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Wolf Administration Previews 2019 East Central Region Construction Season

Wolf Administration Previews 2019 East Central Region Construction Season

Approximately 366 Miles to be Paved, Work on 64 Bridges Planned

Allentown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has presented highlighted transportation investments for 2019 in the district’s six-county, east central region. More than 130 highway and bridge contracts are expected to be underway in the region this year.

“These roadway and bridge improvements are essential to keep the region attractive for businesses and providing efficient mobility for our customers” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These projects also aim to improve safety.”

The department plans on investing more than $281 million this year in the PennDOT Engineering District 5 region spanning Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. Work in the region this year will pave approximately 366 miles of roads and replace or rehabilitate 64 bridges.

In addition to construction projects, PennDOT’s regional county maintenance employees will resurface 32 miles of lower-traffic roads with Recycled Asphalt Pavement this year.

“We look forward to the new construction season,” District Executive Michael W. Rebert said. “We take pride in constructing and reconstructing a safe, efficient transportation network.”

Notable projects in Berks County that started or will continue this year include:

Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

The full list including other regional project outside of Berks County can be found HERE.

As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

Motorists can check 511PA before we they travel for the latest conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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