Hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation funding are set to flood the greater Philadelphia area, after Thursday’s passage of a $2.3 billion transportation funding bill in Harrisburg.
After a $43 million renovation project that shutdown half of the Platt Bridge for almost two years, commuters can now breathe a sigh of relief as the whole bridge is now open and ready for use.
Once again, transportation funding is teed up for a vote in what’s billed as a make-or-break week in the Pennsylvania House.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Blaum says the salt depots are stocked with tons of salt across the five-county Philadelphia region, and plow blades are sharpened and ready to go.
PennDOT will host an open house public meeting on Thursday, October 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to present plans to improve I-95 from Wheatsheaf Lane to Levick Street and to extend Adams Avenue in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia will celebrate the re-lighting of four bridges along the Schuylkill River Thursday night.
A Penndot spokeswoman says the idea isn’t new — just the method.
PennDOT has announced that daytime lane restrictions are scheduled on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia for a series of bridge inspections.
Pennsylvania is among the nation’s leaders in bridges that both lack backup protection against collapse in case a single, vital component fails and are designated by highway officials as being in need of repair.
The bridge will be closed and detoured from 8 p.m. Friday, September, 13th to 3 a.m. Sunday, September 15th for construction on the 93-span structure.
One new sign has been posted along the Baltimore Avenue Bridge over Darby Creek, in Clifton Heights.
Penndot secretary Barry Schoch emphasizes this move does not mean the bridges are unsafe.
Crews will work through November to stabilize the rocky hillside adjacent to the expressway just east of the Route 23 interchange in Lower Merion.
PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have teamed up to get commuting information from drivers.
Between now and the end of the week, police will crack down on aggressive behaviors along Route 30 (Lancaster Ave.) in Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties.