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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Construction Update: Summer 2019

U.S. 1 Reconstruction Focused on Bridges, Street Road and Turnpike Ramps

Turnpike bridge center pier construction

Construction to rebuild and widen the northbound side of U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township continues this summer with the focus on replacing the northbound side of bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Turnpike ramps, and reconstructing the south side of the Street Road Interchange and new ramps to the Turnpike.

Crews will finish the abutments (side support walls) and center piers for the Turnpike overpass in July, followed by the placement of deck beams and deck construction to get underway and continue into the fall.

Excavation for the Street Road Interchange

Construction of the U.S. 1 bridge over the Turnpike ramps will require a slight shift of traffic away from the north abutment later this summer so that support sheeting can be installed for the safe demolition of the abutment and construction of a new abutment. New ramps from U.S. 1 to the Turnpike interchange will be constructed in phases and coordinated with construction of the new overpass.

At the Street Road Interchange, all ramp traffic has been moved to the north side of the interchange, allowing installation of the stormwater drainage pipes and inlets and excavation for new ramps to get underway.

Traffic normally using the now-closed ramps on the south side of the interchange is being directed to the existing ramps to and from U.S. 1 on the westbound side of Street Road. A temporary, signalized intersection has been installed at the base of those ramps to facilitate access to and from eastbound State Road.

Abutment construction also is underway on the northbound side of the new U.S. 1 bridge over Street Road. Beam placement and deck construction is expected to begin later this summer at the completion of the abutments.

Northbound U.S. 1 excavation

Widening on the eastbound side of Street Road also is underway between U.S. 1 and Kingston Way to the east.

Reconstruction on the northbound side of U.S. 1 is ongoing, with activity focused at the northern end of the project where embankments are being graded. Work will pick up this summer at the southern end with installation of drainage inlets and curbing. Work on the northbound side will continue through early 2020, and then shift to the middle of U.S. 1 before moving to the southbound side and ramps.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 is being 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. Properties along the southbound side of U.S. 1 remain accessible via U.S. 1, Street Road, or the southbound ramp to Street Road.

Excavation for Street Road Interchange improvements

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.

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

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Construction Update: Spring 2019

Northbound U.S.1 Reconstruction, Widening Underway on U.S.1, Street Road Ramps

Spring 2019 – With a new traffic pattern in place on U.S. 1 that shifts vehicles to the west, construction is underway this spring to reconstruct and widen the northbound side of the highway between Old Lincoln Highway and the Neshaminy exit.

Access to and from properties located on both sides of U.S. 1 is being 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, or the southbound ramp to Street Road.)

The original northbound U.S. 1 pavement has been removed and the northbound U.S. 1 ramps to and from eastbound Street Road (Route 132) are closed for reconstruction of the interchange. The westbound side of the interchange remains open so that motorists will continue to have access between Street Road (Route 132) and northbound U.S. 1 while the ramps are rebuilt.

Traffic normally using the now-closed ramps is being directed to the existing ramps to and from U.S. 1 on the westbound side of Street Road. A temporary, signalized intersection has been installed at the base of those ramps to facilitate access to and from eastbound Street Road.

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

Excavation underway at the interchange is being coordinated with construction of the project’s storm water drainage system of basins, pipes and inlets along Street Road (Route 132).

Also this spring, the northbound side of existing bridges over the PA Turnpike and the Turnpike ramps are being dismantled. Later this spring the northbound side of the bridge over Street Road (Route 132) will be dismantled as well.

Crews over the coming months will then build the new, wider northbound sides of the spans, starting with new abutment walls and progressing to placement of deck beams and construction of the bridges’ concrete decks.

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

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.

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

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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.

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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.