Shapiro Administration highlights upcoming PennDOT construction in East Central region

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5 Monday highlighted highway and bridge construction projects that will start or continue this year in the six-county east central region.

PennDOT anticipates more than $700 million worth of road and bridge projects will be under construction this year in its Engineering District 5 region spanning Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.

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“Investing in our transportation system is essential for this region’s economy,” said District 5 Executive Mike Rebert. “And these projects are vital investments in east central Pennsylvania.”

The event was held at the Route 443 improvement project which is currently being constructed under a $21.2 million contract.

Notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:

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Project to improve Interstate 78 including patching, milling, paving and bridge preservation in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, $23.3 million.

Reconstruction of Interstate 78 between Exit 35 (PA 143/Lenhartsville) and Lehigh County line in Greenwich Township, Berks County, $172.9 million.

Reconstruction and widening of Interstate 78, including rehabilitating the bridge over the Schuylkill River and upgrading the Route 61 interchange, in Tilden Township and Hamburg Borough, Berks County, $132.2 million.

Milling, patching, paving, bridge repairs and guiderail replacement on Route 12 in City of Reading, Wyomissing Borough, and Spring Township, Berks County, $9.28 million.

Replacement of the Carsonia Avenue bridge over Antietam Creek in Lower Alsace Township, Berks County, $5.16 million.

Traffic signal upgrades on Spring Street in the City of Reading, Berks County, $2.7 million.

Replacement of the Route 568 bridge over Allegheny Creek in Robeson Township, Berks County, $2 million.

Milling and paving of Route 61 in Leesport Borough and Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, $1.5 million.

Milling and paving of Route 562 between Business Route 422/Perkiomen Avenue and Shelbourne Road in St. Lawrence Borough and Exeter Township, Berks County, $1.24 million.

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