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April 5, 2014

PennDOT highlights this year’s road work

NEW CASTLE — The resurfacing of Highland Avenue in New Castle is one of PennDOT’s projects planned for this year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this week announced a total of $53.5 million is earmarked for major road and bridge projects in Lawrence County this year.

The work will include upgrades or replacement of 16 bridges, seven of which are structurally deficient.

Money for the upcoming projects includes $2.4 million for state-owned roads from the Transportation Funding Law of 2013.

In addition, 30 miles of road will be paved or resurfaced. Construction bids will be opened for 12 new projects this year valued at $39 million.

The Highland Avenue project, to involve multiple contractors, will extend from Mercer Road at Maitland Lane in Neshannock Township, south to Falls Street in the city of New Castle. The road will be milled and resurfaced with drainage improvements and minor rehabilitation.

“After a harsh winter, we are pleased to deliver much needed highway and bridge repairs,” PennDOT district executive Dan Cessna said.

Among other projects planned in Lawrence County is the rehabilitation of Route 224/State Street in the city and Union Township, which was started last year and is continuing this spring.

Work resumed in February on the $5.22 million project to upgrade three miles of Route 224 (State Street). Work includes milling and resurfacing, bridge preservation, concrete patching, drainage betterments, traffic signals and sign structure upgrades between Route 422 in Union Township and Route 18 in the city of New Castle. The work will conclude in June.

Other work planned includes:

•Route 208 from Pulaski Township to New Wilmington. Work will begin Monday on the $4.24 million project to upgrade a stretch of Pulaski Road and Neshannock Avenue in New Wilmington. The work will extend from the Shenango River in Pulaski Township to Means Road in Wilmington Township. Additional work will be done on Phillips School Road/Johnston Road — Route 158 — in Wilmington Township. Upgrades will include milling and resurfacing, drainage improvements, minor concrete patching at the Interstate 376 overpass and installation of handicap ramps. The project will conclude in November.

•Interstate 376 preservation. Work is under way on a $16.9 million worth of highway preservation on a 5.13-mile stretch between Mitchell Road in Neshannock Township and Wilmington Township at the Mercer County line. The work includes concrete pavement patching, bituminous overlay, guide rail and drainage updates, bridge preservation and slope wall repairs. Traffic will be maintained on the highway, but ramp detours will be placed as needed and lane restrictions are in place. Work will be completed in November.

•PennDOT’s District 11 office, which includes Beaver, Lawrence and Allegheny counties, also has plans for road improvements countywide through its county maintenance office, including bridge repairs and washing projects in order to address critical bridge needs.

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