WEST CHESTER (September 6, 2019) – More than $61 million in state funding has gone to Chester County transportation infrastructure projects that were completed this year or are currently underway, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.
Those projects, funded through Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan, come in addition to the more than $55 million that has already been invested in Chester County’s roads, streets, and bridges since the act took effect.
On top of that, according to PennDOT, transportation infrastructure improvement projects totaling more than $48.7 million are slated to begin in Chester County next year.
“Six years after it was signed into law, Act 89 continues to pay dividends in making much-needed improvements and upgrades to our roads, bridges, and highways in Chester County,” Dinniman, who supported the landmark transportation law, said. “These upgrades are not only important to help ensure public safety and alleviate traffic congestion, they’re also vital to the long-term health and sustained growth of our local and regional economy.”
Act 89 projects that were completed this year are as follows:
- $3.5 million for the replacement of the Route 372 (Lower Valley Road) Bridge over Officer’s Run in Atglen. The project consisted of replacing an existing two-span reinforced concrete slab bridge with a prestressed concrete adjacent box beam bridge.
- $26.4 million for completion of the project rehabilitating two Route 202 bridges spanning Amtrak rail lines located just south of the Route 202/Exton Bypass interchange in East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships. The extensive project, which began in 2017, was completed this year with the removal of crossovers and restoration of the median.
- The rehabilitation of the bridge carrying Boot Road over Route 100 in West Whiteland. Contractors removed and replaced the parapet of and made additional upgrades to the 94-foot-long single-span box beam bridge, which was built in 1968 and carries nearly 14,000 vehicles per day. It reopened in August.
Act 89 projects currently underway are as follows:
- The rehabilitation of the bridge carrying Whitford Road over the Valley Creek in West Whiteland. Contractors will remove and replace the existing superstructure, install new parapets and bridge deck, perform concrete spall repairs, repair guiderails, and pave bridge approaches. Built in 1967, the single-span box beam bridge is 52 feet long and 38 feet wide. It carries nearly 7,000 vehicles per day. It is expected to be completed next month.
- $5.9 million for the replacement of the Route 322 (Downingtown Pike) bridge of the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek in East Bradford and West Bradford. The preexisting bridge, built in 1929, was in poor condition and is being replaced with a new two-span, concrete beam structure downstream of the existing crossing on a new alignment. The project is expected to be completed this spring.
- $5.9 million for the installation of Advanced Intelligent Transportation Systems assets on the Route 30 corridor including the Route 30 Bypass and Business Route 30 as well as surrounding arterial roads (Route 113, Route 322, Route 340, Reeceville Road, Route 82, Airport Road and Route 10). These include CCTV cameras, dynamic message signs, EZ Pass tag readers, RTMS incident detectors, fiber communications systems, and expressway service patrol. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.
- $1.3 million to restore three previously constructed wetland mitigation sites along the Exton Bypass in West Whiteland, as well as stormwater control measure repairs. The project is expected to be completed next spring.
- The rehabilitation of the Route 252 (Bear Hill Road) Bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Tredyffrin Township. Work is expected to be completed by late next year. It comes as part of a $4.8 million project to repair eight bridges in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.
- The replacement of two state-owned bridges at Clay Creek Road over a tributary of the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek in Landenberg and the Baltimore Pike over a branch of the Red Clay Creek. These bridges are being rehabilitated as part of a $7.6 million project that includes repairs to three other bridges in poor condition in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
- The replacement of four bridges and culverts: Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield, the Edenton Road Bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford, White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, and Street Road over Octoraro Creek in Upper Oxford. Work on these structures comes as part of an $11.8 million project that includes the replacement of 14 other bridges and culverts in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.
Act 89 projects slated to begin in 2020 are as follows:
- The rehabilitation of the Old Lancaster Road over Amtrak lines in Tredyffrin and the Ross Fording Road over the Octoraro Creek in West Fallowfield. Work on these bridges is being completed as part of a $7.3 million project that included the Boot Road and Whitford Road bridges, as well as five other bridges in Montgomery County.
- $1.9 million for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 41 and Route 926 in Londonderry. The project aims to improve the safety of the four-way intersection that is currently skewed, as well as accommodate future traffic demands. Work is expected to begin next summer.
- $7.3 million to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Lancaster Avenue over the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek in Downingtown. Work is expected to begin next summer.
- The replacement of the West Miner Street Bridge over a branch of Blackhorse Run in East Bradford. Work is expected to begin next winter. It is part of a $7.6 million project that includes the replacement of 9 other bridges in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
- $2.5 million for the rehabilitation of the Rudolph and Arthur Covered Bridge (Chester County Bridge #26) carrying Camp Bonsul Road over the Big Elk Creek in Elk and New London. The project calls for strengthening the bridge for continued vehicular use. Original timber trusses, decking, and boards will be re-used and restored in-kind where necessary to maintain the original appearance of the covered bridge. Work is expected to begin next winter.
- $6.4 million for replacement of the West Bridge Street Bridge over Amtrak lines in Parkesburg. The bridge has been closed to traffic and pedestrian use since 1994. It will be replaced with a two-lane bridge with sidewalks and shoulders on both sides. Work is expected to begin next winter.
- $8.2 million for the replacement of the Boot Road bridge over Amtrak lines near Quarry Road in East Caln Township. Work is expected to begin next winter.
- The replacement of the bridges carrying Saginaw Road over the Big Elk Creek in Oxford, 5th Street over a branch of the Big Elk Creek in East Nottingham, and Barnsley-Chrome Road over the Northeast Creek in East Nottingham. Work is expected to begin next spring. These bridges are part of a $7.5 million project that includes the replacement of four other bridges in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.
“While we still have much work ahead, in terms of repairing and updating our roads and bridges, the total investment of nearly $165 million in Chester County’s transportation infrastructure is making and will continue to make a real difference,” Dinniman said.