The $132m reconstruction and widening of the section of Pennsylvania Turnpike’s east-west mainline in the Ohio border was completed.

The work between milepost 0 at the Ohio border and milepost 10 near the New Castle / Beaver Falls was started in November 2005.

The project includes ground-up reconstruction of the roadway with new drainage, shoulders and median in addition to a third lane in each direction.

The milepost 0-10 project was started in 1999 in order to completely rebuild the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the ground up. It completed 11 reconstruction projects totalling 68.5 miles till date.

Under the project, the milepost 0-2 was reconstructed at a cost of $22m and two bridges were replaced at $5.4m, while design / build of milepost 2 to milepost 9.3 was completed at a cost of $105m.

In addition, three reconstruction projects that results in 19 miles of new highway at $350m is underway.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Joe Brimmeier said that besides milepost 0-10 project five major construction projects were under way that add up to more than $591m of turnpike improvements between the Ohio line and New Stanton.