PennDOT holds meeting on I-83 widening project

The project may be down the road, but it brought out groups of residents who wanted to find out more about a Interstate 83 widening project in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.

PennDOT hosted a three-hour-long open house at the Best Western on East Park Drive with representatives on hand to field questions.

PennDOT will begin Phase One of the project in 2016 by replacing three overhead bridges between the Union Deposit exit and the I-81 split.

Phase Two will follow in 2018.

The widening effort will consist of three travel lanes in each direction, with a fourth lane between the interchanges to help with traffic congestion entering and exiting the highway.

The project will cost nearly $150 million. Some landowners will lose their homes. Nearly two dozen properties will be lost to right of way, mostly homes.

Part of the proposed plan includes sound barriers.

The entire projected is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

PennDOT plans to hold additional meetings for potentially affected property owners.

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