U.S. 1, Street Road Lane Closures at Night April 15-18 for Construction in Bensalem Township

April 12, 2019 – Lane closures will be in place at night in each direction on U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) in Bensalem Township, Bucks County, for various construction activities including pothole repair on a project to widen and improve U.S.1 and reconstruct the interchange at Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

On Monday, April 15, through Thursday, April 18, from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, northbound and southbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to a single lane between Rockhill Drive and Old Lincoln Highway, and Street Road (Route 132) will be reduced to a single lane in each direction between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way. All scheduled activities are weather dependent. 

This corridor improvement project is the first of three construction contracts to rebuild and widen U.S. 1; replace aging bridges; and install safety enhancements along a four-mile section of the expressway from just north of Philadelphia to just north of Route 413 (Pine Street) in Middletown Township and Langhorne Borough.

Temporary Business Signs FAQ

Where can I place a sign for my business in the U.S. 1 work area?

All signs, temporary or permanent, must be placed on private property, outside of PennDOT’s right-of-way.  All signs must have an approved permit from Bensalem Township and comply with township ordinances. Permit applications can be found at https://www.bensalempa.gov/applications.html and can be submitted by email to permitcenter@bensalempa.gov.

How do I know where PennDOT’s right-of-way line is located for this project?

The right-of-way line for the U.S. 1 work area may be marked with a line of stakes or painted on the surface beyond the edge of the existing roadway.  If you would like help determining the location of the right-of-way line, please Email us at info@us1bucks.com or use the contact form on this website and someone will contact you.

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New Traffic Patterns in Place on U.S. 1

The new traffic patterns are in effect as of Friday, February 22, on U.S. 1 and the ramps to and from eastbound Street Road.

The patterns move all U.S. 1 traffic to the west and close the ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 and eastbound Street Road. 

The closed ramps are being re-routed to the ramps on the opposite side of the interchange, where a temporary signalized intersection has been constructed at the base of those ramps. The temporary intersection allows ramp traffic to access eastbound and westbound Street Road, and eastbound Street Road to access northbound U.S. 1. The ramp from westbound Street Road to northbound U.S. 1 remains open during construction at the interchange.

Winter 2018-19 Construction Update

Major Construction Starts on U.S. 1, Street Road Ramps

Crews completed shoulder paving, median removal and other preparations for a traffic shift in early February that signals the start of three years of construction to replace three bridges, and widen and improve a mile-long section of U.S. 1 and the ramps to and from Route 132 (Street Road) in Bensalem Township, Bucks County.

Bulldozer grading new Red Roof Inn driveway
A bulldozer grades a new driveway for the Red Roof Inn off U.S. 1 in Trevose.

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.  In addition, 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.

With two through lanes of northbound and two through lanes of southbound vehicles shifted to the southbound (west) side of U.S. 1 from north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange to the intersection with Old Lincoln Highway, work gets underway on the northbound side.  Under this stage, workers will reconstruct and widen the existing northbound pavement and build the northbound side of three bridges: over Street Road, the Turnpike, and the Turnpike interchange ramps.

Cleared vegetation at Street Road & U.S. 1 interchange
Crews cleared vegetation at the Street Road and U.S. 1 interchange.

During northbound reconstruction this winter, crews will remove the existing northbound pavement, begin excavation for the project’s stormwater drainage system, install and relocate utility lines, and demolish the east side of the three bridges.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 will be maintained at all times during construction. Properties along the northbound side will be accessible via a right turn lane that will be established on the northbound side of the work zone or from Street Road. Properties along the southbound side of U.S. 1 will remain accessible via U.S. 1 or Street Road or the southbound ramp to Street Road.

Ramp Construction

Closure of the northbound side of U.S. 1 also will close the existing ramp from northbound U.S. 1 to eastbound Street Road, and the ramp from eastbound Street Road to northbound U.S. 1. The ramps will then be removed and reconstructed in coordination with the work to rebuild the northbound side of U.S. 1.

Widening the Street Rd. ramps for U.S. 1 South.
Workers finish paving to widen the Street Road ramps to and from U.S. 1 South.

Traffic normally using these ramps will be directed to the existing ramps to and from U.S. 1 on the westbound side of Street Road. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at those ramps to facilitate access to and from eastbound Street Road.

The U.S. 1 ramps on the westbound side of Street Road will remain open as new ramps are built on that side.

Construction also will get underway this winter on replacement ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 at the Turnpike interchange. These existing ramps also will remain open during Allan Myers, LP of Worcester, PA is the general contractor.

Reconstruction on the northbound side is expected to continue through early 2020, when operations will then shift to the middle of U.S. 1 before moving to the southbound side and ramps.

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

Fall 2018 Construction Update

Early Stage Construction Underway

Fall 2018 – Early-stage construction is underway this fall on PennDOT’s $94 million U.S. 1 Improvement Project in Bensalem Township, Bucks County.

Crews will work this fall and into the winter to reconstruct and widen the existing shoulders and median along U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway) between Old Lincoln Highway and the Rockhill Drive overpass north of the Turnpike Interchange, and on PA 132/Street Road about three-quarters of a mile east and west of the U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway) overpass. The shoulders are being widened temporarily so that they can be used as travel lanes during upcoming construction stages to widen the highway.

Work also is underway this fall to install a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of PA 132/Street Road and Township Road T-329, which will be extended to provide access from PA 132/Street Road to several businesses along northbound U.S. 1(Lincoln Highway). New driveways also will be constructed to access the Red Roof Inn from PA 132/Street Road.

Work also will begin this fall on improvements to the storm water management system on PA 132/Street Road, and on installation of environmental controls for the project, including stream mitigation activities at various locations along the corridor.

In early 2019, work will begin on reconstruction and widening of the northbound roadway and bridges on U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway), as well as replacement and improvements to the PA Turnpike and PA 132/Street Road ramps on the northbound side of U.S. 1(Lincoln Highway).

In addition, work will begin, weather permitting, on reconstruction of eastbound PA 132/Street Road and construction of two new ramps adjacent at the U.S. 1(Lincoln Highway) Interchange at PA 132/Street Road.

Allan Myers, LP of Worcester, PA is the general contractor.

PennDOT Awards $94 Million Contract to Improve U.S.1 in Bucks County

November 2018 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has awarded a $93.9 million contract to Allan Myers, LP of Worcester, PA for the reconstruction and widening of a two-mile section of U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway) from Old Lincoln Highway to just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Bensalem Township, Bucks County.

The project, U.S. 1 Section RC1, is the first of three construction contracts that comprise PennDOT’s U.S. 1 Improvement Project to widen U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway), replace aging bridges, and complete a number of highway safety enhancements along a four-mile segment of U.S. 1 that extends from Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township to just north of the PA 413 (Pine Street) overpass in Middletown Township and Langhorne Borough.

Early-stage construction on Section RC1 began in late October, 2018, with work expected to ramp up in early 2019. Section RC1 includes:

  • Widening and reconstruction of four bridges,
  • Placement of 13 sign structures,
  • Sanitary sewer and water service line relocations,
  • Improvements to the highway’s storm water management system,
  • Installation of new traffic signals, and
  • installation of Intelligent Transportation System components.

The RC1 project will also construct sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway), including rain gardens and infiltration basins, construction of a sound barrier wall along a portion of southbound U.S. 1, and other miscellaneous construction.

Major modifications also will be made to the ramps to and from PA 132/Street Road and to the ramps to and from the PA Turnpike Interchanges with Route 1. Roadway and drainage improvements are also being made along Street Road for about three quarters of a mile east and west of Route 1.

Section RC1 construction is scheduled be completed in late 2022.