I-80/I-99 High Speed Interchange/Jacksonville Road Betterment

 

 

PennDOT Bids High Speed Interchange Phase of Centre County I-80 Project

 

Clearfield, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) named Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh as the apparent low bidder for its High-Speed Interchange project on Interstate 80. The bid amount for this second phase of a long-awaited improvement project providing a direct connection between Interstates 80 and 99 in Centre County came in at $259 million.

“This is an exciting day for PennDOT, Centre County, and all of the stakeholders involved with this project," said District 2 Executive Thomas Prestash. “This construction will greatly benefit our region by enhancing safety for motorists and making it more convenient to haul freight in and out of the area."

By providing a direct connection between I-80 and I-99 via high-speed ramps, this phase will eliminate the need to travel along Route 26 to access either highway. The direct connection will enhance safety by removing stop-controlled intersections and realigning service to local traffic. 

PennDOT anticipates issuing notice to proceed in July, with construction occurring over the next six construction seasons, ending in 2030. Approximately $170 million of the funding for this $259 million project is from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

PennDOT plans to open bids on a third phase involving the reconstruction and widening of Route 26 between the Bellefonte interchange and Shay Lane in two weeks. Construction of that phase will begin this year and continue into the 2026 construction season.

The first phase involved the construction of the local access interchange at mile marker 163, which provided direct access between Route 26 and I-80 for local traffic. Construction on that phase occurred over three construction seasons between 2020 and 2022. The contract value was $52 million. That phase benefited from a $35 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding American (INFRA) grant.

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Project Description

The local interchange project is the first phase of a 3-phase project to build local access, a high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80, and to make improvements on Jacksonville Road. An initial $35 million for the project was announced in July of 2018, coming through an INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America) grant. It was the only project in PA to be realized through INFRA funding. Completion of all three phases will support regional freight economy and improve the reliability of roadway travel throughout the region.

The overall project will allow for safer travel between I-99, I-80, Route 26, and other local roads. The projects will enhance safety, ease congestion during high traffic times, and help to move goods and services more conveniently. The completed project will connect two critical highway and freight interstates.

The three phases of the project include:

  • The I-80 Local Access Interchange (I-80/A18) will provide direct access between SR 26 and I-80 at a standard diamond interchange and will only be utilized by local traffic destined to SR 26. This project completed mid-December 2022. 
  • The Jacksonville Road Betterment (26/147) will reconstruct and widen SR 26 to maintain and support the State roadway network. It will feature 11-foot travel lanes and 4-foot shoulders. Cost estimate is $6.1 million. It is scheduled to bid in early November of 2023
  • The I-80 High Speed Interchange (I-80/B18) will provide a direct connection between I-99 and I-80 via high speed ramps, eliminating the need to travel along SR 26 to access either highway. The stop-controlled intersections will be eliminated with the project and realigned to service local traffic. Cost estimate is $190 million. It is scheduled to bid in early December of 2023.

The reliability of the I-99 and I-80 corridors will be increased due to the direct accesses that the project will provide. By directly connecting I-99 and I-80 and eliminating the stop controlled intersections at the ramp, passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, and other vehicles will be able to arrive to destinations more reliably and safely.