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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #100 on: February 28, 2015, 01:24:56 PM »

Once PennDOT upgrades the substandard segments of I-70, I-78, I-80 and I-83, I hope they start putting the screws to any NIMBYs in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia who try to prevent I-76 and I-376 from being properly upgraded.
I'm not sure anyone on the forum will live long enough to see PennDOT fix all their substandard interstate segments and interchanges.

They've done preliminary design work on I-80 through Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg, and are currently doing preliminary design work on I-83 past the north side of York. Major construction is ongoing on I-70 south of Pittsburgh. There's only 10 miles left of I-78 that needs to be upgraded.

Pennsylvania has only 195 miles of substandard Interstate, believe it or not, and the projects I mentioned will put a decent dent in that number, reducing it to about 150 or so.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #101 on: February 28, 2015, 04:09:22 PM »

I know about all of those projects.  I-80 and 83 are only in their infancy and PennDOT is not known for their speed.  They are especially slow right now, due in large part to financial constraints.  However, even when they were in better financial condition, projects moved at a snail's pace.

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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #102 on: June 19, 2015, 03:21:31 PM »

According to the PennDOT District 12 website, it appears the contract for the PA 481 interchange has been awarded and the contract bids for New Stanton were to be opened yesterday.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #103 on: June 20, 2015, 10:32:58 PM »

According to the PennDOT District 12 website, it appears the contract for the PA 481 interchange has been awarded and the contract bids for New Stanton were to be opened yesterday.

How long typically does it take after a contract is awarded for the work to begin? Is it relatively quick?
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #104 on: June 20, 2015, 10:51:13 PM »

According to the PennDOT District 12 website, it appears the contract for the PA 481 interchange has been awarded and the contract bids for New Stanton were to be opened yesterday.

How long typically does it take after a contract is awarded for the work to begin? Is it relatively quick?

At least in NY for projects considered to be on the "state system" (like these would be), the time between actual award and construction work beginning can be relatively quick.

What's more of a mystery -- at least in NY -- are time periods between when funding is authorized and when expenditures actually start hitting the books -- especially for design/engineering phases and local projects.  Typically, for construction, the practice for federal funding is to get it authorized before advertisement -- this includes setting up a project identification number (PIN) that can start being charged so it's ready to go when the project is actually awarded (i.e., after the contract letting and the low bid is approved). 

Anyway, I'd bet NYSDOT isn't the only state DOT that is never satisfied with the quality of its programming estimates when reality actually catches up!
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #105 on: June 20, 2015, 11:06:41 PM »

According to the PennDOT District 12 website, it appears the contract for the PA 481 interchange has been awarded and the contract bids for New Stanton were to be opened yesterday.

Last I saw, bids for the Bentleyville interchange are to open in mid-July. That'll be four construction projects in a ~40 mile stretch.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #106 on: August 16, 2015, 06:04:20 PM »

Took a quick look at the PennDOT District 12 website and have noted that the contracts for the Bentleyville and New Stanton interchanges have been awarded.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #107 on: August 16, 2015, 06:06:21 PM »

Also noting that the upgrade work on 70 from 79 south to 136 is scheduled to be let in mid April of 2016
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #108 on: August 30, 2015, 08:09:13 PM »

Also noting that the upgrade work on 70 from 79 south to 136 is scheduled to be let in mid April of 2016

I failed to note that on the same date in mid April 16, a contract to upgrade and rebuild 70 from 79S to 519 will be let as well.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #109 on: September 04, 2015, 03:43:02 PM »

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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #110 on: September 04, 2015, 05:20:24 PM »

The bit about it being built on a new alignment 60 feet to the north was very interesting.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #111 on: September 08, 2015, 11:30:01 AM »

My impression isn't that the ROW would move.  I think it was just bad wording.  Since the road is going from 4 lanes without shoulders to 6 lane interstate standards, it sounds like the ROW will be growing by 60 feet. 
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #112 on: February 21, 2017, 03:25:59 PM »

Some aerial footage of the progress of the New Stanton interchange (apparently from yesterday) by a drone enthusiast.

https://youtu.be/9gw0_UKN1eE
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #113 on: March 15, 2017, 09:45:02 AM »

Oh, for crying out loud!

