2020 ANNUAL LIST OF OBLIGATED

PROJECTS + ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Introduction

The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lehigh and Northampton counties. MPOs are federally mandated transportation planning organizations responsible for transportation policy-making. Their operations are federally funded. MPOs collect data, analyze trends, assess needs, and determine priorities to identify current and future transportation projects. MPOs are responsible for completing a variety of transportation planning activities, plans and programs. Some such examples include:

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

The high-priority list of highway, bridge, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian projects to be implemented with federal funds over next four years.

LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Represents the long-term vision of the region's infrastructure, covering a period of at least 20 years.

The completion and adoption of these documents, among others, ensures that the Lehigh Valley remains eligible to receive federal financial assistance to fund infrastructure improvements.

2020 Obligated Projects

This listing shows all money obligated for highway, bridge, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects within Lehigh and Northampton counties. The use of federal transportation funding is authorized by the current multi-year transportation bill approved by Congress, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). It allows the US Secretary of Transportation to authorize funding to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) across the US, through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Federal funding is then allocated to states based primarily on population data from the US Census Bureau. State allocations are then distributed to individual MPOs and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) based on formulas developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and representatives of MPOs and RPOs. These formulas take into account population, vehicle miles traveled, truck vehicle miles traveled, roadway surface conditions, lane miles, structurally deficient bridges, all bridges and the region’s air quality classification.

Distribution of federal and state transportation funds are limited to specific funding categories. Each category has access to different restricted pots, or buckets, of money. Those buckets of money include:

The following table indicates where federal money was spent on the transportation projects in 2020. It also includes future financial programming that reflect changes to anticipated project funding.

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2020 Deobligated Projects

The following table indicates where federal money was programmed greater than actual project costs in 2020. It also indicates that future financial programming is not necessary. The federal money allocated to these projects is then applied to other projects in need of investment.

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2020 Accomplishments

70
Obligated Projects

$87 Million

Invested

28
Deobligated Projects

$4.3 Million

Saved

In total, more than $87 million was invested – or obligated – in 2020 to advance 70 projects across the region. Most of the money, nearly $50 million, was spent on construction with the rest being spent in the pre-construction phases. In addition, roughly $4.3 million was saved – or deobligated – on projects that were reduced or came in under budget. That savings is eligible to be committed to other projects listed in the Lehigh Valley’s $2.5 billion Long-Range Transportation Plan. Detailed below are several key projects that were completed in the Lehigh Valley in 2020.

Coplay-Northampton Bridge

Project: Chestnut Street over Norfolk Southern Railroad, Lehigh River and Ironton Trail.

Where: Coplay Borough, Whitehall Township in Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Status: Completed Winter 2020

Cost: $39,081,000

Owner: Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Center Street Resurface

Project: Highway restoration of Center Street from the Fahy Bridge to just before the Monocacy Creek bridge.

Where: City of Bethlehem, Northampton County

Status: Completed Winter 2018

Cost: $42,835

Owner: City of Bethlehem

15th Street Corridor

Project: Installation of new signal equipment including large heads, back plates, LED lights, a five-section head for advanced long-term phasing and coordinating signals at 15th Street from Hamilton Street to Tilghman Street. This project improves pedestrian intersection safety with improved signage and crosswalks, pedestrian phasing and countdown signal heads.

Where: City of Allentown, Lehigh County

Status: Completed Summer 2020

Cost: $538,900

Owner: City of Allentown

13th Street Interchange Improvements

Project: Safety and Pavement marking updates, pavement rehabilitation to State Routes 2017, 2019 & 8010 (all ramps), minor bridge repairs, and guiderail updates. Under the current scope of work, the State Route 22-13th Street Interchange will be given a safety update to alleviate the queuing on the exit ramp from State Route 22 onto State Route 2017.

Where: City of Easton and Palmer Township, Northampton County

Status: Completed Spring 2020

Cost: $350,000

Owner: PennDOT

Lehigh Valley Transportation Study High Friction Sites (2019)

Project: Application of high friction surface treatment to various identified locations within Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the goal of reducing crashes in those areas.

Where: Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Status: Completed Fall 2019

Cost: $719,531

Owner: Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Interstate 78 Passing Lane

Project: I-78 Passing Lane From Berks County Line to State Route 100. Concrete patching and bituminous patching.

Where: Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Status: Completed Summer 2020

Cost: $1,864,443

Owner: PennDOT

Blue Church Road Bridge

Project: Replacement/Rehabilitation of the structure that carries State Route 2024 over Saucon Creek.

Where: Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County

Status: Completed Fall 2020

Cost: $826,000

Owner: PennDOT

Interstate 78 and Route 309 Diamond Groove

Project: Diamond groove roadway to improve skid resistance and improve safety.

