U.S. 1 Periodic Nighttime Lane Closures, Traffic Stoppages Sept. 20-23 for Construction in Bucks County

Periodic northbound and southbound single lane closures and 15-minute traffic stoppages may be in place on Monday, September 20, through Thursday, September 23, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM on U.S. 1 in Bucks County for construction between the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Bensalem Township and the Penndel/Business U.S.1 Interchange in Middletown Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
 
During the periodic closures 15-minute traffic stoppages on U.S.1, Bristol Road also will be closed between Neshaminy Boulevard and Old Lincoln Highway. The stoppages and closures are required as crews conduct controlled blasting to remove rock from the embankments along U.S. 1 where widening will take place.
 
Periodic lane restrictions also may be in place Sunday, September 19, through Friday, September 24, from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning for construction on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and the turnpike interchange and on eastbound and/or westbound Street Road (Route 132) between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way in Bensalem Township.
 
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
 
Crews are reconstructing and widening almost three miles of roadway, improving the interchanges, and constructing several new bridges — including new structures over the Neshaminy Creek and over rail lines near the Penndel exit — under two contracts (RC1, RC2) to rebuild, widen and improve U.S.1 in Bucks County.
 
JD Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, PA, is the general contractor on the $110.8 million Section RC2 project that is scheduled be completed in mid-2026. Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on the $95 million Section RC1 project that is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
 
Sections RC1 and RC2 are two of the 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.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
 
For a complete list of 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
 
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Federal REAL ID Enforcement Postponed to May 3, 2023

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS POSTPONED THE ENFORCEMENT DATE FOR REAL ID FROM OCTOBER 1, 2021, TO MAY 3, 2023, IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION. 

Beginning May 3, 2023, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.

Read the full article on PennDOT’s website for more information on REAL IDs.

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.

U.S. 1 Periodic Lane Closures Planned Through Summer for Construction in Bucks County

Periodic northbound and southbound lane closures will continue to be in place this summer on U.S. 1 in Bucks County, on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, for construction on two reconstruction projects between the Neshaminy Interchange in Bensalem Township, and Route 413 in Middletown Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Periodic lane restrictions also may be in place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, for construction on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and the Neshaminy Interchange, and on eastbound and westbound Street Road (Route 132) between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way in Bensalem Township.

Crews are reconstructing and widening almost three miles of roadway, improving the interchanges, and constructing several new bridges — including new structures over the Neshaminy Creek and over rail lines near the Penndel exit — under two contracts (RC1, RC2) to rebuild, widen and improve U.S. 1 in Bucks County.

JD Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, PA, is the general contractor on the $110.8 million Section RC2 project that is scheduled be completed in mid-2026. Alan Myers Construction, of Worcester, PA, is the general contractor on the $95 million Section RC1 project that is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Sections RC1 and RC2 are two of the 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.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

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

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.

PennDOT Highlights 2021 Philadelphia Region Construction Season, Highlights More than 200 Projects

MOTORISTS REMINDED TO DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY IN WORK ZONES

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today highlighted more than 200 highway and bridge projects anticipated to begin or continue across PennDOT’s five-county District 6 region, spanning Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, during this construction season.

PennDOT, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and the Philadelphia Police also urged motorists to drive cautiously in work zones – for their safety and that of workers – in observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week that runs from April 26-30.

Today’s announcement which highlighted more than $2.4 billion in transportation investments throughout the region this construction season, and includes resurfacing nearly 200 miles of highways and fixing or replacing 45 bridges, was made at the PennDOT Interstate 95 North stockpile in Philadelphia overlooking the I-95/Betsy Ross Bridge ramp construction.

“It is vital that we continue to invest in our aging infrastructure and we look forward to the continued opportunity to improve, strengthen, and secure our vast transportation network in this region in 2021,” said Acting District 6 Executive Mike Rebert. “As a reminder, motorists should use caution in work zones so our crew members can get home safely each day to their family and friends after completing this critical work.”

Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

  • Bristol Road intersection improvement project in Bucks County ($16.3 million estimate);
  • Boot Road bridge replacement in Chester County ($8.2 million estimate);
  • Little Washington Road bridge replacement in Chester County ($3.5 million estimate);
  • Bethel Road roundabout project in Delaware County ($1.2 million estimate);
  • Route 309 connector project in Montgomery County ($35 million estimate);
  • U.S. 422 improvement project in Montgomery County ($77 million estimate);
  • University Avenue bridge replacement/Schuylkill River Trail project in Philadelphia ($48.5 million estimate); and
  • Interstate 95 ITS enhancement project in Philadelphia ($33.7 million estimate).

Notable projects that will continue this year include:

  • Two U.S. 1 corridor improvement projects in Bucks County ($207.1 million);
  • Route 309 pavement preservation project in Bucks County ($54.3 million);
  • U.S. 30 ITS enhancement project in Chester County ($8.1 million);
  • Interstate 95 pavement preservation project in Delaware County ($69.1 million);
  • Three U.S. 202 widening, improvement projects in Montgomery County ($151.2 million);
  • U.S. 1 Wayne Junction Viaduct rehabilitation project in Philadelphia ($92 million);
  • Chestnut Street bridges rehabilitation project in Philadelphia ($103.3 million); and
  • Three mainline Interstate 95 reconstruction projects in Philadelphia ($ 489.3 million).

More information on PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects is available at www.projects.penndot.gov. PennDOT District 6 oversees and maintains 3,553 state highway miles and 2,760 bridges. To see all that District 6 has accomplished and continues to do visit  www.penndot.gov/D6Results

As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers.

While construction and maintenance workers are on roadways to better the public’s quality of life, PennDOT and safety partners urged motorists to help keep workers and themselves safe by obeying speed limits and avoiding distracted driving.

In 2020, there were 1,412 work zone crashes, statewide, resulting in 15 fatalities. Since 1970, 89 PennDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty statewide.

PennDOT, in partnership with The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Pennsylvania State Police, enacted the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program where cameras were deployed in active work zones in March 2020. Locations are posted on WorkZoneCameras.PennDOT.gov. The program aims to reduce work zone speeds, change driver behavior, and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists. Results have shown that vehicles traveling over the posted work zone speed limit has seen a 16.6 percent reduction since AWSZE began last March.

If you encounter our work zones, please keep the following tips in mind for your safety and the safety of highway workers:

  • Drive the posted work-zone speed limit;
  • Avoid distractions, stay off your phone, and give your full attention to the road;
  • Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers;
  • Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so;
  • Maintain a safe distance around vehicles. Don’t tailgate;
  • Always buckle up;
  • Traffic patterns can change rapidly;
  • When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible;
  • If driving a large truck or bus, remember you have limited maneuverability, so proceed with caution; and
  • Slow down.

To learn more about work zone safety and other PennDOT safety initiatives, visit PennDOT.gov/Safety.

PennDOT to Begin Project to Widen and Improve 1.5 Miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction will begin on Monday, March 22, on a project to widen and improve a 1.5-mile section of U.S.1 between the Neshaminy and Penndel/Business U.S. 1 interchanges in Bensalem and Middletown townships, Bucks County.
 
Beginning Monday, March 22, through Wednesday, March 24, from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane in each direction while crews set construction barrier along the northbound and southbound shoulders beginning at the ramps on the north side of the Neshaminy Interchange through the Penndel/Business U.S.1 split.
 
Barrier placement also will take place along the ramp from southbound Business U.S. 1 (Old Lincoln Highway) at the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 exit to southbound U.S. 1, reducing the ramp to a single lane.
 
Working behind the barriers during the initial stage of the section RC2 project, crews will begin clearing operations and installation of environmental controls before starting large-scale excavation of the northbound and southbound embankments.
 
