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rickmastfan67:
I thought that we should have a specific thread in this section for things in SW Pennsylvania that don't need their own thread.

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Just was up in Zelienople on Friday and the brand new ramps at I-79 Exit #88 look very close to be ready to be opened.  Everything was painted.  Only things they need to finish on Little Creek Road is to put up the concrete divider on the new bridge (they were installing the rebar for it when I drove by), and install the traffic lights at the ramp intersections.  As for on I-79, they still need to install the new signs for the ramp going NB (SB already existed, so no new signage was needed for that direction).  They installed a new overhead gantry for Exit #87 (PA-68) ramp to replace the sign that was on the side of the road (which was still up as of last Friday).  On that gantry, they also have a new sign for Exit #88, but it was covered.  I got a picture of it, and I'll post it later once I get it off my camera and crop it.

Project website: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/d10const.nsf/FS79Ramp?OpenFrameSet

rickmastfan67:
Another update on the I-79 Exit #88 project.

Just traveled the area again today and all the traffic lights have been installed for both sets of ramps, plus the Little Creek Road/Seneca School Road intersection.  The ramp traffic lights are currently set on flashing mode, while the one @ Little Creek Road/Seneca School Road intersection has been turned on and is activated.  The concrete divider is also inplace on the bridge over I-79 and traffic is using both sides of the bridge finally.  Everything for the interchange seems to be ready to go for it to be opened fully (currently, only the SB off-ramp is open since it was one of the two original ramps; other was the NB on-ramp).

The only thing I could think that could be holding up the full opening of the interchange could be some missing signage for the ramp South of Exit #87.  There are some foundations for signs, but no polls/signage.  There are at least two sets of them.  If that's what's holding up PennDOT from opening the interchange, it's stupid.  They have at least the 1 mile sign and signage at the interchange already up and covered, that should be enough for now to open it up as everything else is completed.

Hopefully they will have the interchange fully opened up before the end of the year.

rickmastfan67:

--- Quote from: rickmastfan67 on December 16, 2011, 08:33:18 PM ---Another update on the I-79 Exit #88 project.

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Hopefully they will have the interchange fully opened up before the end of the year.

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Well, it looks like the interchange is now open.  According to this article, the new ramps were opened yesterday. :)  Can't wait to be able to use them the next time I'm up that way, and to get pictures of the signs uncovered, lol. :D

EDIT: And here's the PennDOT release on the opening of the interchange ramps which was posted yesterday (20th).  So, it seems the ramps are opening this afternoon. :)

surferdude:
When they built I-79 through that area, they never thought that the area would grow.  Boy they where wrong and it has cost them a lot of money to upgrade the ramps from partial ramps to a full interchange.  But they have upgraded what they can. 

rickmastfan67:

--- Quote from: surferdude on December 22, 2011, 04:05:41 PM ---When they built I-79 through that area, they never thought that the area would grow.  Boy they where wrong and it has cost them a lot of money to upgrade the ramps from partial ramps to a full interchange.  But they have upgraded what they can. 

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Yeah, I hear ya.  Too bad they can't make the PA-68 interchange a full one. :(

You know, PennDOT should post a US-19 Truck route there now. ;)  Since Exit #88 is now a full interchange, a truck bypass of Zelienople can now be signed. ;)

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