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Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project - Full Green Ahead!

October 18, 2015

PA Dept. of Transportation Approves Project

The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) Project, which will create a new 13 mile four-lane limited access highway to bypass congestion on US 11/15 at Shamokin Dam, has been given the greenlight by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).  The project had previously been delayed indefinitely due funding shortfalls but with the passage of Act 89 in November 2013 sufficient resources have been allocated to complete this $615 million infrastructure improvement.

The purpose of CSVT is to separate trucks and through traffic from local travel, to reduce congestion and accommodate growth and to improve safety.  Upon full completion the CSVT will improve access to Union County by reducing travel by 20 minutes or more on average for those arriving from points south such as the Harrisburg and Carlisle areas.  

The project has been divided into the northern and southern sections. The northern section, which connects State Route 147 south of Montandon to US 15 south of Winfield includes a new 4,500’ bridge over the Susquehanna River and a full access interchange at Winfield. The first construction contract for the northern section is scheduled to be let in August of 2015. PennDOT anticipates opening the northern section to traffic in 2019 or 2020.

The southern section then will connect US 15 south of Winfield to US 11/15 north of Selinsgrove and will also include a connector from the new highway to State Route 61. The southern section is presently under design and the entire CSVT is anticipated to be completed by 2024. However PennDOT is evaluating possible methods of accelerating the completion.
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