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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #114 on: March 15, 2017, 03:03:03 PM »

^^ How the fuck did the SUV driver manage that!!?
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #115 on: March 15, 2017, 03:48:14 PM »

^^ How the fuck did the SUV driver manage that!!?

He was probably like, "K PENCILVANIA HIGHWEIGHS IS ALL NARROW SO DIS MUST BEE A HIGHWEIGH LOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11"

Simple solution: Place a couple of bollards at the end of the bridge that the driver approached from.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #116 on: April 19, 2017, 06:06:51 PM »

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12209975-74/i-70-bridge-work-in-new-stanton-that-led-to-traffic-delays-nearly

A couple of pics from the New Stanton construction area with an article about setting beams for the Center Ave. bridge.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #117 on: October 12, 2017, 08:26:26 AM »

It looks like work is beginning on the section between the southern/eastern end of the I-79 concurrency and Washington.  One curious thing I noticed on my drive through there on Saturday is the replacement of at least one BGS heading eastbound on I-70 that removes Waynesburg as a control city for I-79 south (only showing Morgantown).

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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #118 on: October 12, 2017, 11:09:45 AM »

It looks like work is beginning on the section between the southern/eastern end of the I-79 concurrency and Washington.  One curious thing I noticed on my drive through there on Saturday is the replacement of at least one BGS heading eastbound on I-70 that removes Waynesburg as a control city for I-79 south (only showing Morgantown).

Has there ever been a time when I-70 in and around Little Washington hasn't been under some type of construction/reconstruction/"improvement"?

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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #119 on: October 12, 2017, 12:01:06 PM »

It looks like work is beginning on the section between the southern/eastern end of the I-79 concurrency and Washington.  One curious thing I noticed on my drive through there on Saturday is the replacement of at least one BGS heading eastbound on I-70 that removes Waynesburg as a control city for I-79 south (only showing Morgantown).

Has there ever been a time when I-70 in and around Little Washington hasn't been under some type of construction/reconstruction/"improvement"?

Bruce in Blacksburg -- but a native of the 'Burgh


At least this time it's modern and 6 lanes between 79N and Murtland.  From what I understand this new work will make it 6 lanes to 519.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #120 on: October 12, 2017, 12:06:25 PM »

At least this time it's modern and 6 lanes between 79N and Murtland.  From what I understand this new work will make it 6 lanes to 519.

Definitely more modern but only four lanes beyond the I-70/I-79 concurrency (six within the concurrency).  From the project site:

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The SR70-T10 project, which is from SR 136 to the I-79 South Junction interchange in South Strabane Township, Washington County, completes the widening and reconstruction of I-70 from two (2) to three (3) lanes in each direction in the area between the Interstate 79 (I-79) North and South Junction Interchanges and is based on a 60 mph design speed.

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The SR70-W31 project, which has limits from I-79 South Junction to the SR 519 Interchange, will include the reconstruction and widening of I-70 to accommodate two (2)-12 foot lanes, 12 foot outside shoulders, 10 foot median and is based on 70 mph design speed.

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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #121 on: October 12, 2017, 11:35:22 PM »

It looks like work is beginning on the section between the southern/eastern end of the I-79 concurrency and Washington.  One curious thing I noticed on my drive through there on Saturday is the replacement of at least one BGS heading eastbound on I-70 that removes Waynesburg as a control city for I-79 south (only showing Morgantown).

Has there ever been a time when I-70 in and around Little Washington hasn't been under some type of construction/reconstruction/"improvement"?

Bruce in Blacksburg -- but a native of the 'Burgh


Yes. 1982& 83. 1999-2001.
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Re: Improvements Planned for I-70 in SW PA
« Reply #122 on: October 13, 2017, 09:02:12 AM »

It looks like work is beginning on the section between the southern/eastern end of the I-79 concurrency and Washington.  One curious thing I noticed on my drive through there on Saturday is the replacement of at least one BGS heading eastbound on I-70 that removes Waynesburg as a control city for I-79 south (only showing Morgantown).

The work has been going on for a couple months already. There was only one sign that listed Waynesburg in the sequence; the rest only said Morgantown which is the actual control city.
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