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Most expensive project in PennDOT region history set to begin on I-83

Posted 8/30/18

Work has begun to clear areas along the southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 83 near Valley Road, Locust Lane, Megoulas Boulevard, and Londonderry Road in preparation for mainline interstate …

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Most expensive project in PennDOT region history set to begin on I-83

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Work has begun to clear areas along the southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 83 near Valley Road, Locust Lane, Megoulas Boulevard, and Londonderry Road in preparation for mainline interstate and structure widening in Lower Paxton Township.

This is the single largest highway construction contract to be awarded in the history of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Engineering District 8, the eight-county region including Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties — $104.7 million awarded June 26 to J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Chester County.

The contract includes widening and rebuilding a 2.77-mile section of I-83 east of the city of Harrisburg from just south of Exit 48 for Union Deposit Road, through Exit 50 for U.S. 22 (Colonial Park/Progress), to Exit 51 for Interstate 81. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.

More than 90,000 vehicles per day travel on this section of I-83.

Work this fall will focus on preparations to widen the interstate along the outside of the current alignment for the additional northbound and southbound lanes on I-83, construct retaining walls, and begin work to widen the mainline structures, followed by the reconstruction of the existing lanes in the middle. The initial two-thirds of the work will be conducted off alignment with minimal impact to mainline traffic, according to PennDOT.

Two lanes of traffic in each direction of I-83 will be maintained during daylight hours throughout the project. Motorists might encounter single lane restrictions on I-83 in either direction during overnight hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. More information on specific changes to existing traffic patterns will be provided as construction progresses, PennDOT said.

The structure work on the project includes the replacement and widening of the existing mainline bridges at four locations, widening the existing box culvert at Slotznick Run, and construction of new retaining walls as well as new sound walls in the residential areas.