Wolf Administration Highlights Productive 2021 Design, Construction Season Across Southeast Pennsylvania

More than 190 construction projects underway worth more than $2.2 billion

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 6 is wrapping up an aggressive 2021 design and construction season that included 62 new contracts worth more than $540 million aimed at repairing and improving state highways and bridges across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

“We are pleased with the investments we were able to make into our roadways and bridges this year,” said Acting District 6 Executive Louis Belmonte. “We had several high-profile improvement projects that were completed or began in 2021, all with the goal of providing safe and efficient transportation for all modes of travel across southeast Pennsylvania.”

District 6 currently has more than 190 projects under construction valued at over $2.2 billion. Some of the most notable projects that were completed this year include:

  • U.S. 422 Bridge Replacements – $98.3 million project that built new, wider bridges to improve travel and carry U.S. 422 motorists over the Schuylkill River, Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Trooper Road and Schuylkill River Trail in West Norriton, Upper Merion and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County;
  • Interstate 95 Section BS4 – $80.9 million project that enhanced traffic flow and surface street access to I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange by widening and improving a section of Aramingo Avenue, building several new ramps, and extending Adams Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia;
  • Interstate 76 Viaduct Rehabilitation – $47.1 million contract that rehabilitated and resurfaced the I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) viaduct in Center City Philadelphia and repaired the three-span bridge over Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) and several other I-76 structures in Montgomery County;
  • Route 452 (Market Street Bridge) Replacement – $21.5 million project that replaced the bridge carrying Route 452 (Market Street) over Amtrak and SEPTA railroad tracks in Marcus Hook Borough and Lower Chichester Township, Delaware County; and
  • Grays Ferry Bridge Rehabilitation – $15.3 million project that repaired and improved the bridge carrying Grays Ferry Avenue over the Schuylkill River, Amtrak/SEPTA and CSX railway tracks in Philadelphia.

Some of the most notable projects that began this year include:

  • U.S. 1 Section RC2 – $96.6 million project to widen and improve a 1.5-mile section of the highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships, Bucks County;
  • U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) Section 61S – $54.3 million project to improve, widen and reconstruct approximately 1.8 miles of U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) from Johnson Highway to Township Line Road in Norristown, and East Norriton and Whitpain townships, Montgomery County;
  • Interstate 95 Section AF2 – $31.7 million project to reconstruct sections of Delaware, Allegheny and Castor avenues in Philadelphia to improve traffic movement on surface streets at the I-95 Allegheny Avenue/Castor Avenue Interchange;
  • U.S. 1 Pavement Preservation – $13.7 million project to repair and resurface approximately six miles of U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) in Chadds Ford and Concord townships, Delaware County and Pennsbury Township, Chester County; and
  • County Line Road Improvement – $11 million project to reconstruct and improve a three-mile section of County Line Road in Warrington Township, Bucks County and Horsham Township, Montgomery County.

“We pride ourselves on taking an aggressive approach with our construction program in an effort to move crucial projects forward to enhance, reinforce and maintain our extensive transportation network,” Assistant District 6 Executive for Construction Harold Windisch said.

PennDOT owns and maintains more than 2,800 state bridges across the region, 345 of which are currently listed in poor condition. In 2021, District 6 was able to repair or replace 14 state bridges.

“It is crucial that we continue to deliver road and bridge projects from design to construction to significantly reduce the backlog of our pavement and bridge demands across the region,” PennDOT Assistant District 6 Executive for Design Chuck Davies said.

Across District 6, more than 124 miles of state highway were resurfaced in 2021.

The pothole season was extremely active for District 6 maintenance forces following a severe 2020-21 winter season. PennDOT maintenance crews across the region used more than 30,000 tons of asphalt to patch potholes and performed crack sealing operations on 336 miles of state highway to repair pavement.

“Maintaining our transportation system is paramount to extending the life of our highways and bridges, PennDOT Assistant District 6 Executive for Maintenance John Krafczyk said. “The longer life equates to money saved by deferring the need for major rehabilitation and replacement projects.”

District 6 responded to more than 6,000 pothole inquiries through PennDOT’s Customer Care Center in 2021, a 120 percent increase from the previous year.

District 6 continues to manage the challenges from the flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida in early September. PennDOT staff are working aggressively to make the necessary repairs under current contracts or program new projects to safely reopen damaged bridges and highways to travelers. Most of the repair work is complete or underway, however, there are several state bridges and highways that remain closed across the region due to various storm-related damage.

