U.S. 1, Street Road (Route 132) Lane Closures at Night Feb. 16-21 for Construction in Bensalem Township

Single lane closures will be in place periodically on U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) on Sunday, February 16, through Friday, February 21, from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning for bridge and roadway construction activities on 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.

The work locations are:

  • Northbound or southbound U.S. 1 between Rockhill Drive and Old Lincoln Highway; and
  • 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.

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.

U.S. 1, Street Road lane closures

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.  

PennDOT, TSA Remind Pennsylvanians About REAL ID Enforcement

Federal enforcement begins October 1, 2020

Allentown, PA – Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminded Pennsylvanians to upgrade their driver’s license or identification card to a REAL ID-compliant version at an event at the Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Beginning October 1, 2020, a federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards have been available at the customer’s option since March 2019. 

“We understand that October may seem like a long time from now, but it will be here before we know it,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers. “We encourage residents interested in applying for a REAL ID to start the process now and be aware of all the document requirements.”

To date, more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. Based on data from other states with optional REAL ID programs, PennDOT anticipates that approximately 1.3 million of its customers will get a REAL ID before the federal enforcement deadline of October 1, 2020.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the below documents:

  • Proof of Identity: Examples include original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport;
  • Proof of Social Security Number:  Social security card, in current legal name;
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address: Examples include a current, unexpired PA driver’s license or identification card, vehicle registration or a utility bill with the same name and address; and  
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes (if current legal name is different than what is reflected on proof of identity document): Examples include a certified marriage certificate(s) issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order(s) approving a change in legal name or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics. If current name is the same as what is reflected on proof of identity document (usually birth certificate or passport), a customer does not need to show proof of legal name changes.

Customers can bring the required documents to any PennDOT Driver License Center. More info about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

PennDOT, PA Turnpike Announce the Start of Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Pre-Enforcement Period

U.S. 1 Improvement Project Area included in the program

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced that the required 60-day pre-enforcement period for the statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program has begun and will last until March 4, 2020. Pennsylvania’s AWZSE program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits using electronic speed timing devices.

The AWZSE program was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in Act 86 of 2018. During the pre-enforcement period, automated speed enforcement units will be deployed in active work zones, but violations will not be issued. 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.

“It’s important to remember that the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program isn’t about issuing violations, it’s about saving lives,” said acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “The goal is to encourage motorists to slow down in work zones, change their behavior, and ultimately improve safety for both motorists and workers.”

AWZSE systems are only operational in active work zones where workers are present. Once enforcement begins on March 4, 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.

“When a crash occurs in an active work zone, it’s just as likely to result in death or injury to a driver or passenger inside that vehicle,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “This program is about protecting everybody’s safety. If not for these workers in an active work zone, I ask you to slow down for yourself and other travelers.”

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.

Construction Update: Winter 2019/2020

U.S. 1 Northbound Reconstruction Finishes, Work Shifts to Middle

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.

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.

CLICK HERE to read the Spring 2018 Construction Update.

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.

CLICK HERE to read the Winter 2018-2019 Construction Update

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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Construction Update: Winter 2018/2019

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.

CLICK HERE to read the Fall 2018 Construction Update.