Construction Project Near Lincoln Drive Receives Honor
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was recognized.
A construction project that changed traffic patterns near the Gustine Lake Interchange for over a year has just received an award.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation received the 2011 Project of the Year Award (in the over $10 million category) from the Delaware Valley Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers this week for the project.
The $20.2 million project enabled engineers to repair four structurally deficient bridges and remove a fifth. It took place in the area where Lincoln Drive, Ridge Avenue, City Avenue and I-76 come together near East Falls and Manayunk.
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Lincoln Drive traffic was affected as a result. Southbound drivers were forced to stop at a traffic light at Ridge Avenue before continuing onto Ridge Avenue, Kelly Drive or I-76.
Other elements of the project included an aesthetic stone finish on new bridge columns and walls, new interchange lighting,15 new sign structures with new directional signs, eight bio-retention basins, 300 new trees and shrubs, sidewalk improvements a wide lay-by-lane for SEPTA buses and new curb ramps, according to a news release.
Construction happened from March 2010 to December 2011 and was paid for with $13.7 million of federal stimulus funds and $6 million of other federal money.
Designer Michael Baker Jr. and contractor Buckley and Company Inc. also received the honor.