August 12, 2015
New Stanton Interstate 70 Interchange Project to Start
New Stanton / Hempfield, Westmoreland County
Uniontown, PA – PennDOT District 12 would like to advise motorists that the Interstate 70 New Stanton Interchange project is gearing up to start within the next couple of weeks. This project includes the closure of the two existing and closely spaced New Stanton and Hunker interchanges and the construction of one new interchange located approximately 1,600 feet west of the existing New Stanton interchange.
The new interchange will be a diamond interchange with roundabouts at the ramp intersections. The project includes widening and reconstruction of Interstate 70 for approximately 1.8 miles. The Interstate will be widened to provide a third lane in each direction (i.e. auxiliary lane) for 2,900 feet between the existing Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange and the new Interstate 70 interchange. To provide a connection to the new interchange, Bair Boulevard will be extended to Pennsylvania Avenue. Existing routes including Bair Boulevard, Center Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue will be reconstructed with the project. Also included is the construction of South Rachel Drive, which will be a new connector road between Byers Avenue and Bair Boulevard.
The project also involves structure related work as follows: Replacement of existing Route 3093 (Center Avenue) spanning I-70, New Structure on I-70 spanning Bair Boulevard (at new interchange), construction of new retaining wall along Bair Boulevard adjacent to Fairfield Inn and rehabilitation of existing Route 3093 structure spanning Sewickley Creek (Route 3093). The two existing structures, I-70 structure at Hunker Interchange and Pedestrian structure will be demolished and removed with the project. Additionally, the project will include a reinforced slope system, traffic signals, new interchange signing including overhead sign structures, pavement markings, guide rail, drainage, highway lighting, ITS relocation work, utility relocation, park and ride lot construction, storm water mitigation, stream relocation, and other miscellaneous construction.
During construction, the contractor will maintain two lanes of traffic on I-70 and Route 3091 (N. Center Ave) at all times. Single lane restrictions are only permitted at night between 8pm-6am.
The contractor is currently performing survey and layout work throughout the project limits and will begin asphalt paving on side streets (Byers and Pennsylvania Avenue) on Thursday 8/20/15 during the night. Asphalt paving on I-70 WB/EB on will begin on Monday 8/24/15 and last for approximately 2 weeks. All of this paving will be done as night work - stoppages and delays will occur during these construction operations.
The contract on this $58.5 million project has been awarded to Joseph B. Fay Company of Russellton, PA. This large complex project will be completed by November 2018.
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Media contact: Valerie Petersen, 724-439-7375
Source: PennDOT District 12-0