The new year is just beginning, but state transportation officials have a slew of projects they expect to begin in 2006, ranging from bridge improvements to road widening.

According to Gene Blaum, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, a $5.6 million project to repair and resurface six miles of roadway on Route 30 between the Route 82 and Route 10 interchanges will begin in early 2006.

The department has resurfaced the road from Business Route 30 to Route 82 during the past few years, and will now start removing deteriorating concrete from the roadway between the interchanges, repairing bridge decks and resurfacing the highway with new asphalt.

The work is expected to be finished by the fall.

"Then you'll have pretty much an all-new smooth roadway on the course of the older bypass," Blaum said.

Construction will begin in the spring to replace the Westtown-Thornton Road bridge, which has been closed since March 2000. Blaum said the bridge should be complete by late 2006.

During late summer of next year, PennDOT will begin the replacement of three bridges over Route 202 - the Mill Road, Church Road and Swedesford Road bridges.

Construction will also start on improvements to the intersection of Route 401 and Phoenixville Piker and the intersection of Swedesford Road with Phoenixville PIke and Planebrook Road. It will cost $20 million to complete the bridge repairs and intersection improvements, Blaum said.

Also expected to begin in 2006 are improvements to Route 100 between Route 113 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Blaum said the improvements, which will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, should improve access in and out of the area.

In 2005, PennDOT completed an $8.2 million project that widened Route 113 to four lanes in Uwchlan and West Pikeland, $7 million in improvements on the Route 30 Bypass between Route 82 and the Downingtown Interchange, and $5.8 million in repaving and resurfacing Route 1 between Route 41 and Route 896.

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