March 18, 2017
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Traffic Alert-Plus:  

Mid-County Express E-ZPass Interchange to Close; PennDOT Wants to Hear From You 


The Pennsylvania Turnpike advises motorists traveling Interstate 476 using the Mid-County Express E-ZPass Only Interchange (Exit 20) that the northbound and southbound lanes will be closed for three weeks starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, through 6 a.m. on Monday, April 10. E-ZPass customers will still be able to use the traditional E-ZPass lanes (5 mph) to the right of the express lanes. The three-week closure is necessary for crews to safely upgrade the overhead electronic tolling equipment for open road tolling.

 
PennDOT Wants to Hear from You
PennDOT’s State Transportation Commission is currently seeking input regarding residents’ transportation priorities regarding safety, mobility, system preservation and accountability as part of its work to update the Twelve Year Program, which outlines Pennsylvania’s next 12 years of transportation projects. 

Residents are encouraged to review the 2017 Transportation Performance Report, register for the online public meeting and take the survey via www.TalkPATransportation.com through April 19.

The online public meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, March 21. During the live Webcast, Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards will provide an update on the Transportation Performance Report and the public comment period. Richards, STC members and PennDOT staff will answer questions submitted before and during the meeting. Questions may be submitted in advance to ra-penndotstc@pa.gov.

Through April 19, the public can also submit feedback by taking the survey online at www.TalkPATransportation.com, emailing ra-penndotstc@pa.gov or calling 717-783-2262 to request a printed survey copy.
                                          

Community Corner

 
March is License Your Dog Month, so if you haven’t already gotten your canine companion his or her 2017 license, now is the time to do it! State law says pet owners must license their dogs ages 3 months and older. Failure can result in a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50, and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50, and lifetime fee is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. Dog licenses are available from the Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office. Click here for information.
             
The week’s construction activity (weather permitting), as provided by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is as follows:
     
Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Township Line Road in Whitpain Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Township Line Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Kimberly Drive and Oak Drive in Whitpain and East Norriton townships Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Route 63 (Welsh Road): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Limekiln Pike and Butler Pike in Horsham Township through Monday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Norristown Road: Day
Lane closures are planned between Bethlehem Pike and Tennis Avenue in Lower Gwynedd Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike): Day
Lane closures are planned between Harleysville Pike and Bethlehem Pike Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation. The work area includes Lower Salford, Towamencin, Upper Gwynedd, Lower Gwynedd and Montgomery townships, and North Wales Borough.

Route 309: Day
A northbound shoulder closure is planned between Norristown Road and McKean Road in Lower Gwynedd Township on Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

A southbound shoulder closure is planned between Willow Grove Avenue and Waverly Road in Cheltenham Township on Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Lane restrictions are planned in both directions between Pennsylvania Avenue and Camp Hill Road in Whitemarsh Township and between Highland Avenue and Fort Washington Avenue in Upper Dublin Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for surveying.

Intermittent lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Cheltenham Avenue and Route 63 (Welsh Road) in Cheltenham, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Lower Gwynedd townships Monday through Thursday, March 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Blue Route: Day
Intermittent lane closures are scheduled in both directions between the turnpike/Interstate 276 interchange and County Line Road in West Conshohocken Borough, and Plymouth and Lower Merion townships Monday through Thursday, March 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Schuylkill Expressway: Overnight/Day
On Monday, March 20, the eastbound right lane will be closed between the Gulph Mills and Interstate 476 interchanges in Upper Merion Township from midnight to 6 a.m. for bridge inspection.

The westbound right lanes will be closed between the Gulph Mills and King of Prussia/Norristown interchanges in Upper Merion Township on Tuesday, March 21, from midnight to 6 a.m. for bridge inspection.

