Warm weather allows PennDOT projects to get started

The sun was shining and the snow continued to melt Monday which means PennDOT can pick up where it left off with a number of projects including work on the I-83/Route 581 interchange.

“The big news there will be the additional northbound lane that will take you from New Cumberland into Harrisburg,” PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis said.

Farther south in York County, PennDOT has big plans for I-83 near exit 18.

“83 in that area is poised for widening,” Crochunis said.

Crochunis said PennDOT has done studies which show adding a third lane will alleviate congestion.

“We already have built the new structures over 83 and allowed for widening on 83,” he said.

Aside from I-83, Mount Rose Avenue will also get some relief.

“Widening 124 to really connect up with the entire corridor, that’s been worked on over the last several years,” Crochunis said.

Widening Mount Rose is one project the locals are looking forward to.

“I think widening Mount Rose Avenue would be a good idea. It’s really crowded and backed up. It’s backed up on the highway and on Mount Rose Avenue,” said Ginny Yinger of York.

“It’s bad because it takes a long time to get short distances, plus also since the snow has been going on it’s been closing it more and more, so I think widening it would help a lot,” said Papakojo Carunchie of York.

Those projects will start when spring officially rolls around. PennDOT has already started working in other parts of the Midstate including Route 23 through Leola and New Holland. Route 74 near Dillsburg and U.S. 15 South are all getting worked on.

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