Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the Interstate80/local interchange project in Centre County. The new interchange is now open to traffic.
Located east of Bellefonte, completion of the new interchange is part of a long-awaited safety improvement in Centre County. At a cost of $52 million, the local interchange project is the first phase of a three-phase project to build local access, a high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80 and improve Jacksonville Road (Route 26).
In July 2018, the project was awarded an initial $35 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. Completing all three phases will support the regional freight economy, improve the reliability of roadway travel throughout the region, and enhance safety for roadway users.