Section 1
SECTION 1: Route 819 to Norvelt
PennDOT Project Name: SR 0981, Section Q20

Section 1 is approximately 4.5 miles and extends from the intersection of Route 981 and Route 819, just north of Mount Pleasant Borough, and ends near the intersection of Route 981 and Route 2023 in Norvelt, Mount Pleasant Township. Section 1 primarily follows Route 981 with some offline shifts to improve the roadway. This section is now in the Preliminary Engineering phase of project development.

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Preferred Option Identified: Offline Option
An analysis examined two proposed design options for an approximately 1 mile portion of Section Q20, just north of the Turnpike to just south of Walton’s Lane.

The two proposed design options were as follows:

  • Online Option: Primarily follows the existing Route 981 alignment and includes widening the roadway and improvements to substandard geometric features.
  • Offline Option: Diverges from the existing Route 981 alignment north of the PA Turnpike to the west for approximately 1 mile, about 1,000 feet to the west of existing Route 981.

Each option was evaluated on the following performance measures: property, environmental and utility impacts, safety, constructability, maintaining traffic during construction, and cost considerations.

Considering the above performance measures, the Offline Option was determined to be the Preferred Option. When comparing the two options, the Offline Options would have a lower construction cost and fewer property impacts. Because the new roadway will be built offline, interruptions to existing Route 981 traffic and residents/businesses within this section of the project will be minimal during construction. Click here to view the project area map.

Refinements to the Preferred Option

Roundabouts Selected for Three Intersections

What is Preliminary Engineering?