For a complete list of storm damage closures or construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

Information about infrastructure in District 6 including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov

Construction Update: Fall 2021

New U.S. 1 Neshaminy Creek Bridge Construction, Southbound U.S. 1 Paving South of the Turnpike

Excavation and bridge construction mark the progress of work to widen and improve U.S. 1 north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike as paving on the southbound side of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway to the Turnpike underway this fall.

The contracts, RC1 and RC2, are part of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships.


RC1

New southbound bridges are in place over the Turnpike (see below) and Street Road (Route 132) while the new southbound bridge over Turnpike’s ramps remains under construction through early 2022.

As construction continues on the final southbound bridge, southbound paving between Street Road (Route 132) and the commercial area approaching Old Lincoln Highway is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The new southbound U.S. 1 ramp to Street Road (Route 132) has been completed and is now open (see right). The new ramp from Street Road to southbound U.S. 1 remains under construction until next spring.

On Street Road (Route 132), eastbound reconstruction between Kingston Way and Old Lincoln Highway has finished. When median construction wraps up later this year, eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted onto the new eastbound and median pavement. Westbound reconstruction will follow and continue through next spring as conditions permit.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Construction on the $94 million RC1 project will continue into mid-2022. 


RC2

Construction is underway through the end of the year on the north and south abutments and two in-stream piers for the new southbound bridge over the Neshaminy Creek. Beam placement and deck construction will begin in early winter and continue through early 2022 as conditions permit.

Also this fall, excavation will continue behind temporary barriers along both sides of U.S. 1 north of the Turnpike Interchange for the construction of retaining walls and embankments that will support construction of a third travel lane, along with an auxiliary lane, in each direction from just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange to the Penndel/U.S. 1 Business Interchange. 

Abutment construction has started on the northbound structure over the Penndel Interchange and adjacent rail lines, the project’s second set of large bridges. Work on the northbound structure will continue in coordination with utility relocations.

Excavation to widen the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp from Business 1/Penndel also is underway.

Utility relocation work will occur periodically at the Neshaminy Interchange, which will be reconfigured and improved during a later stage of the project.  Improvements to the interchanges will meet current design standards for ramps and acceleration/deceleration lanes.

The $110.9 million RC2 project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2026.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Construction Update: Summer 2021

U.S. 1 Under Construction for Three Miles in Bucks County

Construction continues this summer in Lower Bucks County on two adjacent contracts to improve U.S. 1 by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships.

The contracts, RC1 and RC2, are part of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County.


RC1

Reconstruction of the southbound side of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway to north of the Turnpike continues to progress this summer, highlighted by construction on bridges over the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Turnpike ramps, and Street Road (Route 132).

Deck construction is underway on the northbound side of the new bridges over the Turnpike and Street Road (Route 132). Placement of the new concrete decks on both new spans is expected in late summer. Abutment construction will continue through the summer on the new northbound bridge over Turnpike ramps with deck construction in the fall.

As bridge construction continues, subsurface utilities and parts of the stormwater drainage system also are being installed along the southbound side of the U.S. 1 roadway, and sound walls are being installed along the southbound side between Street Road (Route 132) and the commercial area approaching Old Lincoln Highway.

The new southbound U.S. 1 ramps to and from Street Road (Route 132) remain closed, except for the ramp from U.S. 1 that is temporarily being used to connect to eastbound and westbound Street Road.

On Street Road (Route 132), eastbound reconstruction continues in coordination with construction of the southbound side of the U.S. 1 overpass. 

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Construction on the $94 million RC1 project will continue into mid-2022. 


RC2

Excavation continues behind concrete barriers along both sides of U.S. 1 north of the Turnpike Interchange for the construction of retaining walls and embankments. The walls and embankments will support construction of a third travel lane, along with an auxiliary lane, in each direction from just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange through the Penndel/Business U.S. 1  Interchange.

Foundations for abutments and piers for the new southbound bridge over the Neshaminy Creek are under construction (see above). Once foundations are in place, crews will begin the methodical work of building the supports for the new structure.

Work on the project’s second set of large bridges, which will replace the bridges over the Penndel Interchange and adjacent rail lines, will begin later this year after the existing utility lines are relocated.

Excavation to widen the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp from Business U.S. 1/Penndel also is underway (see right). Construction to reconfigure and improve the Neshaminy Interchange will be done during a later stage of the project. Improvements to the interchanges will meet current design standards for ramps and acceleration/deceleration lanes.

