The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) recently chose Black & Veatch to install a new fiber-optic network along more than 200 miles of the state’s turnpike. Black & Veatch was awarded two contracts to develop the first and second phases of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s project.
“The PA Turnpike Commission sought a qualified partner that could bring an innovative, viable and affordable solution,” said Paul Pishal, Sales Director in the Telecom Division of Black & Veatch. “Our engineering team was able to submit a design that was a perfect fit for both Pennsylvania’s unique topography as well as the PTC’s goals for a high-speed data network to ensure robust connectivity across the Turnpike.”
The first phase includes a $44.7 million fiber-optic design-build from Harrisburg to the Delaware River Bridge, and the second phase will cost $49.7 million and connect Philadelphia, Allentown, and Scranton. Both stages will boost connectivity between the PTC’s administrative buildings and support All-Electronic Tolling, and Intelligent Transportation Systems for safety and mobility.
The project will also provide a revenue-generating opportunity for the state with extra fiber and conduits available for leasing. To overcome the rocky terrain of the PA Turnpike, Black & Veatch will install the fiber lines within the roadway’s shoulder, known as microtrenching.
According to Neil Raup, Manager of Total Reconstruction Programs for the PA Turnpike, “amping up data capabilities on the PA Turnpike is necessary to prepare” for future technologies. “Fiber-optic infrastructure is an essential element,” he added.
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