I-83 Projects

I-83 East Shore Section 1

The East Shore Section 1 project extends from the I-81 junction to south of the Union Deposit Interchange near Peiffers Lane. The project includes reconstruction and widening of I-83, with three lanes in each direction throughout the project limits, plus a fourth continuous auxiliary lane (extra lane in between on and off ramps) in each direction between interchanges. The project also includes reconstruction of the Route 22 (Jonestown Road) Interchange, widening and resurfacing of Route 22 (Jonestown Road) between South Franklin Street and Colonial Road, and replacement of the Route 22 (Jonestown Road), Elmerton Avenue, and Union Deposit Road bridges over I-83.

Map that shows the project area divided into Contract 1 and 2

East Shore Section 1 was split into two construction contracts (See figure above).

In April 2016, PennDOT opened bids on Contract 1 of East Shore Section 1 and construction began in June 2016. Contract 1 includes replacing three overhead bridges (Route 22 (Jonestown Road) – in progress; Union Deposit Road and Elmerton Avenue - completed), along with curb and sidewalk improvements on Route 22 (Jonestown Road) and modifications to the Route 22 (Jonestown Road) Interchange. Contract 1 also included the removal of houses along the I-83 corridor to allow for the widening of the roadway that will occur under Contract 2. All Contract 1 work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Overhead bridge above a highway

The Elmerton Avenue Bridge has been replaced.

A six-lane highway

The Union Deposit Road bridge has been replaced with a wider bridge and new sidewalks.

Contract 2 will include the widening of the I-83 roadway and construction of four new mainline bridges over local roads, retaining walls, and sound barriers. Union Deposit Road will be resurfaced and new sidewalks will be installed. PennDOT opened bids for the Contract 2 project on June 21, 2018. Construction is slated to start this year and extend through 2021.

The Typical traffic pattern shows three travel lanes and an auxiliary lane in both directions.

Upon completion, I-83 will consist of three lanes for through traffic in each direction, with a fourth continuous auxiliary lane between interchanges, and a widened 26-ft median.