FAQs and Project Facts

  1. Why is the viaduct closed today?
    The bridge was posted and ultimately closed to vehicular traffic for public safety reasons and is considered “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete.”
  2. What is the source of funding for the project?
    80% of the funding for final design services is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The remaining will be provided by PennDOT (15%) and the City of Erie (5%).
  3. Who is the Project Team?
    The Project Team consists of three entities:
    -Project Owner - the City of Erie
    -Project Oversight - PennDOT (on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration)
    -Project Designer (Prime Consultant) - TranSystems
    -Sub-consultants include Olszak Consulting, Monaloh Basin Engineers, and AD Marble & Company.
  4. What overall improvements are part of the project?
    There will be sidewalk improvements along East 12th Street, East Avenue roadway improvements, and intersection improvements at East Avenue and East 12th Street including new traffic signals, crosswalks, sidewalks, ADA facilities, signs and pavement markings. There will also be pedestrian improvements at East 12th Street and the Bayfront Connector. In addition, a new interchange reconfiguration is being designed at Buffalo Road (as a separate PennDOT Project).
  5. How can I keep informed of the project’s progress? How do I get involved?
    The project website will be updated regularly. In addition, you may click here to sign up to be included on the project’s newsletter mailing list. We welcome your input and involvement in the project’s public meetings which are listed on the website’s Getting Involved page.
  6. Who is the project contact?
    The project contact is:
    Mr. Brian Krul, PE, PTOE
    Project Manager, Transportation Services
    (412) 402-4813.
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