Route 283 project

Mike Keiser, district executive for PennDOT Engineering District 8, which covers southcentral Pennsylvania, discusses the Route 283 project with Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards before a press conference Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Middletown.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday kicked off an $89 million reconstruction project on a 6-mile section of Route 283 in the area of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The Dauphin County project is the largest in a $533 million package of roadwork scheduled this year in the southcentral region of the state, which covers Lancaster, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

The state Department of Transportation has earmarked funds to repair and resurface 547 miles of highways and repairing or replacing 154 bridges during this construction season, the governor announced Thursday during a press conference at turnpike headquarters in Middletown.

The Route 283 project in Dauphin County includes the total reconstruction of the highway between Eisenhower Boulevard in Lower Swatara Township and Route 341 in Londonderry Township, according to PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

The project also includes the rehabilitation of eight mainline bridges on Route 283 and three overhead bridges spanning the highway.

The emphasis this year will be preparation work on Route 283 and the rehabilitation of bridges that carry Newberry Road, Union Street and Vine Street bridges over the highway.

Hempt Bros. of Camp Hill was hired for the $89,464,909 reconstruction project.

New traffic patterns

Night work is scheduled to begin in June with milling and paving the shoulders along Route 283 in preparation for next year. Also in June, the contractor will begin paving crossovers in the median, also in preparation for next year.

Rehabilitation work on the Newberry Road bridge over Route 283 is scheduled to start in mid-June and rehabilitation of the Union Street and Vine Street bridge should begin in early July, PennDOT announced.

In 2019, a new traffic pattern will be established in the interchange between Route 283 and Interstate 283 at the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A new traffic signal will be installed at the west end of the bridge that carries Route 283 over the I-283 connection with the turnpike, and a new ramp will be built to the turnpike entrance, according to Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton.

An average of nearly 56,000 vehicles use this portion of Route 283 daily, PennDOT said.

After the new signal and ramp are completed, the existing loop ramp in the interchange from westbound Route 283 to southbound I-283 will be removed.

PennDOT officials said this will improve safety by eliminating the crisscrossing of traffic between motorists on southbound I-283 headed to eastbound Route 283 toward Lancaster and those motorists entering southbound I-283 toward the turnpike from the ramp from westbound Route 283.

The overall project will finish in late 2020.

Rebuilding the Capital Beltway

The project, according to PennLive, is part of a decade-long, $1 billion plan to rebuild much of the eastern Capital Beltway.

The plan outlines a series of projects to rebuild and widen much of Interstate 83 in the Harrisburg area.

Other PennDOT major projects that are underway include a $34.2 million project to replace three bridges over Interstate 83, a $13.6 million widening of I-81 with ramp extensions between I-83 and Mountain Road in Dauphin County, a $19.5 million widening of I-81 with ramp extensions between Route 114 and Route 581 in Cumberland County, and a $58.3 million realignment and reconstruction of I-83 at the Mount Rose Avenue interchange in York County.

The public can view maps detailing the year’s current plans in each of the region’s eight counties at www.penndot.gov under “Regional Offices” on the district’s construction projects page.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, visit projects.penndot.gov.