News for Immediate Release

April 3, 2014

New Transportation Plan Helps Clear Way for the Start of 37 Projects in East Central Pennsylvania Region


Allentown

Pennsylvania’s transportation plan, Act 89, is helping clear the way for the start of 37 projects in PennDOT’s East Central Pennsylvania region, District Executive Michael W. Rebert said today.

Rebert hosted a briefing to outline details of regional projects made possible by Act 89, signed into law in November.

Governor Tom Corbett announced today that statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89. More than 250 of roughly 900 projects are beginning this year due to Act 89.

“Act 89 funding will allow us to improve many roads, bridges and transit systems across the region.” Rebert said. “This will include the resurfacing of dozens of roads with rough pavement in east central Pennsylvania.”

Rebert noted that with Act 89, 37 projects will start this year.

Among these projects are the Buttonwood Street Bridge rehabilitation in Reading (Berks County), Second Street Bridge replacement in Whitehall (Lehigh County), and the resurfacing of PA 501 in Berks County, US 209 in Carbon County, US 222 in Lehigh County, PA 611 in Monroe County, PA 512 in Northampton County and PA 61 in Schuylkill County.

Rebert said the district will have an additional 33 projects under construction this year.

These projects include replacing the PA 903 Bridge (over the Lehigh River) in Carbon County, rehabilitating the Eighth Street/Albertus L. Meyers Bridge (over the Little Lehigh Creek, Norfolk Southern Railroad and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) in Lehigh County, replacing the PA 33 Bridge (over Pocono Creek) in Monroe County, replacing the PA 191 Bridge (over Waltz Creek) in Northampton County, and replacing two PA 61 bridges (over Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, and over the Schuylkill River) in Schuylkill County.

“It will be an exciting year in terms of improving roads and bridges, with the number of new projects that will start throughout the region,” Rebert said. “The additional resources made possible by the bipartisan consensus reached by Governor Corbett and the Legislature gives PennDOT the ability to repair the damage caused by the severe winter weather and resurface many more roads in our region.”

By its fifth year, Act 89 will generate an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion a year in added statewide transportation investment across all modes.

Media contact: Ronald J. Young, Jr., M.P.A., 610-871-4555, ronyoung@pa.gov.

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Media contact: Sean Brown, (610) 871-4556

Source:Engineering District 5-0
Allentown, PA. 18101
Districtwide
Act 89
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