U.S. 1 Northbound Reconstruction Finishes, Work Shifts to Middle in Early 2020
Winter 2019/2020 – The rebuilt and widened northbound side of U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township begins carrying traffic following completion of paving and the construction of the northbound side of two new bridges this winter.
A traffic shift will then place 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 median 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, will be 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.