The $110.9 million RC2 project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2026.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Construction Update: Spring 2021

U.S. 1 Construction Expands North as Phase Two Begins

PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve U.S. 1 in Bucks County expanded this spring to include widening a 1.5-mile section north of the Turnpike that includes upgrading the Neshaminy and Penndel interchanges and constructing new bridges over Rockhill Drive, the Neshaminy Creek, and the SEPTA and CSX rail complex north of the creek.


RC2

A construction barrier is in place along the northbound and southbound shoulders of U.S. 1 from the north side of the Neshaminy Interchange through the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange. Working behind the barrier, the contractor will excavate the northbound and southbound embankments along U.S. 1.

 

As work progresses over the coming months, the Section RC2 contractor will begin building retaining walls that will support construction of a third travel lane, along with an auxiliary lane, in each direction from just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange to the Penndel/U.S. 1 Business Interchange.

Following construction of access roads this spring, foundations for abutments and support piers for the new southbound bridges over the creek and the rail lines will start and continue through the remainder of 2021.

Activities also will get underway this spring at the Neshaminy and Penndel/Business U.S. 1 interchanges, which will be reconfigured and improved to meet current design standards for all ramps and acceleration/deceleration lanes. 

Access road construction.

JD Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, PA, is general contractor on the $110.9 million RC2 project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. Section RC2 construction is scheduled be completed in mid-2026.
 


RC1

Reconstruction of the southbound side of U.S. 1 also continues this spring from Old Lincoln Highway to north of the Turnpike, including the remaining sections of new bridges over Street Road, the Turnpike and the Turnpike ramps.

Demolition of the bridges carrying U.S. 1 over the Turnpike and its ramps, and over Street Road (partially) has been completed, and construction of abutment walls for the new bridges is underway (see above).

Foundations for sound walls that will be installed south of the Street Road (Route 132) Interchange also is underway along the southbound side.

As bridge construction continues, installation of subsurface utilities and parts of the stormwater drainage system is underway on the southbound side of US 1 (see right).

The new southbound U.S. 1 ramp to and from Street Road (Route 132) is partially completed and in use for southbound U.S. 1 traffic heading in either direction on Street Road.

On Street Road (Route 132), reconstruction of the middle section of that roadway under the U.S. 1 overpass is being coordinated with construction of the southbound side of the U.S. 1 overpass.

Periodic off-peak or nighttime lane closures will be in place in both directions on U.S. 1 during ongoing construction in both work areas.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Construction of the new Bristol Road overpass is progressing and headed for completion this summer (see above).

Current construction on the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2, RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 Interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next seven-plus years. 

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on the $94 million project RC1 project.

Construction Update: Winter 2020-21

Southbound Roadway, Bridge Construction on U.S. 1 Underway

Winter 2020-21 – Center area construction on U.S. 1 was completed in late fall and reconstruction of the southbound side got underway in December on the project to widen and improve U.S. 1 and reconstruct the interchange at Street Road (Route 132) in Bensalem Township, Bucks County.


Work on this project is being done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, special signing, and relevant training.

Early-stage construction underway this winter will remove the pavement (see right) and begin installation of subsurface utilities and stormwater drainage pipes and inlets on the southbound side. Demolition of the southbound sections of U.S. 1 bridges over the Turnpike, the Turnpike ramps, and Street Road (Route 132) also has started, along with construction of foundations for sound walls that will be installed south of the Street Road (Route 132) Interchange.

Activities this winter also will focus on completing construction of the new southbound U.S.1 ramp to and from east and westbound Street Road (Route 132). This ramp is being used temporarily for access from southbound U.S. 1 to eastbound and westbound Street Road (Route 132) as the new ramp is completed.

On Street Road (Route 132), reconstruction of the middle section of that roadway under the U.S. 1 overpass will be coordinated with construction of the western half of the U.S. 1 bridge this winter. Construction to widen the eastbound side of Street Road (Route 132) west of the overpass will resume in the spring. 

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.


Further north on U.S. 1, crews have removed the old Bristol Road overpass and are building abutments for the new bridge and reconstructing the approaches to the bridge on both sides of U.S.1 (see above) to improve the new bridge’s vertical clearance. Working as weather conditions permit, abutment and center support pier construction will lead to the setting of bridge deck beams in late winter. Deck construction is expected to be underway by early spring, putting the replacement bridge on target for completion — and lifting of the detour — later in the spring.

Current construction on the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2, RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 Interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next seven-plus years. 


