February 16, 2017
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 Multimodal Grants Awarded to Lower Gwynedd, Gwynedd Mercy University


Two local projects have been awarded grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Lower Gwynedd Township was awarded $937,700 for improvements to the Spring House Intersection, including roadway widening, pedestrian upgrades and traffic signal upgrades to improve traffic flow and efficiency through the Bethlehem Pike, Norristown Road and Sumneytown Pike intersection.

Gwynedd Mercy University was awarded $372,260 to address multimodal hazards at the intersection of Evans Road and the campus’s main access point. The project will first address insufficient access for emergency service vehicles by restructuring the entrance and widening the road. The improvements are also necessary for the university to implement its plans to expand and build an addition to the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions.

The program is funded by Act 89 of 2013, the comprehensive transportation funding plan which I supported to make much-needed investments in highways and bridges, as well as mass transit, bike and pedestrian systems across the Commonwealth. I commend the township and the university for all of their work to make these grants – and these improvements – possible.

Northeast Extension Update
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is continuing its total reconstruction and widening project, now focusing on the seven-mile section of the highway between Milepost A31 and A38 in Lower Salford, Franconia and Salford townships. The work area is situated between the Lansdale (Exit 31) and Quakertown (Exit 44) interchanges, where motorists will encounter northbound single lane conditions Monday through Thursday nights, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for barrier placement and other construction activities.

This $225 million investment is a continuation of the commission’s long-term, 100 percent toll-financed initiative to rebuild, upgrade and modernize “America’s First Toll Road,” its bridges and facilities. Construction between A31 and A38 is expected to take about three years and will be completed with minimum impact on Turnpike travel, though occasional off-peak, short-term lane closures may be necessary for certain stages of construction. For more information about the project, click here

Legislative Offices, PennDOT Centers Closed for Holiday
In observance of Presidents Day, all PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 19. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website

My legislative offices in Blue Bell and Harrisburg will also be closed on Monday for Presidents Day.
             

Community Corner

If you are a student interested in conservation, you may want to apply for the 5th annual Schuylkill Acts and Impacts watershed expedition. This weeklong watershed expedition is offered to a team of 12 high school students from the five counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia) in the Schuylkill River watershed. Students will spend the week learning about different water quality impacts in the watershed, do hands-on testing, learn from and interact with environmental professionals throughout the watershed, and will camp, kayak, and have tons of fun. Schuylkill Acts and Impacts will be held June 16-23. Complete applications must be submitted by Friday, March 23. For more information and an application, click here.
             
The week’s construction activity (weather permitting) is as follows:

Township Line Road: Day
The road will be reduced to a single lane of traffic between Sharon Lane and Oakwood Drive in Whitpain, Plymouth, East Norriton and Worcester townships starting Monday, Feb. 19, for intersection widening and upgrades. Work hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and all traffic will be controlled by flagging. The work is expected to conclude in December.

Welsh Road: Day
A lane closure is planned between Marietta Drive and Cedar Hill Road in Lower Gwynedd Township weekdays from Thursday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, Feb. 28, for utility installation. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Route 202: Day
The northbound right lane will be closed between DeKalb Street and East Main Street in Bridgeport Borough and Norristown Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge inspection. The southbound right lane will be closed between East Main Street and Fourth Street Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., also for bridge inspection.

Blue Route: Overnight/Day
The right shoulder will be closed in both directions between Interstate 76 and Interstate 95 in Lower Merion Township and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Saturday, Feb. 19-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS conduit and fiber installation.

Lane closures are planned at the Interstate 76 interchange in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships Sunday through Thursday, Feb. 18-22, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for dam replacement.

Schuylkill Expressway: Overnight
Overnight lane closures and ramp restrictions are planned on Sundays through Thursdays starting this Sunday, Feb. 18, for construction activities to repair and resurface 12.5 miles of the expressway in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough. Single lane closures are planned in both directions from just west of Route 202 to Route 1 (City Avenue) for drainage and cleaning operations, and on the southbound Interstate 476 ramp for expansion dam replacement. Work hours are 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and the work is scheduled to conclude by March 15.  

