Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Heavy/Highway Overview

“Each season our geographic work area grows to keep pace with the economy. In 2011, our jobs were situated everywhere from the Mason Dixon line up to Bethlehem, PA. We recently completed 14 miles of concrete interstate rehabilitation on SR 78 in Bethlehem, and replaced an existing three-span bridge with a precast box culvert on SR 7418 in Wilson. Crews worked day and night on these projects to maintain schedule, in addition to working away from home. In Chambersburg, we successfully completed our SR 81 Dual Bridge Replacement project and one mile of new highway. In York, crews worked the entire season at night to improve storm drainage, rehabilitate, and resurface 26 miles of I-83 from the Maryland state line to Canal Road. A major project for us was the US 30 design/build project from I-83 to North Hills Road. 2011 roadwork on this project consisted of asphalt milling and resurfacing from Sherman Street to I-83. Excellent compaction and smooth resurfacing put a nice finishing touch on this project. In Campbelltown, PA we constructed another roundabout for PennDOT and South Londonderry Township, directly adjacent to a local airport runway. Additionally, we had a busy season constructing ADA compliant curb ramps at various locations. In Hanover Borough we completed 54 ramps as well as another 34 ramps along Queen Street in York. Our crews have successfully constructed these ramps despite the challenges presented when trying to force a pre-designed ramp in between existing sidewalk, buildings, and the adjacent street, while still maintaining required geometry and slopes. In 2012 one of our larger projects will be the Schaefferstown Bypass, which began this fall with construction of two precast arch structures. Next season we will complete the majority of the new alignment and widening on SR 501 in the borough. In March we will begin constructing the Loganville Interchange along I-83. We have several design/build projects that have been in the design phase for the last year, awaiting rights-of-way to clear and utilities to relocate, including Cool Creek Road in Hellam and Springwood Road Box Culverts in Springettsbury. Resurfacing will begin in early summer on SR 851 Steltz Road from Sticks to New Freedom and an urban streetscape in Easton, PA will be constructed next year on Larry Holmes Drive.”

Fred Thompson, Heavy/Highway Division Manager