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Interstate 83 Master Plan

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Interstate 83 Master Plan

Corridor through the Capital

http://www.i-83beltway.com

Slide 2

Context and Setting

This slide shows a map of the Interstate 83 corridor in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Slide 3

Context and Setting

  • I-83 constructed in the 1950/ 60's
  • I-83 runs from Baltimore, Maryland to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lies in a relatively large urban area
  • Access to and around the Capital Region

Slide 4

Context and Setting

  • Roadway characteristics
    • 1960's design standards
    • High percent truck
    • High ADT
    • Mix of through and local traffic

Slide 5

Context and Setting

  • The Players:
    • Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS)
    • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
    • Municipalities
    • Public
    • Consultants

Slide 6

Context and Setting

  • Corridor/ Regional Characteristics
    • Rolling terrain
    • Urban setting (commercial/ residential)
    • Serves as part of the Capital Beltway
    • Lies in 2 counties

Slide 7

The Study

  • Evaluate existing & future traffic congestion
  • Evaluate safety characteristics
  • Inventory environmental resources
  • Develop preliminary design concepts
  • Establish a planning tool for future activities

Slide 8

The Study

  • Existing Deficiencies at 13 Interchanges
    • Accel/decel lane lengths — short weaves
    • Shoulders/medians — minimal or nonexistent
    • Interstate reduced to single lane @ major interchanges
    • Pavement & bridges — deteriorated
    • Ramps — radii

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This slide shows a birds-eye view of one of the intersections along the corridor.

Slide 10

This slide shows another birds-eye view of one of the intersections along the corridor.

Slide 11

The Study

  • Safety
    • High Crash Rates
    • Multiple Fatalities
  • Congestion
    • Operational Deficiencies
    • Regional and Economic Growth

Slide 12

The Study

  • Environmental Resources
    • Susquehanna River
    • Parks
    • Paxton and Spring Creeks
    • Floodplains
    • Residential properties
    • Commercial properties
    • Waste
    • Air Quality
    • Historic and Archaeological Resources
    • 'Active' Cemeteries

Slide 13

This slide shows another birds-eye view of one of the intersections along the corridor.

Slide 14

The Study

  • Characteristics Considered
    • Active Railroad
    • Maintenance & Protection of Traffic
    • Likely Construction Costs
    • System Continuity
    • Right-of-Way
    • ITS & Signing

Slide 15

The Study

  • Transportation Needs
    • Safety
    • Congestion
    • Design deficiencies
    • Age

Slide 16

The Study

  • Preliminary Concepts Developed
    • Anticipated an Environmental Impact Study (EIS)
    • Closer look at Corridor Needs
    • New focus on Fiscal Constraint
    • Identified Logical Termini & Independent Utility
    • Established 4 Sections
    • Evaluated Section Needs with known Environmental Resources

Slide 17

The Study

  • Conclusions
    • Recommendations for Each Section
    • Flexible Vision of Corridor Improvements Structured Around Needs
    • Document = Framework

Slide 18

Life Happens

  • Life Happens...
    • Economic Downturn
    • Structurally Deficient Bridges
    • PA realization that the cost of programmed projects far exceeded the available funding
  • So...What to do?

Slide 19

The Present

  • Status of Projects
    • Early Action Projects
      • Closure of Brandt Ave. Ramp — Safety Action (completed)
      • ARRA project (83/22 Interchange) — under contract 10/09
      • West Shore design (conceptual & not funded)
    • East Shore Section 1
      • Preliminary Design completed
      • CE Pending Approval
      • Funding — Not Fully Programmed
      • 5 construction sections developed some to proceed independently as 'early action items'

Slide 20

This slide shows a birds-eye visualization of improvements to the corridor.

Slide 21

This slide shows a birds-eye view of improvements to the corridor.

Slide 22

This slide shows another birds-eye view of one of the intersections along the corridor.

Slide 23

The Future

  • Funding, Funding, Funding
  • A vision for the future? OR
  • Another shiny report on the shelf
  • Ongoing Evolution

Slide 24

Thank You

  • John Bachman — PennDOT
    • Senior Project Manager
  • Mike Keiser, P.E.PennDOT
    • District Highway Design Engineer
  • Joe Hollinger — McCormick Taylor, Inc
    • And Staff
  • John Bork — FHWA
    • PA Division Office
  • Deborah Suciu Smith — FHWA
    • PA Division Office & Resource Center

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