I-83 Projects

I-83 East Shore Section 1

Preliminary engineering and environmental studies began in August 2006 on this section of I-83 between the junction with I-81 and Derry Street, which is just to the north of the Eisenhower Interchange. Preliminary engineering was completed and environmental clearance for this project was approved as a Categorical Exclusion Evaluation Level 2 on July 8, 2014. A community meeting was held on November 6, 2014 to present the proposed improvements and provide additional information on the right-of-way process and proposed sound barriers. View the project video presentation from the meeting. A community noise meeting was held October 14, 2015.

Project map showing I-83 from Peiffrers Lane to 81 Interchange

The purpose of this public meeting was to present the noise analysis results to the benefited residences within the project corridor and to receive input on mitigation measures. The community noise meeting was used as the appropriate forum for attendees to vote on whether they want a noise barrier and if so, consider design options, including the texture and color of the barrier. Establishing the desires of the community completed the last step in PennDOT’s noise mitigation reasonableness criteria. The noise brochure and presentation from the meeting can be viewed by clicking the links entitled as such in the left menu, as well as a map showing the voting results from the meeting.

The current project extends from the I-81 junction to south of the Union Deposit Interchange near Peiffers Lane and includes reconstruction and widening of I-83, with three lanes in each direction throughout the project limits plus a fourth continuous auxiliary lane in each direction between interchanges. The project also includes the complete reconstruction of the Jonestown Road Interchange (minor improvements to the interchange were completed in 2010 - refer to I-83 East Shore Section 1 Early Action Safety Project), reconstruction of US 22 between Colonial Road and South Franklin Street, and replacement of the US 22, Elmerton Avenue and Union Deposit Road bridges over I-83.

As the project has moved through Final Design, it has been split into two construction contracts (See figure below). The first early action contract includes replacing three overhead bridges (US 22, Union Deposit Road and Elmerton Avenue), along with the improvements at the Jonestown Road interchange and the improvements to US 22. The second contract will include the widening of the I-83 roadway and construction of four new mainline structures over local roads along with retaining wall and sound barrier construction.

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

The construction of the project will be phased into two contracts as indicated on the figure above. The first contract will include replacing three overhead bridges along with improvements on Route 22 and the Jonestown Road Interchange.

Construction begins on East Shore Section 1

On April 7, 2016, PennDOT opened bids on the first construction contract of East Shore Section 1. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. of New Enterprise, PA, the low bidder on the project, began construction on June 15, 2016. The overhead bridge replacements in Contract 1 are necessary to accommodate the widening of I-83 as indicated in the typical section below. Other Contract 1 improvements including the reconfiguration of the Jonestown Road interchange and reconstruction of US 22 between N. Franklin Street and Colonial Road, will continue into early 2019. PennDOT expects to bid the second construction contract in 2018.

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 auxilary lane between interchanges, and a widened 26-ft median.