A PennDOT official announced on Thursday that Pennsylvania’s new transportation funding plan will enable the agency’s District 1 office, covering northwestern Pennsylvania, to begin 20 more road and bridge projects than would have been possible this year, bringing to 72 the total of state highway projects to be tackled in this corner of the Commonwealth this year.
District 1 executive director William Petit said the projects will include the rehabilitation of five bridges and the reopening of another, the addition of on-and-off ramps at the Route 318 interchange of Interstate 376 in Mercer County, and the paving of more than 137 miles of non-Interstate roads in the six-county area.
Petit’s remarks at a briefing in Erie County coincided with an announcement by Governor Tom Corbett that more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin this calendar year. Corbett claimed that the figure is about $600 million more than what would have been available without the transportation funding bill, Act 89, and he said that over 250 of the approximately 900 projects beginning this year are due to Act 89.
Venango County projects are to include the paving of Route 62 from Front Street to Riverside Drive in Oil City, Route 322 in the Wyattville area, Route 27 from Route 36 to the Crawford County line, Route 227 from Grandview Road in Cornplanter Township to Route 8 in Rouseville, Route 8 from Route 227 through Rouseville, Route 308 from Old Route 8 to the Butler County line and the painting of Interstate 80 bridges in the Emlenton area.