I-80 Reconstruction Project Underway

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in cooperation with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is moving forward with the environmental studies and preliminary design for the Interstate 80 (I-80) Reconstruction Project (SR 0080 Section 17M) in eastern Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The I-80 Reconstruction Project includes 3.5 miles of full roadway reconstruction, widening, and interchange reconfiguration. The roadway in this region serves as a major carrier of local and regional commuter traffic; local, regional, and national freight; and local and regional tourism. The project corridor serves as a gateway to the Pocono resort areas as well as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. Originally constructed in the 1960s, the roadway has suffered significant deterioration in recent years, no longer meets multiple design criteria and carries significantly higher traffic volumes than originally designed to carry.

The project corridor passes through three municipalities within Monroe County: Stroud Township to the west, the Borough of Stroudsburg and the Borough of East Stroudsburg to the east. The project limits run from just west of the 303 interchange to east of exit 307 and the Brodhead Creek bridge in East Stroudsburg. The project area includes the 303, 304, 305, 306 and 307 interchanges.

To learn more, visit www.i80project.com

NEPA MPO Long Range Transportation Plan

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a four-county region in Pennsylvania, which includes Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties has initiated the development of a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  The LRTP will identify the major transportation projects, programs and policies needed for the next twenty-five years and will establish the vision and goals that will guide public decisions affecting transportation facilities, infrastructure and services in the region.

In fall 2012, the NEPA Alliance issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for consultants to assist in the development of the LRTP.  In December 2012, McCormick Taylor was selected as the consultant for the LRTP by the Transportation Advisory Committee.  Development of the LRTP is underway and is expected to be completed by March 2016.

To provide input on the development of the LRTP, visit the NEPA MPO MySidewalk page- https://nepalrtp.mysidewalk.com