Route 26 (Jacksonville Road) - Local Interchange Project

 

PennDOT Celebrates Completion of the Interstate 80 Local Interchange Project near Bellefonte

 

Bellefonte, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the Interstate80/local interchange project in Centre County. The new interchange is now open to traffic, east of the Bellefonte exit.

 

“Reaching completion on this new interchange is both satisfying and exciting,” said Deputy Secretary for Transportation Planning, Larry Shifflet. “From the initial $35 million under the INFRA grant to today’s opening—it’s literally been a long road.”

 

Located east of Bellefonte, completion of the new interchange is part of a long-awaited safety improvement in Centre County. At a cost of $52 million, the local interchange project is the first phase of a three-phase project to build local access, a high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80 and improve Jacksonville Road (Route 26).

In July 2018, the project was awarded an initial $35 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. Completing all three phases will support the regional freight economy, improve the reliability of roadway travel throughout the region, and enhance safety for roadway users.

“Opening the new interchange is an important milestone,” said District 2 Executive Tom Zurat. “Access to I-80 becomes easier for local residents and leads us to the next two phases of this major safety improvement. We celebrate today with everyone who is invested in transportation safety.” 

Speakers and attendees at today’s event included Centre County Commissioners, area legislators, planning partners, contractors, and the general public. Attendees at today’s event helped cut two ribbons, one for the westbound on-ramp and one for the bridge spanning I-80 that leads to the eastbound on-ramp. Information on the local interchange, as well as a “look-ahead” to the next two projects can be found at www.penndot.pa.gov/jacksonvilleroad.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

Information about infrastructure in District 2, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D2Results. Follow local PennDOT news on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

 

  

 


 

Work this season included 3 miles of reconstruction on eastbound I-80, completion of new ramps and connector road, completion of bridge structure, and reconstruction and improvements on a section of Route 26.

The I-80/Route 26 local interchange project is east of Bellefonte and is part of a long-awaited safety-improvement in Centre County. HRI, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $52 million project. Up-to-date information can be found on the project page at www.penndot.pa.gov/jacksonvilleroad.

The local interchange project is the first phase of a three-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 2018, coming through a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. Completion of all three phases will support regional freight economy and improve the reliability of roadway travel throughout the region.

 

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.         

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2.

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