Mid-Atlantic Infrastructure Report SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Mid-Atlantic Infrastructure Starts and Stops By Eda Galeno If President Trump follows through on proposed infrastructure spending of $1 trillion, we could be seeing many more projects on our highways, bridges, tunnels, railways and airports—in addition to those already underway in the Mid-Atlantic. and the addition of intelligent transportation systems, such as dynamic message signs, highway advisory radio, and closed-circuit cameras and monitoring to provide real-time information and interchange improvements. On the Roads in Pennsylvania Increased revenue has spurred new transportation projects in Pennsylvania. “In 2013, our state legislature passed Act 89, a transportation funding plan that increased spending on roads and bridges in Pennsylvania by $2.3 billion per year by 2017–18,” says Rich Barcaskey, executive director of Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania. “The additional revenue was generated by eliminating the flat tax on gasoline and gradually phasing out an artificial cap on the state’s Oil Company Franchise Tax. So construction is doing well on the highway side.” At a cost of $100 million, Barcaskey cites the refurbishment of Interstate 70, which runs through the southern part of Pennsylvania, as one of the state’s most notable construction projects right now. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT) plans for I-70 include roadway improvements, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, Bridging the Gaps Another notable project in Pennsylvania is the $670-million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project (CSVT). A $156-million river bridge is the first of several construction improvements to relieve traffic and ease travel. When completed, the CSVT project will provide a 13-mile, limited-access highway connecting PA 147 in Northumberland County to U.S. 11/15 in Snyder County. The river bridge will be more than 4,500 ft long with a peak elevation of 180 ft. “This project will result in significant improvements when it comes to traffic and overall travel along this congested corridor,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a press release. “It also shows how Act 89, the state’s comprehensive transportation funding bill, is leveraging new revenue in an efficient and effective way.” Maryland’s Purple Line Sees Red Pennsylvania’s southern neighbor is waiting for a decision on the construction of the Purple Line, a proposed 16.2-mile light rail line that will run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, with an estimated construction cost of $2.4 billion. It will connect with four branches of the Metrorail system in addition to three MARC commuter rail lines and Amtrak, with a daily ridership expected to reach 74,000 served with 21 stations. Twenty-one stations are planned for the Purple Line light rail. In late November, a U.S. district judge halted movement on the construction of Maryland’s Purple Line pending a ridership impact study. “It’s a very large project, and it is very politically contentious,” says Champe McCullah, president and CEO of AGC Maryland. Regardless, contentions may not hold back the project. “Currently, the information requested by the judge from the FTA and MTA has been submitted and is in his hands,” says Ralph Bennett, president, Purple Line NOW. “We are waiting for him to decide what to do, and we hope that he will authorize the release of the record of decision by the end of winter.” Still, that hasn’t halted preconstruction activities by the Purple Line Transit Partnership, the public-private partnership building and operating the line. “Preconstruction soil borings and organization of detailed design decisions along the line are currently being worked on,” Bennett says. ◆ enr.com/mid-atlantic/resources/SpecialAd PHOTO: COURTESY OF MARYLAND TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION I1 | February 20/27, 2017 PHOTO: COURTESY OF PENNDOT DISTRICT 3 Completion of the entire CSVT—a new, 13-mile, four-lane, limited-access highway connecting Route 147 south of Interstate 80 to the north end of the Selinsgrove Bypass in Snyder County—is anticipated by 2024.