Managing traffic flow across the region takes a herculean effort, and for course, a place for all of those folks doing the work to drive to everyday to make it happen.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will break ground on a new traffic management center in 2020, an approximately $33 million project that makes way for the state agency’s plans to boost its headcount, writes Kennedy Rose for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
A new two-story, 30,0000 square-foot facility will be built on a parcel of land near PennDOT’s current center in King of Prussia. That space is operating at 40 percent over capacity, and a larger facility will cut down on the overcrowding while making room for new hires, officials said at a Thursday press conference.
Maintenance of new technologies in Pennsylvania’s transportation systems, particularly along Interstate 76, will require PennDOT to hire new employees. The current facility does not have enough space for those hires and the update systems, PennDOT Deputy Communications Director Brad Rudolph said.
The $33 million cost is a rough estimate. The majority of the price tag, $25 million, will go towards the new traffic management center. Significant modifications to an existing parking structure accounts for the remaining $8 million. Twenty percent of the facility’s funding will come from the state, and 80 percent will be funded by the federal government.
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