Preliminary engineering and environmental studies were completed in 2014 on the section of I-83 between the junction with I-81 and the Union Deposit Interchange, which is just to the north of the Eisenhower Interchange. Work on the corridor has been split into two separate construction contracts. Contract 1 construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Contract 2 will include the widening of the I-83 roadway and construction of four new mainline bridges, retaining walls, and sound barriers. Union Deposit Road will be resurfaced and new sidewalks will be installed. Contract 2 was bid on June 21, 2018 with construction slated to start this year and extend through 2021.
Section 2 extends from just south of the Union Deposit Interchange, through the Eisenhower Interchange to 29th Street. Environmental and traffic studies collected data throughout 2017 and this information will be used to design a roadway system that will minimize impacts to the surrounding environment.
Section 3 extends from west of the Eisenhower Interchange near 29th Street to the Susquehanna River. On October 2, 2019, the Federal Highway Administration approved the environmental document, a Categorical Exclusion, for the I-83 East Shore Section 3 project.
The I-83 Master Plan Study focused on transportation planning for the section of I-83 from the New Cumberland Exit to the junction of I-81, a distance of 11 miles. The study identified specific projects, such as the improvements to certain interchanges, that can be programmed and scheduled into PENNDOT’s highway planning process. The overall goal of the I-83 Master Plan is to preserve the quality of life and to promote economic viability in the Harrisburg area by providing an effective transportation plan for the I-83 corridor.