On Tuesday, October 29, PennDOT will begin a major rebuilding project on Interstate 84 between Exit 46 (Matamoras) and the New York line.
The initial work will include lane closures on I-84 East and West to allow the contractor to build crossovers from the westbound to the eastbound lanes . In the spring of 2014, once the crossovers are complete, traffic is expected to be moved to single lanes on the current eastbound lanes while the westbound lanes are completely removed and replaced. Before traffic is moved over, temporary paving will be done on I-84 West to help improve current conditions.
As part of this overall project, the contractor, James D. Morrisey, Philadelphia project will:
• Remove and replace Interstate 84 East and West between the New York line and Exit 46 (Milford)
• Rehabilitate four 3-span bridges
• Rehabilitate two 6-span bridges
• Construct a new beam bridge
• Rehabilitate five culverts
• Refabricate T-wall, retaining wall, sanitary sewer work, guiderail, drainage and pavement markings.
• The project is expected to cost $66.4 Million and is slated be completed by April 2016.
The primary need for this project is the ongoing failure of the existing pavement as a result of alkali silica reactivity (ASR). ASR causes the concrete pavement to deteriorate and lose its structural integrity through a reaction between the aggregate and the type of cement that was used in the early 1970's during construction. Because of this ASR, the concrete forms a gel that may absorb water, expand and crack the concrete. Once cracked, the concrete loses its strength and deteriorates.
To stay up-to-date on the project, motorists may sign up to receive weekly alerts by emailing James May at firstname.lastname@example.org. PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 5-1-1 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.