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Area projects on PennDOT wish list

January 20, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently put out a "candidate" list of $1.5 billion in highway and bridge projects that could be funded through a federal economic stimulus package, including two in Franklin County and four in Fulton County.

"Our approach on highway and bridge candidate projects was based on two considerations," Transportation Secretary Allen D. Beihler said in a press release. "First, the project had to be in a position to move quickly. The thrust of the stimulus plan is to boost the economy as soon as possible. Second, we must use these anticipated additional resources to cut into the backlog of bridge, pavement and other infrastructure preservation needs we face."

The list includes two projects on U.S. 30 in Franklin County: Concrete patching, joint repair and resurfacing on 6.1 miles of the highway for $3.6 million; and another 5.7 miles of three-lane resurfacing for $5.85 million.

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In Chambersburg, Pa., the borough has been doing underground utility work along U.S. 30 in anticipation of a resurfacing project in the spring.

The projects in Fulton County include an overlay of Interstate 70 from the Bedford County line to the Amaranth Interchange for $20.9 million, including $3.5 million for bridge repairs. PennDOT also plans to overlay I-70 from the Amaranth interchange to the Maryland state line for $9.9 million, which includes $1.5 million in bridge work.

Also on the wish list: $804,000 for new decks on three other bridges and $480,000 for work on a truck pulloff on Pa. 1004.

All of the projects on the list are designed either to enhance safety, reduce traffic bottlenecks or for Intelligent Transportation Systems, such as message boards used to alert motorists of changing road conditions, according to PennDOT.

An economic stimulus package now being structured by Congress and the incoming Obama administration is expected to target funding for already planned transportation projects, according to PennDOT.

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