American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Southwest Penn Section
The Bentleyville Interchange project on I-70 in Pennsylvania was previously home to unsafe and inefficient travel conditions. Narrow shoulders on the median side, sub-standard horizontal curves, inadequate acceleration and deceleration lanes, closely spaced interchanges, and insufficient vertical clearance at underpasses are just some of the issues that travelers dealt with while traveling this portion of I-70.
PennDOT District 12-0 decided it was time to improve the area. PennDOT implemented a partnership between the district, Golden Triangle Construction (the contractor), ms consultants (the designer), and JMT, Inc. (construction inspection). This partnership would go on to provide efficient project delivery and clear lines of communication throughout the project.
The Bentleyville Interchange project included a number of innovative ideas, new technologies and cost-saving elements that led to a very successful project. The updated, safer, and more efficient transportation system, including the reconstruction of two mainline interchanges, was substantially completed in late 2018.
The Bentleyville Interchange project is located in three municipalities: Somerset Township, Fallowfield Township, and the Borough of Bentleyville and includes: