PennDOT District 5, out of Allentown, has started construction on improvements on I-176 between US 422 and Pa 724. The work is to include full depth reconstruction of the existing travel lanes, adding a collector/distributor lane for ramp traffic between the US 422 and PA 724 interchanges, and 3 new bridges among other things. Crews have started staging equipment and doing other preparatory work for the start of construction in earnest. The work is set to start on August 24th.
Work will also start the same day to replace the Route 309 bridge over Kershners Creek in Schuylkill County. The bridge was determined to be structurally unsound and in need of repair. J.D. Eckman, Inc., is the general contractor for the project, which is being done at a cost of $1.9 million. The work includes replacement of the existing concrete T-beam bridge with a newer version of the same design. Work is expected to last through September 2013.