PennDOT to Set Beams on I-83 Bridges over Valley Road near Harrisburg in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today advised that late night Thursday and Monday, May 9 and 13, weather permitting, its contractor will begin work to set new bridge beams on the bridges that carry Interstate 83 over Valley Road east of the City of Harrisburg in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. Pennsylvania State Police will assist the contractor in conducting multiple rolling roadblocks between 5 and 15 minutes long on I-83 between midnight and 5:00 AM for crews to safely set eight 140-foot long reinforced concrete bridge beams on the bridges that carry I-83 over Valley Road.
PennDOT advises motorists that starting midnight Thursday, May 9, through 5:00 AM Friday, May 10, four bridge beams will be set on the southbound I-83 bridge over Valley Road. Stoppages may impact traffic on northbound Interstate 81 approaching I-83 and southbound I-81 approaching I-83. On Monday, May 13, from midnight through 5:00 AM Tuesday, May 14, four bridge beams will be set on the northbound I-83 bridge over Valley Road. Stoppages may impact traffic traveling I-83 North.
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. The section of southbound I-83 over Valley Road averages more than 48,800 vehicles traveled per day while northbound averages 44,375 vehicles traveled daily.
Work started last fall to prepare 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.
Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to use caution when driving through work zones for their safety, as well as 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.