Construction Schedule Withers On The Vine

Posted: July 14, 1986

Schuylkill Expressway drivers will be forced to endure another season of construction delays next year in the Vine Street interchange area, according to PennDOT officials.

PennDOT district engineer Robert L. Rowland said today that the contractor working in that area this year is 10 weeks behind schedule on the job. That, said Rowland, means the contractor will be returning to the interchange area next year to finish the job.

The contractor, a joint venture of Morrison-Knudsen Corp. of Boise, Idaho, and Slattery Associates Inc. of Maspeth, N.Y., faces a penalty of approximately $5 million for failing to meet the scheduled timetable. Rowland, at a press conference, said the original contract for the job was for $49.5 million.

However, despite the problems in the Vine Street area, other expressway

sections now under construction will be open by the end of October, Rowland said. "We will have 15 of the 18 miles completely reconstructed and open on time," he said.

The troubled Vine Street area stretches from 30th Street Station to Spring Garden Street. The construction involves the rerouting of existing traffic lanes away from existing curve irregularities, to make the road straighter and safer and accommodate the Vine Street Expressway, currently under construction.

The area will be open to normal traffic from November through March, when it will be reduced to two lanes in each direction.

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