania and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) over the replacement of a historic bridge that has spanned the Tinicum Creek since the War of 1812. PennDOT has been trying to replace the Headquarters Road Bridge's stone foundation for the last 10 years due to its age — the bridge has been closed since 2011, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) announced that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Dec. 31. The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) and the Pennsylvania State Police held a media briefing to urge safe driving throughout work zones in the region. “The crew members' safety is extremely important and many people do not realize just how exposed and vulnerable to traffic they are in some work zones,” said Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, PennDOT District executive.

HARRISBURG (AP) Drivers across the state will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced $22 million for pothole and pavement repairs, enough to buy nearly 30,000 tons of paving material.