Yorkers are about to start seeing results from the multi-billion-dollar state transportation plan approved last year, with several local projects expected to begin over the next few months.
The state Department of Transportation on Thursday released a list of projects starting this year because of funding provided through the plan.
Statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin, $600 million more than would have been available without the plan, according to PennDOT. More than 250 of about 900 projects statewide will start because of the plan, and seven projects estimated to cost more than a combined $10.2 million are located in York County.
Those projects are:
- Interstate 83 resurfacing from Sheep Bridge Road to Route 262 in Newberry and Fairview Townships: $3.9 million.
- Route 194 resurfacing from the Adams County line to Creek Road in Washington Township: $2.9 million.
- Route 216, Sticks Road bridge replacement over Centerville Creek in Codorus and Shrewsbury townships: $1 million.
- Richmond Road bridge replacement over Fishing Creek between Chanceford and Lower Windsor townships: $1 million.
- Harmony Grove Road bridge rehabilitation over Doe Run in Warrington Township: $650,000.
- Meadow View Road bridge replacement over the North Branch of Bermudian Creek in Franklin Township, $750,000.
- Bridge repair over the North Branch of Codorus Creek on New Salem Road in West Manchester Township, part of a 20-bridge package under an $8 million contract that includes mostly bridges in other counties.
PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said most of the projects, prioritized by need, are still in the bidding process.
The I-83 project is expected to start first, likely by mid-June, because bids will be opened April 24, he said.
Surrounding York: Other high-profile projects are expected to start in the region this year, which might be welcome news to Yorkers who commute outside the county.
The regional projects include resurfacing portions of the following routes: Interstate 283 in Dauphin County for $5.6 million, Front Street in Harrisburg for $2.3 million, Route 283 in Lancaster County for $8.5 million, and Route 222 in Lancaster County for $4.4 million.
Also starting this year are the Route 441 bypass around Columbia in Lancaster County for $14 million, and a $10-million safety improvement project at the Route 30 intersection with Route 41 at Gap in Lancaster County.
Fruit of labor: By its fifth year, the transportation plan is expected to generate an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion per year for statewide transportation projects.
While the bill didn't directly increase taxes for state residents, lawmakers have taken heat about the numerous motorist fee increases that will contribute to the plan's funding. A change in the state's gasoline taxes, approved under the transportation bill, is also expected to cause the price per gallon to increase by an estimated 25 cents over several years.
The bill passed with the support of all senators in York's delegation and all but two representatives: Reps. Mike Regan, R- Carroll Township and Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township.
Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, was among those who voted for the plan, and his district will benefit from a few of the projects announced Thursday.
Grove said some people might be disappointed to be sitting in traffic because of construction, but he hopes they notice and are pleased when they can see the tangible projects being funded as a result of some increased fees.
"I don't like paying more for anything either, but in reality, PennDOT has been tarring and chipping instead of using asphalt ... because the money wasn't there. Our roads and bridges are in deplorable shape. The reality is, something was going to happen. This can help us prevent something bad from happening."
— Reach Christina Kauffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.