Frequently Asked Questions
- How will I know if my home or business is in the way of any of the planned improvements?
The project is currently in preliminary design, which determines the preferred improvement alternative. PennDOT undertakes studies on several improvement options to identify the solution that will result in the least possible inconvenience or impact to the public and the private landowner, comply with environmental regulations, and meet the project needs. These studies will include public meetings, special purpose meetings, stakeholder interviews, and a project website to gather input from the public. Property owners will be able to review project mapping and discuss potential impacts with project team members and right-of-way staff. When the process advances to buying property, PennDOT will send a letter informing you that your property will be affected by a highway project. Right-of-Way staff representing PennDOT will also personally visit you.
- When will I have to move if my home or business will be acquired?
At this time, it is too early to know when homes or businesses will need to move. Due to the size of this project and the desire to keep traffic flowing through the area as smoothly as possible during construction, this project will be broken out into several different construction sections. Those properties impacted will be coordinated in the order that the construction sections will take place. Actual mainline construction could start as soon as 2022. PennDOT has developed a publication entitled Some Questions and Answers on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Acquisition Process which provides information on the right-of-way process.
- Will any public meetings be held for this project?
Yes, the first public meeting is anticipated in late 2018. Meeting details will be provided on the project website, local newspaper and television news media, and electronic notifications will be sent to stakeholders who have registered to receive them on the project website. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please visit our Contact Us page or contact, John Bachman, PennDOT’s Project Manager at 717-783-4519.
- How can I comment on the project’s impact to cultural resources?
As part of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106), FHWA and PennDOT work with “consulting parties.” Consultation means “the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of others, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them on how historic properties should be identified, considered, and managed.” Consultation is built upon the exchange of ideas, not simply providing information. Consulting parties include: the State Historic Preservation Officer (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and local governments, as well as other individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the project. For more information about the Section 106 process and/or consulting parties, visit: https://www.paprojectpath.org/section-106.
To become a Consulting Party for the I-83 East Shore Section 2 Project (Eisenhower Interchange), please go to the following link and then click on the button “Become a Consulting Party” https://search.paprojectpath.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectID=47382
To become a Consulting Party for the I-83 East Shore Section 3 Project, please go to the following link and then click on the button “Become a Consulting Party” https://search.paprojectpath.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectID=48037
- What improvements are being made to I-83?
PennDOT is currently studying improvements to two sections of I-83 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
The first section is the Eisenhower Interchange, also known as the I-83 East Shore Section 2 Project (I-83 ESS2). The Eisenhower Interchange Reconstruction Project (SR 0083-078) project limits extend through Lower Paxton Township, Paxtang Borough, and Swatara Township. The project begins just south of the Union Deposit Interchange and extends westward to 29th Street. Improvements include widening the mainline I-83 corridor to three mainline lanes in each direction with directional connections to I-283 and US 322. In addition to the regional connections, the interchange will include local access connections to Derry Street and a new interchange that will connect I-83 to Paxton Street in the area of the Harrisburg Mall.
The second section is known as I-83 East Shore Section 3 Project (I-83 ESS3) (SR 0083-079). This section begins where Section 2 ends at 29th Street and continues west to the Susquehanna River. Improvements include widening the mainline I-83 corridor to three mainline lanes in each direction with upgraded interchanges at 17th/19th Streets, 13th/Cameron Streets, and 2nd/Front Streets.
- How will traffic be impacted during construction?
It is too early to determine how traffic will be impacted and managed during construction. PennDOT understands this corridor is vital to the economy of the Harrisburg region and an important commuter route. As such, we will make every effort to minimize potential traffic impacts and delays. Construction phasing information will be provided on the project website and presented to the public when available.
- Will there be noise walls constructed along I-83?
During preliminary design, noise studies are conducted to determine if noise levels would exceed the noise criteria and if noise abatement measures are warranted for each noise study area (NSA). The noise criteria is summarized below:
- Lands on which serenity and quiet are of extraordinary significance and serve an important public need and where the preservation of those qualities is essential if the area is to continue to serve its intended purpose should not exceed 57 decibels outside the facility
- Residential, active sport areas, amphitheaters, auditoriums, campgrounds, cemeteries, day care centers, hospitals, libraries, medical facilities, parks, picnic areas, places of worship, playgrounds, public meeting rooms, public or nonprofit institutional structures, radio studios, recording studios, recreation areas, Section 4(f) sites, schools, television studios, trails, and trail crossings should not exceed 67 decibels outside the facility
- Auditoriums, day care centers, hospitals, libraries, medical facilities, places of worship, public meeting rooms, public or nonprofit institutional structures, radio studios, recording studios, schools, and television studios should not exceed 52 decibels inside the facility
- Hotels, motels, offices, restaurant/bars, and other developed lands, properties or activities not included above should not exceed 72 decibels outside the facility
Where warranted, noise mitigation, often in the form of noise barriers, is evaluated to determine if each barrier meets pre-determined feasibility and reasonableness criteria. Once the project is in final design, all residents living in areas where noise walls are determined to be warranted, feasible, and reasonable will be given the chance to vote on the use of noise mitigation and preferred design options for the residential side of the noise barrier. Please click on the following website for more information: http://www.penndot.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/RoadDesignEnvironment/Environment/environmental-policy/Pages/Noise.aspx