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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 24, 2004
Contact: Brian C. Keeter, 202-366-0660
FHWA 14-04

Nation's Top Highway Official Tours York's I-83 Construction Project; Praises Economic and Safety Benefits

Reconstruction of a 1.7 mile section of Interstate 83 in York will help drivers more easily and safely move through the heavily-traveled corridor and help boost the region's economy, Federal Highway Administrator Mary E. Peters said today.

"Our goal is to deliver transportation improvements that will help this fast-growing region of Pennsylvania keep its economy on the move," said Peters.

Peters visited the construction site for a first-hand view and an update on its progress from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials.

The $58 million project includes reconstruction of the interchange between I-83 and Leader Heights Road and new ramps between I-83 and Business 83, all of which will improve access to the southern part of York that is home to growing residential and commercial areas. The project will also shift I-83's current alignment to the east, straightening out existing sharp curves that are the source of numerous accidents.

The project will ease congestion on this section of I-83, Peters said. She noted that the highway carries approximately 55,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest highways in South Central Pennsylvania. It is also a major commercial route, connecting Northeast Pennsylvania, York and Harrisburg with major port and shipping facilities on the East Coast.

"President Bush and I know that the improvements we're making today will help the thousands of drivers and businesses that rely upon I-83 get where they need to go safely and on time," said Peters.

Peters praised the extensive public involvement in planning the project. Responding to community and environmental needs, sound walls are being installed to minimize traffic noise. In addition, some of the structures will use context sensitive design, such as the southbound abutments with white rose decorations that signifies travelers are entering the White Rose City.

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