Wagman Heavy Civil Project

I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges

  • Location

    Luzerne County, PA

  • Duration

    April 2024 - November 2027

The I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges is a $63M project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), located in Black Creek Township, Luzerne County, PA. The project will replace and widen bridges that cross over the Nescopeck Creek to provide wider shoulders that meet current standards and accommodate and facilitate future maintenance activities on the bridge.

The project scope includes two structures that are 521-ft long, 4-span precast concrete girder bridges atop roughly 40-ft piers with a latex modified concrete overlay. The planned staged construction has the eastbound bridge built in two phases, starting with an outside widening to accept eastbound traffic. The existing eastbound bridge is then demolished and replaced with the inside portion of the new I-80 Eastbound to accept crossover westbound traffic. Phase 3 involves demolition and replacement of the westbound structure in its entirety. The fourth stage includes restoring traffic to its original location, removal of temporary crossovers, and shoulder replacement/restoration.

Construction is set to begin in April 2024 and will last until approximately November 2027.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • The Nescopeck Creek bridges are dual structures (one eastbound and one westbound) were originally built in 1965, with preservation repairs last conducted in 2005.
  • The bridges carry an average daily traffic (ADT) of 33,000 vehicles, a majority of which are large trucks.
  • Once complete, the new bridges will improve traffic flow, extend the life of existing infrastructure, and enhance traffic.
  • This project is part of PennDOT’s Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership Program (MBP3). Six of PA’s major interstate bridges will be replaced or repaired as part of the initiative.