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 for the U.S. 1 Improvements Project.
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.