PennDOT to fix sections of I-80

| 1/16/2003

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will spend millions of dollars starting next year to repair sections of I-80 that are less than a decade old, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Officials blame a type of pavement that was supposed to last much longer, but instead caused the road surface to sink and crack.

Road crews are scheduled to repair 12 miles of interstate in 2004, with another 39 miles to be fixed after that, the newspaper reported. The exact cost hasn’t been determined yet, but it is expected to run into the millions.

Open-grade stone, a mixture of rocks used as a base for roads in Pennsylvania and other states since the early 1990s, is reportedly causing the problems.

The state has already spent $6.8 million fixing about 50 miles of roads with similar problems, mostly on I-80 in Western Pennsylvania.