U.S. 1, Street Road (Route 132) Lane Closures Sept. 20-26 for Construction in Bensalem Township

Daytime and nighttime lane restrictions will be in place on U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) for bridge and roadway construction under a project to widen and improve U.S.1 in Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.  

The work schedule is:

  • Sunday, September 20, through Saturday, September 26, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Sunday, September 20, through Friday, September 25, from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, single lane closures will be in place on northbound or southbound U.S. 1 between Rockhill Drive and Old Lincoln Highway; and
  • Sunday, September 20, through Saturday, September 26, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Sunday, September 20, through Friday, September 25, from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, single lane closures will be in place on eastbound or westbound Street Road (Route 132) between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather permitting.

Work on this project will be 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 signage and relevant training.

Crews currently are reconstructing the middle section along 1.3 miles of U.S. 1, and the middle section of Street Road (Route 132) under the second major stage of the RC1 project. Ongoing activities also include construction of the center sections of U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the Turnpike ramps at the Bensalem Interchange.

Allan A. Myers, Inc. of Worcester, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the $95.1 million project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. The project is expected to complete by late 2022.  

This contract (RC1) 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.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit www.penndot.gov/District6TrafficBulletin.

State Transportation Commission Adopts Updated 12-Year Transportation Program

Action Clears Way for Latest Round of Transportation Improvements across Pennsylvania

 
Harrisburg, PA – The State Transportation Commission (STC) today updated the 12-Year Program. The new plan anticipates $64.8 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.
The 12-Year Program, or TYP, is a multimodal, fiscally-constrained planning tool used to identify and prioritize Pennsylvania’s transportation projects and the funds needed to complete them. State law requires the STC to review and update the 12-Year Program every two years. No capital project can move forward unless it is included in the 12-Year Program.
 
The newly adopted program, which takes effect October 1, anticipates the following funding availability in the first four years of the TYP from federal, state and local sources:

  • $11.4 billion for state highway and bridge projects;
  • $9.4 billion for public transit;
  • $321 million for multimodal projects;
  • $228 million for rail freight; and
  • $138 million for aviation.

“Investments in transportation are critical for keeping our communities connected to the global economy,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “While additional investment in our large transportation network is certainly needed, PennDOT takes pride in being a responsible steward of federal, state and local dollars to help improve infrastructure across all modes.”
 
The TYP also highlights some of PennDOT’s major accomplishments over the past two years, such as becoming REAL ID-compliant, as well as impacts to transportation in Pennsylvania because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Four Rural Planning Organizations, 19 Metropolitan Planning Organizations and one independent county partnered with PennDOT in the review and development of the update. Now that the STC has approved the update, it has been submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. The Federal Highway Administration coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan’s conformity with air quality requirements.
 
Public input early in the 12-Year planning process played a key role in identifying investments in the various transportation modes.
 
The State Transportation Commission is chaired by the Secretary of PennDOT and consists of 10 appointed citizens as well as the majority and minority chairs of the state House and Senate Transportation committees.
 
For more information about the TYP, visit www.TalkPATransportation.com.

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.

PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Effective July 23, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through August 31, 2020, have been extended until August 31, 2020. These extensions are in addition to those announced on June 25.

A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s license products. Camera cards with expiration dates within this timeframe are also extended through August 31, 2020.

Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.   

Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and schedule a driver’s exam. There are no additional fees for using online services.

PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will communicate any changes with the public.

More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.

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.

PennDOT Resumes Construction May 1

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s plan for a phased-in reopening of public and private construction, PennDOT highway and bridge construction projects will resume beginning May 1.

“Our decision to pause construction was not made lightly, and we understand the importance of these projects to communities across Pennsylvania and to our industry partners,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “Thanks to the swift, decisive actions of the administration and the cooperation of Pennsylvanians, the curve is starting to flatten and we’re now in a position to restart these important improvements to the transportation network.”

On March 17, in response to Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation guidance, PennDOT paused construction projects statewide, except for emergency needs. Since then, PennDOT has progressively continued critical projects addressing landslide repairs, or critical bridge, tunnel and drainage repairs, and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life-sustaining goods and services.

PennDOT road and bridge construction projects will restart with limited exceptions based on project-specific factors, including location and feasibility for social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols at the jobsite. Work on all projects will be conducted in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania 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, and relevant training.

