Johnstown Expressway (SR 219) Rehabilitation

Location: Cambria County, PA

Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

SR 219 RehabilitationSR 56 Bridge over SR 219Johnstown ExpresswayCCJM provided preliminary engineering and final design for addition of nine miles of auxiliary lanes, design for stormwater management BMPs and noise barriers between three interchanges, replacement of three bridges (two-span pre-stressed I-beam bridges) and relocation/reconstruction of 2,000 ft. of local roads.

Due to increasing traffic congestion around the rapidly growing Johnstown region in Southwest Pennsylvania, plans were developed to improve transportation capacity through rehabilitation of the Johnstown Expressway (SR 56) and US 219, a major north-south artery near the regional airport. CCJM was asked to provide concepts and final design for improvements which eventually included nine miles of SR 219 auxiliary lanes, 2,000 ft of noise barriers, reconstruction of 2,000 ft of local roads and three replacement structures (a 174 ft 2-span continuous P/S I-beam bridge, SR 56 over the Johnstown Expressway near the Johnstown Galleria Mall, a 3-span 151 ft bridge carrying Oakridge Dr, SR 3012, over SR 219 and a box culvert replacement).

The project as designed required extensive storm water management features including complete redesign of drainage features for nine miles and two stormwater management facilities. Plans, specifications and estimates provided for the bid package also included erosion and sediment control plans, drainage design, final utility relocation coordination, signing and pavement marking, sign structures, final roadway plans, final traffic control plans and final right-of-way plans and sound barrier design. CCJM also provided construction consultation.

“Chick Babcock served as CCJM’s project manager for this agreement. He maintained good communications and proper coordination with the Department throughout the final design process…The staff at C.C. Johnson & Malhotra was easy to work with. All Department issued review comments were addressed in a timely manner. Chick Babcock and Rudy Coringrato were proactive and creative in addressing all key project issues. Of particular note was the time and effort that went into the staging of the traffic control operations…this issue was a critical part of the overall design……The District thinks very highly of CCJM’s technical capabilities and project management skills……during various project meetings, the construction contractor and inspection staff have commented on the overall quality and completeness of the construction plans.”

Brad Brumbaugh, PE
Project Manager PennDOT
District 9-0