In addition to the new lane restrictions, periodic nighttime lane closures also will be in place on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 for the ongoing construction to widen and improve U.S. 1 between the Old Lincoln Highway intersection and the Neshaminy Interchange.
 
Under the RC2 contract, PennDOT’s contractor will make the following improvements on U.S. 1:

  • Construct a third travel lane in each direction from just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange to the Penndel/U.S.1 Business Interchange;
  • Add an auxiliary in each direction between interchanges from the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange, through the Neshaminy Interchange, to the Penndel/Business U.S.1 Interchange;
  • Reconfigure and improve the Neshaminy Interchange;
  • Improve the Penndel/Business U.S.1 Interchange by upgrading the ramps to current design standards and installing longer ramp acceleration/deceleration lanes;
  • Construct new retaining walls along the northbound exit ramp at the Neshaminy Interchange and along northbound U.S. 1 north and south of the bridge over Neshaminy Creek.
  • Install a sound barrier wall along southbound U.S. 1 on the bridge over Business U.S. 1 and CSX/SEPTA rail lines continuing north to Old Lincoln Highway;
  • Reconstruct bridges over Rockhill Drive, the Neshaminy Creek (new separate northbound and southbound bridges), and over Business U.S.1 and CSX/SEPTA rail lines (new separate northbound and southbound bridges);
  • Reconstruct and improve sections of Rockhill Drive, Business U.S. 1 and Old Lincoln Highway;
  • Install 10 new sign structures, three Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), new traffic signals and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) equipment;
  • Relocate water service lines; and
  • Upgrade highway drainage and stormwater systems. 

JD Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, PA, is the 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 to be completed in mid-2026.
 
Section RC2 is the second 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. 

PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Commercial Driver Licenses, Commercial Learner’s Permits

Commercial product extensions set to expire March 31, 2021

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

This will be the final extension for the following products’ expiration dates:

  • The expiration date for a commercial learner’s permit scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2021, is extended through March 31, 2021.
  • The expiration date for commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2021, is extended through March 31, 2021.

Customers with commercial products that are covered by the extension but have not yet been renewed are encouraged to renew their CDL products as soon as possible by March 31, 2021.  No further extensions will be given on these products.

Expiration extension deadlines on non-commercial driver license, photo identification cards, learner’s permits and camera cards ended on August 31, 2020.

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.

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

PennDOT Urges Caution in Work Zones 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is urging motorists to drive safely in work zones after three separate work zone intrusions resulted in motorists hitting a PennDOT crash truck.

“Even though construction season is winding down in many places, we still have road crews out there,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “Please don’t speed, never drive distracted, and always buckle up, especially in work zones.”

According to PennDOT data, in 2019 there were 1,754 work zone crashes, resulting in 16 fatalities. Since 1970, 89 PennDOT employees have died in the line of duty.

In addition to crash data from police reports, PennDOT monitors work-zone safety with internal reports. As of November 10, there have been 72 reported intrusions in PennDOT work zones. Of those work-zone intrusions, seven resulted in injures to PennDOT employees, 25 caused damage to PennDOT fleet or equipment, and 40 did not result in injury or damage but had the potential to do so.
 
Pennsylvania law states that anyone stopped by law enforcement for violating the posted speed limit by more than 5 mph will face doubled fines. The fine is determined based on the amount the driver is traveling over the speed limit. Governor Tom Wolf signed a law in 2016 that says any driver who causes serious bodily injury within a work zone could face up to $5,000 in fines and a six-month license suspension, and a driver causing a death within a work zone could face up to a $10,000 fine and one-year license suspension. Drivers who don’t turn on their headlights in posted work zones face a $25 fine.
 
Additionally, in an effort to change unsafe driving behaviors in work zones, Pennsylvania’s Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement began earlier this year. The 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 can be deployed in active work zones, where workers are present, on the turnpike as well as any active work zone on a federal aid highway – this includes higher class roadways like interstates, major arterials, and numbered routes. 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.
 
For more information on work zone safety visit, www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.