Route 422: Day
A left lane closure is scheduled westbound between the Sanatoga and Armand Hammer Boulevard interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township on Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guide rail repairs.

The ramp from eastbound Route 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) in Upper Merion Township is closed through late summer for construction on a new fly-over ramp at the interchange. During construction, motorists will be directed to continue eastbound on Route 422, exit at First Avenue and make a left on Gulph Road to reach Route 23 (Valley Forge Road).

Route 363 (Trooper Road): Day
Lane closures are scheduled between Route 422 and Audubon Road in West Norriton Township Monday through Friday, Feb. 19-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sign maintenance.

Dreshertown Road: Day
Lane closures are planned between Camp Hill Road and Crestview Drive in Upper Dublin Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Thursday, Feb. 22, for utility installation.

Route 263 (York Road): Day
Weekday lane restrictions are planned between Route 611 (Easton Road) and Sunset Lane in Upper Moreland Township starting Monday, Feb. 19, for water main installation. Work hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the project is expected to conclude in late July.

Route 611 (Old York Road): Day
Lane closures are planned between Vista Road and Rydal Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and between Homestead Road and Cherry Street on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for utility installation.

Bridge Street: Day
Lane closures are planned between Susquehanna Drive and Wendy Way in Skippack Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Wednesday, Feb. 21, for utility installation.

Moreland Road: Day
Lane closures are planned between Harding Avenue and Lycoming Avenue in Abington Township Monday through Friday, Feb. 19-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Tree Removal Operations: Various
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled in the following locations next week for tree removal operations: Neiffer Road at Swamp Creek Road in Upper Frederick Township on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Perkiomenville Road at Rockhill Road in Upper Frederick Township on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Upper Ridge Road at Green Street in Marlborough Township on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) at Shepard Drive in Upper Dublin Township on Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Ongoing Traffic Restrictions
  • Balligomingo Road remains closed indefinitely between Route 23 (Front Street) and Portland Road in West Conshohocken for mud removal and slope stabilization. During this operation, Balligomingo Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 23 (Front Street/Schuylkill River Road) and Route 320 (Swedeland Road/Holstein Road). Local access will be maintained during the operation. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.
  • The ramp from Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) to Route 422 east is closed for the construction of a new ramp and for the reconstruction of the eastbound side of the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River. During construction, the posted detour for Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) motorists to follow to reach Route 422 east is to take Route 422 west to the Route 100 interchange, then exit at the ramp for Route 100 south and take the ramp to Route 422 east. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel along the detour route. Projected end date: March.
  • Old Forty Foot Road is closed and detoured between Township Line Road and Kober Road for rehabilitation of the structurally deficient bridge carrying the road over a branch of Skippack Creek in Lower Salford and Towamencin townships. The detour includes Sumneytown Pike, Bustard Road and Route 73 (Skippack Pike). Projected end date: June.
  • Route 422 is reduced to one lane in both directions between the Stowe and Route 100 interchanges in West Pottsgrove Township for bridge construction. Projected end date: September.
  • Lane closures are in place in both direction on Route 422 between the Sanatoga and Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) interchanges weekdays from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and weekends from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. for road and bridge construction. Projected end date: September
  • Lane restrictions are in place on County Line Road, between East Kulp Road and Stump Road in Horsham and Montgomery townships from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for utility installation. Projected end date: September.
  • Otts Road is closed and detoured between Miller Road and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) for a safety improvement project. Motorists will be detoured over Route 29 (Gravel Pike), Bridge Street, Wartman Road, Township Line Road, Seitz Road and Meyers Road. Projected end date: May 2019.
  • Route 422 is closed and detoured eastbound at the split with Benjamin Franklin Highway in West Pottsgrove, North Coventry and Douglass townships from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for resurfacing work. The ramp from Grosstown Road at the Stowe Interchange to Route 422 is closed, as is the ramp from westbound Route 422 to the Stowe Interchange. Project end date: October 2019.

           

For more information about area road projects, visit the “Road Construction and Transportation Links” section of my website or follow me on Facebook. You may also contact me directly at kharper@pahousegop.com or by calling the Blue Bell office at 610-277-3230.

Please drive carefully. 
               
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