The I-83 East Shore, Section 2 project is one of four projects PennDOT is pursuing along the I-83 Beltway, which extends from a junction with I-81 northeast of Harrisburg to the interchange with Route 581 to the south of Harrisburg. The Beltway is economically vital in the Harrisburg region and serves as a key hub in the northeast United States.
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McCormick Taylor is challenged to address the deteriorating roadway conditions, modernize the roadway design to improve safety, reduce congestion, and minimize impacts to the environment, local property owners, and the traveling public. To do so, McCormick Taylor will coordinate closely with PennDOT and its consultants working on the other sections of the I-83 Beltway and implement a comprehensive public outreach program.
The proposed improvements include widening the I-83 mainline to three lanes in each direction with directional connections to I-283 and U.S. 322. In addition to the regional connections, the interchange will include local access connections to Derry Street and a new interchange that will connect I-83 to Paxton Street in the area of the Harrisburg Mall.
Preliminary environmental information and a scoping field view was completed in 2017 as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Preliminary engineering design began at the conclusion of the data collection efforts. Designers are currently developing alternatives to improve the highway. These alternatives will be evaluated for their impacts to the resources identified during the field investigations. Throughout the evaluation, stakeholder input will be gathered and considered.
Once the sequencing of the contracts is established, a detailed schedule for obtaining environmental permits, acquiring necessary right-of-way, and relocating utilities can be established. Actual mainline construction could start as soon as 2022.