A number of engineering activities for the next phase of the project may be taking place along the corridor as well. Motorist may encounter off-peak lane restrictions for some of these activities.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on RC1.

Construction Update: Fall 2020

Center Roadway, Bridge Construction on U.S. 1 Finishes this Fall

Fall 2020 – Center area construction on U.S.1 and on Street Road (Route 132) will wrap up this fall and reconstruction of the southbound side will get underway in December on the project to widen and improve U.S.1 and reconstruct the interchange at Street Road (Route 132).

Work on this project is being done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, special signing, and relevant training.

Subsurface utilities and stormwater drainage pipes and inlets are in place in the median area of U.S. 1, and the new pavement’s sub-grade is being established across the project area in advance of paving the of the U.S. 1 work area this fall. Construction of the center sections of new U.S. 1 bridges over the Turnpike, the Turnpike ramps, and Street Road (Route 132) finished in early fall.

The new ramp from eastbound Street Road to southbound U.S. 1 also has been constructed. This ramp will be used temporarily for access from southbound U.S. 1 to eastbound and westbound Street Road (Route 132) during the next stage of construction on U.S.1.

Reconstruction of the slip ramp from Horizon Boulevard to the Turnpike’s Bensalem Toll Plaza on the southbound side of U.S. 1 wrapped up and re-opened in late summer. 

On Street Road (Route 132) reconstruction of the westbound lanes between Kingston Way and the ramps to and from U.S. 1 has wrapped up, with work continuing the middle section of that roadway this fall.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Current construction on the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 Interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next eight-plus years. 

A number of engineering activities for the next phase of the project are taking place along the corridor as well. Motorists may encounter off-peak lane restrictions for some of these activities.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on RC1.

Construction Update: Summer 2020

Center Area Roadway, Bridge Construction on U.S.1, Street Road

Summer 2020 – Center area construction is underway this summer on U.S. 1 and on Street Road (Route 132) as the project to widen and improve U.S. 1 and reconstruct the interchange at Street Road (Route 132) moves toward completion of the current stage and a shift to southbound reconstruction this fall.

Work on this project is being done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, person and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, special signing, and relevant training.

Crews this summer will complete installation of stormwater drainage pipes and inlets and begin paving the median area while continuing construction of the middle portions of the U.S. 1 bridges over the Turnpike, the Turnpike ramps, and Street Road (Route 132).

Work this summer also includes construction of the new ramp from eastbound Street Road to southbound U.S. 1 and realignment of the slip ramp from Horizon Boulevard to the Turnpike’s Bensalem Toll Plaza on the southbound side of U.S. 1.

On Street Road (Route 132) reconstruction of the westbound lanes between Kingston Way and U.S. 1 has wrapped up, with work shifting to the middle section of the roadway as well.

New Turnpike ramps on the northbound side of U.S. 1 also will be completed this summer.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Current Construction on the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2, RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S> 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next eight-plus years.

A number of engineering activities for the next phase of the project are taking place along the corridor as well. Motorists may encounter off-peak lane restrictions for some of these activities.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on RC1.

Construction Update: Spring 2020

Center Area Roadway, Bridge Construction Resume on U.S. 1

Spring 2020 – Construction resumed in late April on the project to widen and improve U.S.1 and reconstruct the interchange at Street Road (Route 132) following a month-long suspension of activities due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Work on this project is being done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, special signing, and relevant training.

With northbound traffic now riding on the rebuilt and widened northbound side and southbound traffic remaining on the southbound side, construction resumed to reconstruct the middle of U.S. 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and Rockhill Drive in Bensalem Township, Bucks County. 

Construction this spring includes removal of the remaining existing pavement and median, installation of stormwater drainage pipes and inlets, and construction of the middle portions of U.S. 1 bridges over the Turnpike, the Turnpike ramps and Street Road (Route 132). 

Stage 3 work also includes construction of the new ramp from eastbound Street Road to southbound U.S. 1 and realignment of the slip ramp from Horizon Boulevard to the Turnpike’s Bensalem Toll Plaza on the southbound side of U.S. 1. Slip ramp reconstruction begins this summer.

On Street Road (Route 132), reconstruction of the westbound lanes continues between Kingston Way and the U.S. 1 overpass following completion of the eastbound reconstruction in late 2019. 

The contractor has completed the removal of the ramps on the westbound side of Street Road (Route 132) and will complete the final drainage improvements, grading, and soil stabilization this spring. Permanent access to northbound U.S. 1 from westbound Street Road (Route 132) will be from the new ramps on the eastbound side. 

