Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will construction begin and end?
    The current schedule is to have construction begin in the Fall of 2015 and end in the Fall of 2018.
  2. Why are the curves on I-70 not being eliminated?
    The project design for I-70 is utilizing a 60 miles per hour design speed. Eliminating the curves is not necessary to meet design criteria. Additionally, straightening the curves would significantly increase property impacts and construction costs.
  3. Why is SR 2023 being severed between Kennedy Road and Main Street/Grange Road?
    In consideration of the low volume (current and future projected) traffic use of this roadway, elimination of this roadway is being pursued as a cost savings measure (approximately $5 Million Dollars). Two bridges will be eliminated saving future bridge replacement and maintenance costs. No driveways are being served by this portion of roadway. Additionally, emergency vehicle response time is not anticipated to be impacted by this roadway closure.
  4. Has there been any consideration to improve the local roadways that may see an increase in traffic due to the project (Ames Road, Carlton Drive, Main Street, Grange Road and Kennedy Road)?
    With the inclusion of the ½ interchange ramps at the SR 0917 interchange, impacts to the local roadway have been minimized. No side road improvements are planned.
  5. Why is a roundabout being included as part of the project?
    Roundabouts are an intersection concept that is gaining popularity in the United States. The design geometrically controls speed while providing a 30% increase in capacity to move traffic as compared to a traffic signal. The number and severity of crashes are significantly reduced at a roundabout as compared to a traffic signal. The cost for the roundabout as compared to a traffic signal is approximately $700,000 dollars less due to the elimination of several turn lanes which also allowed the I-70 mainline bridge to be shortened. Additionally, traffic signal maintenance costs are eliminated.

    Additional information on roundabouts, their operation and benefits can be found here.
  6. Is a traffic light being installed at the intersection of SR 0917/SR 2040?
    The design team has reanalyzed this intersection and has determined that the intersection will operate satisfactorily without a traffic signal being installed. Further analysis determined that, on average, the delay per vehicle would be higher if a traffic signal were to be installed (7.9 sec/vehicle unsignalizied and 18.0 sec/vehicle signalized). The location of the Norfolk Southern Railroad further complicated traffic signal operation.
  7. Will there be any traffic restrictions on SR 0070?
    There will be overnight restrictions during times when construction contractors need to move large beams or place temporary pavement during off peak hours. Otherwise, two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained.
  8. How long is the portion of reconstruction along SR 0070?
    The overall project is 1.86 miles in length. It involves complete reconstruction of 1.33 miles of SR 0070, widening the median to a minimum of 10 feet, providing 12’ shoulders, and lengthening the ramp acceleration and deceleration lanes.
  9. What will happen to the waterline running under SR 2040?
    Coordination has been ongoing with Bentleyville Water Authority and will continue through the duration of the design. The existing 8”waterline along the west side of SR 2040 will be used. The existing 6” waterline along the east side of SR 2040 will be abandoned.
  10. Will SR 2040 have three (3) lanes and sidewalks?
    Yes. SR 2040 will be widened to provide a center turn lane between the roundabout and Main Street. SR 2040 will also include sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.
  11. How will driveway access be maintained for the businesses along SR 2040?
    Access will be maintained to all properties. The contractor is responsible for coordinating with the property owners concerning driveway reconstruction.
  12. Can the SR 0917/SR 2040 intersection be widened for fire trucks?
    Yes. The intersection of SR 0917/SR 2040 will be widened to accommodate fire trucks as well as WB-67 trucks.
  13. How will the proposed left turn lane be constructed at the SR 0917/SR 2040 intersection?
    SR 0917 will be widened to the west, creating a 10’ wide northbound left turn lane. This turn lane will be 100’ in length.
  14. How will the SR 0917 bridge be constructed? What is the detour?
    Due to the existing bridge being a “through-girder” type design, it is not possible to maintain one lane while constructing the new bridge. Several off alignment alternatives were investigated but were not able to be advanced due to constraints (stream, vertical clearance over I-70, grade of SR 0917, and location of SR 0917 bridge over North Branch of Pigeon Creek).
    The detour route for SR 0917 is via the Kammerer Interchange, which is 3.6 miles (approximately 5 minutes).
  15. Is there an island planned on SR 0917 as you turn on to Carlton Drive? Many cars cut this corner too sharp and it is very dangerous.
    Milled rumble strips along the roadway double yellow line will be installed to help delineate the lanes and discourage vehicles from making the turn too tightly.
  16. Why is the intersection of SR 0917 and Ames Road not being improved?
    The reintroduction of two of the ramps at the SR 0917 interchange will eliminate traffic volume increases that were previously anticipated in this area. Therefore, intersection improvements are not warranted. In addition, this intersection is outside of the project limits.
  17. Why is Ramp Y being realigned and moved from the existing location, creating a “dog leg” off of Carlton Drive?
    This ramp is being realigned in order to clearly define the difference between Carlton Drive and the SR 0070 westbound on-ramp.
  18. Turning left onto SR 2044 from SR 2040 is very difficult and dangerous. What will be done in this area to improve this condition?
    A traffic signal will be installed at this location.
  19. What work will happen in the Gibson neighborhood?
    Hillman Street, South Alley, and Miner Street will be widened and reconstructed.
  20. Will the Gibson Neighborhood roads always be open to traffic? Are there any turning restrictions?
    Access to the Gibson Neighborhood will be maintained during construction. An island will be constructed at the intersection of SR 2044/Hillman street to restrict left turns from Hillman Street onto SR 2044 and left turns from SR 2044 onto Hillman Street.
  21. Why is Bentleyville Road remaining open between Grange Road and the proposed Cul-De-Sac?
    SR 2023 has been turnbacked to Fallowfield Township as part of this project between SR 2044 and Grange Road, and is now referred to as Bentleyville Road. Bentleyville Road is remaining open between Grange Road and the proposed Cul-De-Sac to allow access to properties as well as existing utilities which run along Bentleyville Road.
  22. Why is a double lane roundabout not being constructed instead of a single lane roundabout?
    Roundabouts can be designed with two circulatory lanes but two lanes are not needed in this location.
  23. Why is a roundabout not being constructed at the intersection of SR 2040/SR 2044/Ramps?
    The 10% roadway grade on SR 2044 caused the roundabout alternative to be dismissed at this location.
  24. Is the proposed roundabout really suitable for the proposed location?
    The proposed roundabout has been analyzed and is the most effective solution for this location. The design geometrically controls speed while providing an average 30% increase in capacity to move traffic as compared to a traffic signal. The number and severity of crashes are significantly reduced as compared to a traffic signal. The cost for the roundabout as compared to a traffic signal is approximately $700,000 less due to the elimination of several turn lanes which also allowed the I-70 mainline bridge to be shortened. Additionally, traffic signal maintenance costs are eliminated.
  25. With the high volume of truck traffic, will a roundabout really work?
    The roundabout design has been developed with the heavy truck traffic being considered.
  26. Will the cemetery be impacted?
    No, the cemetery will be avoided.
  27. How is drainage on this project being addressed? Are there any proposed stormwater ponds?
    Drainage is being analyzed and improved based on PennDOT standards. There are 2 proposed stormwater management ponds, as well as several bioretention areas.
 
 
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