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.
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.
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 plans to bid the Contract 2 project in June of 2018, with construction starting in fall 2018 and extending through 2021.