October 5, 2018
Rebuilding Shoulder to Precede I-83 Traffic Shift, Bridge Work
Preparations underway along Interstate 83 from Exit 51 to 48 east of Harrisburg.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today advised that its contractor will resume nighttime work next week to reconstruct the Interstate 83 southbound and northbound shoulders approaching the bridges over Valley Road in preparation for an upcoming traffic shift to accommodate bridge work east of the City of Harrisburg in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.
This work is part of the $104,747,344 interstate reconstruction contract that was awarded on June 26 to J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, and 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.
Two lanes of traffic in each direction of I-83 will be maintained during daylight hours throughout the project. PennDOT advises motorists that they may encounter single lane restrictions on I-83 in either direction during overnight hours, 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. More than 90,000 vehicles per day travel on this section of I-83.
Over the next month, crews will shift traffic and place concrete barrier, starting at the north end of the project, between Exit 51 for I-81 and Exit 48 for Union Deposit Road to begin work to replace the I-83 bridges over Valley Road and establish the new traffic pattern for the next phase of construction. Removal of brush, trees and other vegetation and debris from the construction area started in mid-August.
Work this fall, continuing into next year, 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 bridge structures, and construct sound barriers. The initial two-thirds of the work will be conducted off the present alignment of the interstate with minimal impact to mainline traffic. Reconstruction of the existing lanes in the middle will follow, most likely in 2020. The project is scheduled to wrap up in 2021.
The structure work on the project includes the replacement and widening of the existing mainline bridges at Valley Road as well as three other locations, widening the existing culvert at Slotznick Run, and construction of new retaining walls as well as new sound walls in the residential areas.
Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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Source: PennDOT Engineering District 8