Construction of new Turnpike ramps on the northbound side of U.S. 1 also continues this spring.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Current construction on the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2, RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 Interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next eight-plus years. 

A number of engineering activities for the next phase of the project are taking place along the corridor as well. Motorist may encounter off-peak lane restrictions for some of these activities.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on RC1.

Construction Update: Winter 2019/2020

U.S. 1 Northbound Reconstruction Finishes, Work Shifts to Middle

Notice: PennDOT has suspended construction on all of its projects due to the COVID19 virus outbreak. Construction schedules will be updated following the resumption of work.

Winter 2019/2020 – The rebuilt and widened northbound side of U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township began carrying traffic following completion of paving and the construction of the northbound side of two new bridges earlier this winter.

A traffic shift placed northbound traffic on the rebuilt and widened lanes between Old Lincoln Highway and Rockhill Drive, freeing the middle of U.S. 1 for the start of reconstruction of the northbound and southbound inside lanes and median, Stage 3 of the overall project.

Early construction in the middle of U.S. 1 will remove the existing pavement and median, begin installation of stormwater drainage pipes and inlets, and start demolition of the middle portions of the U.S. 1 bridges over the Turnpike, the Turnpike ramps, and Street Road (Route 132).

Stage 3 work also includes construction of the new ramps from eastbound Street Road (Route 132) to southbound U.S. 1 and realignment of the slip ramp from Horizon Boulevard to the Turnpike’s Bensalem Toll Plaza on the southbound side of U.S. 1.

On Street Road (Route 132), reconstruction of the westbound lanes is underway between Kingston Way and the U.S. 1 overpass following completion of the eastbound reconstruction in late 2019.

Removal of the existing ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 on the westbound side of Street Road (Route 132) also is underway. The new ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) on the eastbound side were open to traffic last fall.

The new northbound U.S. 1 ramps to and from the Turnpike, partially opened in early fall, along with the new bridge over the Turnpike ramps, were completed prior to the shift to Stage 3 construction in the middle of U.S. 1.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction.

Current construction on the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2, RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 Interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next eight-plus years. 

A number of engineering activities for the next phase of the project are taking place along the corridor as well. Motorists may encounter off-peak lane restrictions for some of these activities.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County. Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on RC1.

Construction Update: Fall 2019

U.S. 1 Northbound Reconstruction Heading for Completion by Early 2020

Fall 2019 — Construction to rebuild and widen the northbound side of U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township is heading for completion late this year or early 2020 as work crews this fall complete paving on the widened northbound side of U.S. 1 and finish construction of the northbound side of two new bridges.

By late November, northbound U.S. 1 paving will finish between Old Lincoln Highway and Street Road (Route 132). Traffic will then be shifted onto the new pavement between Old Lincoln Highway and the new ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132).

The new ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) will be paved this fall and are expected to be opened to traffic at that time as well. The ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 on the opposite side of Street Road (Route 132) will then be closed permanently. Widening on the eastbound side of Street Road (Route 132) between U.S. 1 and Kingston Way also will finish prior to the opening of the new ramps.

Northbound widening will then continue north of Street Road (Route 132) — including construction of the northbound side (approximately one-third of the new bridges) of the U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132) and the new northbound ramps to the Turnpike — through the end of the year or into early 2020. Construction of the northbound side of the new bridge over the Turnpike’s mainline finished in early fall.

The new northbound U.S. 1 ramps to and from the Turnpike were partially opened in early fall as construction of the U.S. 1 bridge over the Turnpike ramps is completed in phases along with construction of the remainder of the new ramps.

Once the remainder of northbound widening is completed, the remainder of northbound traffic will then shift onto the new pavement, and Stage 3 median reconstruction — including the middle section of the three bridges — will get underway and continue through most of 2020.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will continue to be maintained during construction. Properties along the northbound side are accessible via a right turn lane that was established on the northbound side of the work zone or from Street Road (Route 132). Properties along the southbound side of U.S. 1 remain accessible via U.S. 1, Street Road (Route 132), or the southbound ramp to Street Road (Route 132).

Current construction of the $94 million project (RC1) is the first of three PennDOT contracts (RC2, RC3) that will improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township through Langhorne Borough and Langhorne Manor to north of the Route 413 Interchange in Middletown Township, Bucks County, over the next eight-plus years.

A number of engineering activities for the next phase of the project are taking place along the corridor as well. Motorists may encounter off-peak lane restrictions for some of these activities.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Allan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on RC1.

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