Where: Lehigh County

Status: Completed Summer 2020

Cost: $2,057,000

Owner: PennDOT

Route 248 Bridge (I) over Hokendauqua Creek

Project: Bridge rehabilitation, State Route 248 over Hokendauqua Creek.

Where: Moore Township, Northampton County

Status: Completed Summer 2020

Cost: $3,158,000

Owner: PennDOT

Route 248 Bridge (II) over Tributary to Hokendauqua Creek

Project: Bridge rehabilitation, State Route 248 over tributary to Hokendauqua Creek.

Where: Moore Township, Northampton County

Status: Completed Summer 2020

Cost: $3,846,000

Owner: PennDOT

Route 248 Bridge over East Branch of Monocacy Creek

Project: Bridge rehabilitation, State Route 248 over the East Branch of Monocacy Creek.

Where: Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County

Status: Completed Summer 2020

Cost: $3,764,000

Owner: PennDOT

Projects Currently Under Construction

Project Title

Project Description

Where

Owner

Total

Coopersburg Streetscape

Transportation Enhancement, East Station Avenue from South Main Street east across State Route 309 to Saucon Rail Trail Intersection

Borough of Coopersburg (Lehigh County)

Borough of Coopersburg

$1,227,000

State Route 22 Bethman Road to Farmersville Road, including the ramps at State Route 33 Interchange

Restoration Bethman Road to Farmersville Road, including the ramps at the State Route 33 Interchange

Bethlehem Township (Northampton County)

PennDOT

$14,665,000

Tilghman St. over Lehigh River and Corman Railroad

Bridge Rehabilitation or Replacement, State Route 1002, Tilghman St. over Lehigh River/Corman Railroad

City of Allentown (Lehigh County)

PennDOT

$31,671,000

State Route 29 over Reading Railroad

Bridge Replacement, State Route 29 over Reading Railroad

Upper Milford Township (Lehigh County)

PennDOT

$14,555,000

Delabole Road Bridge

Bridge Preservation Activities, Bridge over Greenwalk Creek

Washington Township (Northampton County)

PennDOT

$503,000

State Route 100 Reconstruction

Roadway Reconstruction, State Route 100 from Industrial Blvd. to Tilghman Street

Upper Macungie Township (Lehigh County)

PennDOT

$24,884,000

Freeway Service Patrol

Traffic System Management, Interstate 78/State Route 22

Interstate 78/State Route  22, Upper Macungie, Lower Macungie, South Whitehall, Whitehall, Hanover and Bethlehem Townships, and the City of Bethlehem (Northampton and Lehigh Counties)

PennDOT

$6,502,000

LVTS Bridge Preserve and Repair

Bridge Preservation for Lehigh Valley Area

Lehigh and Northampton Counties

PennDOT

$7,800,000

LVTS Bridge Preservation

Bridge Preservation for Lehigh Valley Area

Lehigh and Northampton Counties

PennDOT

$5,570,000

Gordon Street Bridge

Gordon Street Replacement

over Jordan Creek

City of Allentown

(Lehigh County)

City of Allentown

$4,000,000

State Route 222 & Schantz Road & State Route 863 Improvements

Intersections improvements and roundabout creation at State Route 222, Schantz Road and State Route 863

Upper Macungie Township (Lehigh County)

PennDOT

$15,803,915

Wire Mill Bridge

Rehabilitation/Replacement of Wire Mill Bridge carrying State Route 145 (Lehigh Street) over Little Lehigh Creek

City of Allentown

(Lehigh County)

Lehigh County

$5,171,152

State Route 22 Resurfacing 15th Street to State Route 309

Resurfacing of State Route 22 from State Route 309 to 15th Street interchange

Whitehall and South Whitehall Townships

(Lehigh County)

PennDOT

$13,807,625

State Route 22 Resurfacing of State Route 309 to I-78 Split

Resurfacing of State Route 22 from Interstate 78 split to State Route 309

South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Townships

(Lehigh County)

PennDOT

$5,633,930

ITS Sign Upgrades - Turnpike

Installation/Upgrades, Operation and Maintenance of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) - Variable Message Boards at Various Locations related to Interstates 78 and 476 (PA Turnpike)

Lehigh and Northampton Counties

PennDOT

$1,469,791

Filetown Road Bridges

Bridge Preventative Maintenance State Route 1006 (Filetown Road) over Bushkill Creek and over State Route 33

Plainfield Township

(Northampton County)

PennDOT

$1,960,505

Any Questions?

Contact the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission/Lehigh Valley Transportation Study

961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: 610-264-4544

Email: planning@lvpc.org