The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is hoping to make Interchange Road less congested in the coming years.
The plans for a new construction project for Interchange Road were on display for discussion.
The plan includes a 1-mile long project in front of the Millcreek Mall that will widen the road from two to five lanes.
The $18 million improvements will also provide for signal upgrades and auxiliary turning lanes.
The project manager said it takes extra time for this kind of work in Erie.
“In northwest Pennsylvania, we have the shortest construction season in the state by and large,” said Mark Nicholson, project manager. “We’re looking at April through October is really the window that we have and that’s why we’ve had to stretch the project out over two years. We just don’t have the time in a typical calendar based on weather to get it done.”
Work on the project will start in the fall of this year and possibly be done by late 2018.