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PennDOT Concludes 2019 Construction Season

By Staff | Jan 1, 2020

Montoursville -PennDOT Engineering District 3-0 wrapped up another busy construction season in north central Pennsylvania.

The nine-county district opened bids for 63 contracts totaling nearly $102 million in value. Of those contracts, 38 were for roadway work and 25 were for bridge work.

More than 141 miles of paving and 341 miles of seal coating (tar and chip) were completed in the district in 2019.

Work was performed on 83 state-owned bridges by contractors or department forces. This included the replacement or rehabilitation of 21 bridges, and preservation work on 62 bridges in good condition to extend the life of those bridges.

This work included 11 small bridge projects and 13 bridge preservation projects completed by department force crews. The district has been able to stretch limited resources by using in-house capabilities such as paving and bridge crews to complete work.

In addition to programmed work, the district continued to face challenges following the flooding and above average precipitation that has impacted north central Pennsylvania since 2016. Flood damage for most sites occurs during the actual flooding, however; embankment failures or landslides can occur several months or years later due to the mechanics of the failure. Repairs for most of the damaged areas are complete or are currently under repair. The long-term impacts from the flooding will take many years to recover from.??

In southeastern Lycoming County, the following work occurred:

Beginning in the fall of 2018, emergency repair of a soil slide just north of Route 87 (Dunwoody Road) in Plunketts Creek Township; completed in August of 2019, $1.8 million.

Interstate 180, 5.5-mile mill and resurfacing and bridge preservation from Route 15 in Williamsport to I-180 westbound on-ramp in Montoursville. Completion in the spring 2020, $3 million;

During the summer of 2018, an 8.6-mile resurfacing project from Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to the Muncy Creek bridge on Interstate 180,; completed November 2019, $6 million;

Beginning last summer, Routes 220 and 405, intersection reconstruction and traffic signal installation in Hughesville Borough and Wolf Township, building demolitions, utility relocation and temporary roadway construction. Roadway and signal completion in the fall of 2020, $2.9 million.