Transportation plan clears way for 126 local projects

A finalized list of highway and bridge projects that will begin this year as a result of the transportation bill signed last fall by Gov. Tom Corbett includes 126 projects in south central Pennsylvania.

PennDOT District 8 Executive Michael Keiser said 48 projects totaling around $66 million will start this year because of the law.

Those projects include the resurfacing of Interstate 283 in Dauphin County for
$5.6 million and the resurfacing of eight miles of Route 283 in Lancaster
County for $8.5 million.

Also, four miles of Route 222 in
Lancaster County will be resurfaced for $4.4 million, and 5.4 miles of
Route 17 in Perry County will be resurfaced for $2.7 million.

Keiser said the district will begin 80 other projects this year totaling $133 million.

Those projects include the Route 441 bypass around Columbia for $14 million, and a $10 million safety improvement
project at the Route 30 intersection with Route 41 in Gap, Lancaster County.

Other work this year includes a $3 million improvement project to install adaptive traffic
signals on the Route 22 and Carlisle Pike corridors in the greater
Harrisburg area, and the $12.2 million rehabilitation project that began this
week on the Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg.

Statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will
begin this year. Spending under the law will total about $950 million in 2014, rising to $2.3 billion in 2017.

The work is being financed by increases in fuel taxes and driver fees
and fines.


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