PennDOT Wraps Up $602 Million Construction Season in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Enhancing Travel and Safety


SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 6 team has concluded its 2023 construction season, investing approximately $602 million into 59 new contracts to improve state highways and bridges across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

The year-long initiative resulted in the repair, replacement, or preservation of 94 bridges and the improvement of 508 miles of roadway by PennDOT or industry forces, with 391 miles of paving completed across the five-county Philadelphia region. A total of 39 projects worth $289.9 million were completed by District 6 within the same period.

Statewide, PennDOT improved 6,531 roadway miles from January through November, surpassing the 2022 total of 6,414 miles. The department also put out for bid 587 state and locally-owned bridges to be repaired, replaced, or preserved, and completed 453 construction contracts for highway, bridge, and other improvement projects through private-sector partners.

Among the most significant projects that began this year was the I-95 Section CAP in Philadelphia, a $329 million endeavor to replace and expand the existing covered area over I-95 between Chestnut and Walnut streets. This project includes extending the South Street Pedestrian Bridge over Columbus Boulevard with a new “tied-arch” bridge.

In Bucks County, a $9.4 million countywide resurfacing project repaired and resurfaced 25 miles of state highway across various municipalities. Meanwhile, in Chester County, a $10.4 million project widened and improved a 1.3-mile section of U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) from the Kennett Oxford Bypass to Greenwood Road.

Noteworthy completed projects include the Route 372 Bridge Replacement in Chester County, a $3 million investment to replace the bridge carrying Route 372 over Officers Run.

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In addition to these efforts, District 6 dedicated significant resources to the permanent reconstruction of I-95 in northeast Philadelphia following a fire-induced roadway collapse on June 11.

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