Freedom Road Expansion and Improvement Projects
Since 2020, the Township in conjunction with Butler County received two U.S. Department of Transportation grants through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.
The first project expanded Freedom Road from Commonwealth Drive to Haine School Road. Using a $20 million BUILD grant, construction wrapped in late 2022.
The second phase is using a $25 million BUILD grant to expand Freedom Road from Haine School Road to Powell Road. Work began in 2022 and is ongoing as of early 2024. It has an estimated completion date of 2025.
Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge
These projects follow the full replacement and expansion of the Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge which was completed in 2021. Work included a new steel beam six-lane bridge, widening, paving, drainage, signal upgrade/replacement, and lighting work. As part of the accelerated bridge construction program, the structure was built in sections off-site and moved into final position requiring only short term closures on the PA Turnpike or Freedom Road.
Project details and enlarged maps are posted on PennDOT District 10 website
Franklin Road Safety Improvement Project
PennDOT will improve the Franklin Road corridor from Route 228 to Peters Road. This project includes updating the current two-lane roadway to current design standards including 5’ shoulders for bikes and pedestrians. Left turn lanes will be added at key intersections throughout the corridor. The project does not include improvements to the intersection with Route 228. PennDOT awarded this contract for construction in December 2023 with utility relocation planned in 2024. Construction is scheduled for 2025 and 2026.
Rochester Road Turnpike Bridge Expansion
The Rochester Road Turnpike Project aims to upgrade the Turnpike from milepost 26 to 28. H.W. Lochner Inc. has been selected by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and will handle preliminary engineering, final design, and construction consultation.
In addition to expanding lanes along Rochester Road, work includes widening the existing corridor from four lanes to six lanes, and general corridor improvements. A feasibility study will determine how to best add lanes to Rochester Road, as well as make the road pedestrian friendly.
Project updates can be found here: https://www.paturnpike.com/traveling/design-construction
Progress Avenue and Route 19 Intersection Improvements
This project will improve he intersection of Route 19 and Progress Avenue, including widening Progress Avenue, traffic signal installation, and a new turning lane.
Work will be partially funded through a $300,000 Automated Red Light Enforcement Grant and a $250,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant. Work is ongoing as of early 2024.
Route 19/Short Street
The Route 19 and Short Street signal replacement project will replace one of the oldest signals that has yet to be replaced. The project will bring it up to current Township standards.
Work is supported by $350,000 from the Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancements Grant Program.
Over the past several years, many major projects have been completed through cooperation with PennDOT, Butler County, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
The MSA Thruway connects Interstate 79 to destinations in Cranberry Springs and Cranberry Woods beneath Route 228. A roundabout at the approach to the tunnel from I-79 directs traffic flow and moderates speeds for the pedestrian-friendly passageway. The project includes sidewalks and bike lanes.
Rochester Road Expansion
This widening project on the stretch of Rochester Road between Route 19 and Graham School Road also added numerous pedestrian-friendly features along the way.
Route 19 Resurfacing
The project included the resurfacing of 7.4 miles of Route 19, as well as milling, patching, paving, leveling, binder/wearing courses, and minor drainage/guide rail upgrades and other miscellaneous construction.
Interstate 79 Bridge Replacement Over North Boundary Road
This project replaced two structures carrying Interstate 79 over North Boundary Road.
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