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Interstate 99 efforts move forward

While efforts to remediate the acid rock situation at Skytop remain a focal point for PennDOT, construction efforts for another portion of the road have moved forward.
Earlier this month, PennDOT announced the apparent low bidder for a nine-mile paving project on a section of I-99 from Bald Eagle to Port Matilda. Marla Fannin from PennDOT’s District Nine said the apparent low bidder for the project is New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co.
The project will extend from State Route 350 in to about one mile south of Port Matilda. According to information posted at i99.dickinfolink.com the project will consist of all roadway drainage and pavement required for this section of the new highway. The contractor for this section will install the roadway drainage systems, perform final grading and earthmoving, and complete landscaping and plantings.
New Enterprise Stone and Lime’s bid was $33.8 million. Fannin said it usually takes about two months from the announcement of the apparent low bid before work can proceed. In this case things were moving along quickly enough that work could begin within a four to eight-week period. She explained the project was expected to be finished in late 2007.
Fannin also talked about coordinating the Bald Eagle to Port Matilda project with the remediation efforts and Skytop and other remaining work there.
“We are taking a look at how we can sequence that project (Bald Eagle to Port Matilda) in relation to the remediation at Skytop,” said Fannin.
She said PennDOT was also looking at ways to do any construction that it still needs to do along Skytop and would be allowed to do during remediation.
“The challenge is going to be making all the components fit together, so that we have the road complete pretty much at the same time in order to open (both sections) by late 2007 or early 2008,” said Fannin.
In other PennDOT construction news a traffic alert in the area of the Bald Eagle Interchange with I-99 has been issued for this week according to information at the i99.dickinfolink.com.
The information said motorists are asked to use extreme caution while driving at the Bald Eagle Interchange with I-99, due to continued bridge and roadway construction. Northbound and southbound traffic will continue to use a temporary roadway in this area. Weather permitting, the contractor will continue to access the site along northbound U.S. 220 at a location about one mile south of Port Matilda and on State Route 350 near the intersection with I-99 at Bald Eagle. Trucks and other equipment will be entering and exiting the project site at these locations. Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area. Motorists are advised to watch for slow moving and turning trucks. Weather permitting, the contractor will be flagging traffic along U.S. 220 near the intersection with I-99 at Bald Eagle for concrete roadway patching. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution while driving in this area and can expect brief stoppages of up to 15 minutes between 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time.