PennDOT has released its 2015 Beaver County transportation improvement project list for state-owned roads and bridges, and the list includes local projects in Economy and Baden.
In total, PennDOT's District 11 plans to invest an estimated $31 million this year on eight projects in Beaver County to improve, preserve or rehabilitate key transportation infrastructure including 10 bridges -- three structurally deficient.
Work will include milling and resurfacing, shoulder improvements, signage upgrades, pavement marking installation, guide-rail improvements, and minor drainage and signal upgrades.
Daily traffic restrictions will occur during off-peak hours. The project’s estimated completion is August 2015.
Group Resurfacing Contracts
In addition, Phillips Street from State Street in Baden Borough to Ridge Road Extension (Route 989) in Economy will be milled and resurfaced with drainage improvements and minor rehabilitation as part of a contract group project this year.
A total of 19 miles of roadway throughout Beaver County will be paved or resurfaced. Approximately 11 projects will be bid this year valued at an estimated $44 million, according to PennDOT.
“We are excited to deliver much needed transportation improvements for our region,” District Executive Dan Cessna said in a news release. “We appreciate your patience as you travel through our work zones as we work to complete these key infrastructure projects.”
Here are other major improvements scheduled for 2015 in Beaver County:
Projects continuing from 2014 with minor work remaining
Route 68 Third Street Roadway Improvement Project
Only minor work remains on this $3.48 million project to improve Third Street (Route 68) in Beaver Borough from Buffalo Street) to the B&O Railroad overpass/Bridgewater Interchange. Roadway improvements include milling and resurfacing approximately one mile of Third Street, concrete reconstruction, traffic signal upgrades, signing and pavement markings were completed in 2014. Work is anticipated to conclude in mid-summer as crews complete ADA curb cut ramp installation with limited traffic restrictions.
Projects continuing from 2014 with major work remaining
Route 18 Roadway Improvements
This $6.64 million project to rehabilitate approximately one mile of Route 18 (Fourth Avenue) from 32nd Street to Wallace Run Road (Route 551) in Beaver Falls began in June 2014 with utility relocation work. Long-term restrictions and single-lane alternating traffic will occur in 2015 as roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, traffic signal replacement, ADA curb cut ramps, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction begins. Work is anticipated to be completed in December 2015.
Route 51/Aliquippa Tin Mill Drainage
Work is anticipated to begin in July on this estimated $2-3 million project to reconstruct an existing drainage system in the City of Aliquippa. No traffic restrictions will occur on Route 51; however Woodlawn Road will be detoured. The project will conclude by the end of 2015.
Route 65 Mercer/Zelienople Road
Set to begin mid-March, this $6.84 million project will improve Route 65/288 from Lawrence County to Route 65 (Mercer Road) and Route 288 (Zelienople Road) from Route 65 (Mercer Road) to Shadyrest Road in Franklin Township. Roadway rehabilitation will include concrete pavement patching and bituminous overlay, concrete pavement reconstruction, drainage, guiderail, curb and sidewalk, shoulder, and signage improvements. Additional work will include pavement marking installation, traffic signal upgrades, and structure preservation. Work will conclude in November 2015.
376 Beaver Joint Repairs
Work will begin in mid-March to preserve four structures on I-376 (Beaver Valley Expressway) over Raccoon Creek in Center and Hopewell townships. The $2.37 million bridge preservation project will include deck joint replacement, approach slab replacement, structural steel repairs, substructure repairs, parapet repairs and several safety improvements. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction. Work is expected to be completed by September 2015.
Service Creek Road
Set to begin in August, this $1.47 million project will replace the structure that carries Service Creek Road over Service Creek in Independence Township. Traffic will be detoured throughout the entirety of the project. Construction is set to be complete late September 2015.
Group Resurfacing Contracts
Frankfort Road (Route 18) from Lincoln Highway (Route 30) in Hanover Township to Winford Lane in Raccoon Township also will be milled and resurfaced with drainage improvements and minor rehabilitation. (Work areas may be subject to change).
In addition to the work listed above, PennDOT will be making many improvements to the transportation system in Beaver County through various county maintenance activities. PennDOT will also perform numerous bridge preservation and washing projects around the county in an increased effort to address critical bridge needs.
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