The safety plan, as well as a general framework for restarting construction projects, was developed by a PennDOT-led multidisciplinary team with representation from the construction industry and the consulting engineering community, as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

“I could not be prouder of the collaboration between PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission, FHWA, and our partners in the industry,” Gramian said. “While we are all eager to return to work, it was critical to establish safety protocols to minimize COVID-19 exposure for PennDOT and private-sector employees, as well as the communities where they live and work.”

Information on PennDOT construction projects can be found at projects.PennDOT.gov. PennDOT is currently evaluating schedule impacts due to COVID-19.

More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information on PennDOT’s COVID-19 response, visit www.PennDOT.gov or www.dmv.pa.gov. PennDOT is sharing stories of continued and innovative operations during COVID-19, accessible from its PennDOT Way blog at www.PennDOT.gov/blog.

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021

Harrisburg, PA –The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused REAL ID issuance in the state out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health. Centers will reopen no sooner than April 3. PennDOT also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting that the agency consider extending the October 1, 2020 REAL ID enforcement deadline.

“We are very pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has listened to our concerns, as well as the concerns from our fellow states regarding the need for a postponement on REAL ID enforcement in the midst of this national emergency,” said PennDOT Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally-acceptable form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must now be used on and after October 1, 2021, as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.

REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs once issuance has resumed.

More information about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via  www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Underway

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) today announced that enforcement of the statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program begins next week. Today marks the end of a 60-day pre-enforcement period that was required by Act 86 of 2018, which established the AWZSE program.

“Through the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program, we are urging motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving, especially through work zones where roadway conditions can change on a daily basis,” said acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “In 2018, 23 motorists were killed in a Pennsylvania work zone. Ultimately, this program is not about issuing violations, it’s about saving lives.”

Pennsylvania’s AWZSE program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits by 11 miles per hour or more using electronic speed timing devices. AWZSE systems are only operational in active work zones where workers are present. Beginning today, registered owners will receive a warning letter for a first offense, a violation notice and $75 fine for a second offense, and a violation notice and $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

Work zones are selected to maximize the effectiveness of the systems and will be marked with signage in advance of the enforcement area. Additionally, locations are posted on the project website, WorkZoneCameras.PennDOT.gov.

“While there can be fines assessed, the AWZSE program’s goal is not to generate revenue,” explained PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “The goal is to build awareness and most importantly, to change unsafe driving behaviors. The program serves as a roadway reminder that safety is literally in each driver’s hands when they are behind the wheel.”

In 2018, there were 1,804 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania, resulting in 23 fatalities, and 43 percent of work zone crashes resulted in fatalities and/or injuries. Since 1970, PennDOT has lost 89 workers in the line of duty. The PA Turnpike has lost 45 workers since 1945.

For more information on the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program, including a list of projects where the units are deployed, visit WorkZoneCameras.PennDOT.gov.

Traffic Shift Marks Completion of First Phase of Northbound U.S. 1 Improvements in Bensalem

Northbound U.S. 1 traffic will shift onto the newly reconstructed northbound lanes between Old Lincoln Highway and Rockhill Drive Monday night, February 3, marking the completion of the first major phase of a project to reconstruct, widen and improve a 1.3-mile section of the highway in Bensalem Township, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Following the Monday night shift, crews will work the remainder of the week to adjust concrete construction barriers and begin reconstruction of the middle section on U.S. 1 — including demolition and replacement of the middle section of U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the ramps to the Turnpike Toll Plaza — the second major phase of the project.

Periodic lane closures will be in place on Sunday, February 2, through Friday, February 7, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning for construction activities on:

  • Northbound and southbound U.S. 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and Rockhill Drive;
  • Eastbound or westbound Street Road (Route 132) between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way; and
  • Bristol Road between Old Lincoln Highway and Belmont Avenue, where flaggers will direct an alternating lane of traffic through the work area for the early stages of construction to replace the bridge over U.S.1.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather permitting.

Under construction that began in late 2018 under Section RC1, PennDOT has:

  • Removed and replaced the northbound pavement on U.S. 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and Rockhill Drive;
  • Replaced the northbound side of U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the Turnpike ramps;
  • Began reconstruction of the U.S. 1/Street Road (Route 132) interchange;
  • Began construction of new ramps to and from northbound U.S. 1 and the Turnpike Toll Plaza;
  • Installed new stormwater basins, pipes and inlets;
  • Relocated sanitary sewer and water lines on U.S. 1;
  • Reconstructed eastbound Street Road (Route 132) at the U.S. 1 Interchange; and
  • Started preliminary work to replace the Bristol Road bridge over U.S. 1.

RC1 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.  

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.