PennDOT wants to hear from you about the Parkway East corridor.
An online survey is being offered for comments about what people like and dislike and suggestions for improvements, as one of the early steps in a comprehensive strategy to improve safety and traffic flow through the corridor. The survey and a project website are here.
A statement on the website says the project “is not just a study. PennDOT is committed to making real improvements in the corridor.”
The average price of a gallon of gas in Western Pennsylvania went up 9 cents last week, reaching $3.65, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That’s about 20 cents higher than the price in mid-December and 22 cents higher than the current national average. The national average price per gallon is 35 cents below the average at this time a year ago.
PennDOT’s plan to fast-track replacement of at least 500 smaller bridges through a public-private partnership has attracted plenty of interest. Five teams that include some of the heaviest hitters in the international construction world have submitted statements of qualification. The department will evaluate the statements and invite the highest scoring teams to submit detailed proposals this spring.
Here are the entrants:
Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Plenary Group, The Walsh Group, Granite Construction Co., HDR Engineering, HNTB Corporation and Infrastructure Corp. of America
Keystone Bridge Partners: InfraRed Capital Partners, Kiewit, Parsons, The Allan A. Myers family of companies, DBi and American Infrastructure
Commonwealth Bridge Partners: John Laing Investments, Fluor, American Bridge Co., Traylor Bros. Inc., Joseph B. Fay Co., STV Inc. and Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors
Keystone Bridge Builders: Macquarie, PCL, Conti Enterprises and Stantec Consulting Services
Pennsylvania Crossings: Meridiam, Lane Construction, AECOM, Trumbull, Wagman Cos. and Cofiroute.
The project to raise the roof of the J&L railroad tunnel at SouthSide Works has copped two awards: It was named the Project of the Year by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania and received the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.
The project increased the vertical clearance in the 130-year-old tunnel, which passes under the appropriately named Tunnel Park, to accommodate double-stack freight trains. It was completed last year and the park surface has been restored.
Right-lane closures are possible on the Liberty Bridge in both directions from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays through March 7.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between Butler Valley (Exit 39) and Allegheny Valley (Exit 48) from 11:59 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday for removal of beams from one of the old Route 910 bridges that cross the turnpike. Traffic will detour Routes 8, 28, 910 and Freeport Road. UPDATE: THE CLOSURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR ONE WEEK BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER THAT IS EXPECTED. THE NEW SCHEDULE CALLS FOR CLOSING IT AT 11:59 P.M. MARCH 8 TO 5 A.M. MARCH 9.
Test bore drillings on the bridge that carries Route 136-West Newton Road over Gillespie Run in Elizabeth Township will cause alternating one-way traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through next Wednesday.
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