|Jefferson completes many improvements this year |
Jefferson County, PA (Nov. 15) – PennDOT Engineering District 10 is pleased to announce a number of successful transportation improvement projects were completed this year in Jefferson County.
"This has been another great year for highway improvements in District 10. We have completed many projects that will help preserve and maintain our transportation system while improving mobility and safety for motorists and residents," George McAuley, Assistant District Executive for Construction, said.
The following summarizes some of the major accomplishments that occurred this year:
- $26.2 million Route 830 Dubois Jefferson County Airport Access – The regional effort to provide direct access from Interstate 80 to the Dubois Jefferson County Airport took a major step forward this year. Phase I of the project neared completion and ground was broken to begin Phase II this summer. Phase II of the DUJ Airport Access project is creating a new two-lane roadway west of the airport along the existing corridors of Horm Run Road and Sensor Road. The new 5.2 mile roadway will eventually connect with Phase I, a new interchange on Interstate 80.
Phase I, which started last year, will be finished this winter. The intermodal project, when completed in 2007, is expected to spur economic growth and development in the area. The prime contractor for Phase I is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, and for Phase II, the contractor is Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion.
- $2.5 million Route 119/410 intersection - Construction activities for the Route 119/410 intersection improvement project in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, were completed this fall. The project created dramatic safety and mobility improvements at the intersection by increasing sight distance and visibility. A turning lane was also added on Route 119. The prime contractor was Francis J. Palo, Inc.
- $4 million Route 28 improvements - Two consecutive projects were completed on Route 28 north of I-80 this year. The $2.44 million Exit 14 (new Exit 81) North 3R (reconstruction, rehabilitation and resurfacing) project in Pine Township, improved safety and mobility by widening, resurfacing and adding paved shoulders, guide rail and drainage to approximately 2.5 miles of Route 28. The second project, the $1.53 million Route 28 S-Curve 3R project in Pine Creek and Warsaw townships, reconstructed Route 28 on a new alignment to remove an s-curve north of Mill Iron Road. Together, both projects represented a $4 million investment and created significant improvements for the Route 28 corridor. "We are thrilled to complete these projects and reopen a new, improved Route 28," said Richard H. Hogg, P.E., District Executive. The prime contractor for both projects was HRI, Inc. of State College.
- $3.5 million I-80 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) – Construction started this fall on this project that will install Variable Message Signs (VMS) and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) along Interstate 80 in Clarion and Jefferson counties to advise motorists of road conditions, potential delays and other useful information.
The project will be completed in 2007. Bruce and Merrilees Electric Company of New Castle is the prime contractor.
- $2.5 million in contract surface improvement work was completed around the county this summer.
For more information on roadway construction, design and maintenance, access District 10's website at www.dot.state.pa.us/district10.