PennDOT gets green light for more roadwork in Philadelphia region

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — PennDOT’s regional office has received the green light to embark on several major highway reconstruction projects in the Philadelphia area in the coming years.

If you’ve been out and about over the past couple of months, you’ve seen road crews wrapping up major corridors. PennDOT spokesperson Brad Rudolph said that’s going to continue, as crews advance to the next phases of work starting next year.

The biggest project of the bunch: I-95.

“In future years, we’re going to be continuing through Center City and into South Philadelphia,” Rudolph said. “We have Bucks County that we need to reconstruct at some point, and also Delaware County.”

Much more will follow: “A lot of sections of U.S. 1 and 202 in Montgomery County,” he said. “And, of course, U.S. 1 in Bucks County, where we’re reconstructing and widening the highway from down in Bensalem all the way up through Langhorne and beyond.”

Then, “reconstruction of the U.S. 30 corridor in Chester County. That’s a big project we’re going to be embarking on very soon.”

Rudolph noted the plan is not exclusively limited to highway work.

“Communities have changed and they want some more multimodal enhancements — so this is also transit, walking, and biking and rail,” he said.

Rudolph said state and federal governments are projecting an investment of about $500 million annually into the regional transportation network in the coming years.​