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Dozen local projects make PennDOT list

by MARC LEVY Associated Press on April 04, 2014 10:46 AM

HARRISBURG — The Corbett administration issued a final list Thursday of highway, bridge and mass transit improvement projects to begin this year as a result of the landmark transportation funding bill the governor signed in November, with an emphasis on repair rather than big new projects.

About 250 highway and bridge projects, including a dozen in Indiana County, and 50 mass transit projects will begin in 2014 because of the law, the administration said. That’s out of about 950 total. No new transit improvement projects would have begun this year with state capital money, according to the Department of Transportation.

Nearly all of the new money being spent under the law in 2014 and 2015 will be devoted to repair and reconstruction projects, while expensive projects requiring significant design work will begin in the third year or later, Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch told reporters during a news conference at a PennDOT facility in Harrisburg.

“There will be a strong fix-it first mentality here,” Schoch said.

The individual projects to be funded with the new money this year were posted on PennDOT’s website for each of the agency’s 12 regions. Meanwhile, weight restrictions on 100 state and locally owned bridges will be removed, PennDOT said.

Spending under the law will total about $950 million in 2014, rising to $2.3 billion in 2017, about a 40 percent increase over the spending that was expected before the law passed.

The work is being financed by increases in fuel taxes and motorist fines that began Jan. 1 and increases in motorist fees that began Tuesday. That includes hiking the fee for a duplicate driver’s license or a non-driver photo ID card from $13.50 to $27.50. Renewing a driver’s license will remain $21, plus the $8.50 photo fee until July 2015, when the $21 fee will increase by an inflation adjustment, according to PennDOT.

In terms of highway and bridge construction projects, $600 million of the state’s $2.1 million to spend this year is being supplied by the higher taxes, fees and fines under the law.

Major construction and repair projects in Indiana County planned under Act 89.

• South Two Lick Bridge replacement, Route 3035, Center Township, $2.2 million

Let date: Oct. 4, 2012

• South Brush Valley Bridge replacement, Route 56, Brush Valley Township, $2.9 million

Let date: Dec. 20, 2012

Projected completion: May 30, 2014

• Cramer Bridge #4 replacement, Route 403, East Wheatfield Township, $817,000

Let date: Dec. 20, 2012

Projected completion: Sept. 22, 2014

• Route 119 at East Pike Northbound/Southbound Bridge Replacement, Route 119, White Township, $3.2 million

Let date: Jan. 16, 2014

Projected completion: April 8, 2015

• District 10 SINC-UP Project, Routes 286/4422, Indiana Borough and White Township, signal and sign upgrades, Route 3035, Homer City, signal removal, $780,000

Let date: Jan. 16, 2014

Projected completion: Dec. 31, 2014

• Dayton East Paving resurfacing/overlay, Routes 1022/4021/4022, Armstrong and Indiana counties, $1.3 million

Let date: March 13, 2014

Projected completion: Aug. 1, 2014

• West Shelocta bridge truss preservation, Route 56, Armstrong Township, $721,000

Let date: March 27, 2014

Projected completion: Oct. 10, 2014

• Routes 403-286 to Route 119 and North Fifth Street, resurfacing/overlay, Routes 403/4007, Cherryhill, Green, Rayne and East Mahoning townships and Indiana Borough, $2.5 million to $5 million

Let date: April 10, 2014

• Market Street signal upgrade, Route 2002, Blairsville, $500,000 to $2.5 million

Let date: May 1, 2014

• Routes 56 and 954 to Buena Vista Bridge and Armagh, resurfacing and overlay, Center, Brush Valley and East Wheatfield  townships and Armagh, $2.5 million to $5 million

Let date: May 1, 2014

• Route 219 Cambria County to Clearfield County resurfacing and overlay, Near Cherry Tree Borough, $1 million to $2.5 million

Let date: June 19, 2014

• Yellow Creek State Park intersection, resurfacing/overlay, Route 422, Cherryhill and Pine townships, $1 million to $2.5 million

Let date: June 19, 2014

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