PENNDOT AWARDS $21.7 MILLION TRANSPORTATION STIMULUS PROJECT IN PHILADELPHIA REGION
Seven ARRA transportation contracts now awarded in SE PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced the award of a $21.7 million Intelligent Transportation System project in Philadelphia and Bucks counties that is financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
PennDOT awarded a $21,732,183 contract to Bruce-Merrilees Electric Company of New Castle, Pa. for the installation of closed circuit television cameras, dynamic message signs, incident detectors and travel time readers on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and Bucks counties and Interstate 676 in Philadelphia.
"This is one of three Intelligent Transportation System projects that will start construction this year in the Philadelphia region thanks to the availability of economic stimulus dollars," PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. "These projects will enable us to provide complete coverage of I-95 so we can identify incidents and provide motorists with critical travel information.
"Seven of our 22 transportation stimulus projects in the five-county Philadelphia region are now awarded and we're moving closer each day to starting construction on these critical projects," Toaso added.
This Intelligent Transportation System project covers 19 miles of I-95 between Broad Street and I-676 in Philadelphia, and between Academy Road and Route 1 in Philadelphia and Bucks counties. It also includes 2.1 miles of I-676 between I-76 and I-95 in Philadelphia.
On I-95, the plan calls for installing 17 new closed circuit television cameras, 10 dynamic message signs, 54 travel time readers and 40 incident detectors. It also includes upgrading 14 existing closed circuit television cameras and four existing message signs. On I-676, crews will install three dynamic message signs and vehicle detectors.
Within the five-county Philadelphia region, PennDOT will invest $257.7 million of federal economic recovery funds on 22 transportation projects, which include road and bridge improvements, Intelligent Transportation System installations, traffic signal upgrades, multi-use trail construction and curb ramp replacements.
To learn more about how the federal economic stimulus will benefit Pennsylvania, visit www.recovery.pa.gov.