Lane closures are planned at the Matsonford Road interchange for bridge inspection. The eastbound right lane will be closed Wednesday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the westbound right lane will be closed Thursday, March 23, also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Intermittent lane closures are scheduled in both directions between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 1 (City Avenue) in West Conshohocken Borough and Upper and Lower Merion townships Monday through Thursday, March 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Route 1 (City Avenue): Day
The right lane will be closed in both directions between Lapsley Avenue and Bala Avenue in Lower Merion Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb ramp reconstruction.

The right lane is also closed between Lapsley Avenue and 54th Street/Old Lancaster Road in Lower Merion Township through Friday, March 31, for curb ramp construction. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Route 422: Day/Overnight/Weekend
Watch for a moving operation in both directions between the Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) interchanges in Lower Providence, Upper Providence, Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships, Montgomery County, and North Coventry Township, Chester County, Monday through Thursday, March 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for patching.

Shoulder restrictions are planned between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Township Line Road interchanges in Lower Providence and Upper Providence townships Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for trash pickup and removal.

Lane restrictions are planned on the eastbound off-ramp to Route 23 in Upper Merion and West Norriton townships on Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for material and equipment delivery.

The eastbound left lane will be closed between the Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) and Sanatoga interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township Thursday and Friday, March 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for bridge construction.

Eastbound lane closures remain in place between the Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) and Sanatoga interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays, and westbound lane closures are in place in the same area from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends through March 31.

Germantown Pike: Day/Overnight
Lane closures are planned between Interstate 476 and Swede Road in East Norriton and Plymouth townships Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Bethlehem Pike: Day
Lane closures are planned between McLaughlin Road and Bergey Road in Montgomery and Hatfield townships Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Meyers Road/Plank Road/Route 73/Route 29: Day
Lane restrictions are scheduled on Plank Road, Meyers Road, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Perkiomen and Skippack townships for intersection reconstruction. The schedule is as follows:

  • Plank Road will be restricted between Route 29 (Gravel Pike) and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pole relocations.
  • Meyers Road will be restricted between Seitz Road and Miller Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility and fiber optic installation.
  • Route 73 (Skippack Pike) will be restricted between Squirrel Hill Road and Perkiomen Creek Road in Skippack Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for clearing and grubbing.
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) will be restricted between Miller Road and Harrison Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pole relocations.

             
Route 73 (Skippack Pike): Day
A lane closure is planned between Evansburg Road and Hendrick Road in Skippack Township Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge inspection.

Buchert Road: Day
Lane closures are planned at Pleasantview Road, North Washington Street and Mervine Street in Lower Pottsgrove Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Mervine Street: Day
A lane closure is planned at North Franklin Street in Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Route 611 (Old York Road): Overnight/Weekend
Lane restrictions are planned between Jericho Road and Hamilton Avenue in Abington Township Sunday through Saturday, March 19-25, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge work.

Willow Grove Avenue: Day
Lane closures are planned at Cobden Road, Gladstone Road, Fenton Road, Newbold Lane and Froebel Road in Springfield and Cheltenham townships Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue): Day
Lane restrictions are planned in both directions between Church Road and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Lower Merion Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility adjustments.

Belmont Avenue: Day
The road is closed and detoured between Rockhill Road and Conshohocken State Road in Lower Merion Township for utility installation by Aqua Pennsylvania. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and work is expected to conclude by March 24.

Ashbourne Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between West Avenue and Lodges Lane in Cheltenham Township on Monday, March 20, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Crawford Avenue: Day
A lane closure is planned at Bar Harbor Drive in West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Hartman Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Route 309 and Route 463 (Horsham Road) in Montgomery Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility adjustments.

Wynnewood Road: Day
The right lane will be closed between East Spring Avenue and Athens Avenue in Lower Merion Township on Wednesday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Route 113 (Harleysville Pike): Overnight/Weekend
The road will be closed and detoured between Schoolhouse Road and Allentown Road in Franconia Township Saturday, March 18, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge beam installation.

North Lewis Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Country Club Road and Abby Drive in Limerick Township Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road): Day
A lane closure is planned at Cornell Road and Dartmouth Road in Lower Merion Township Monday through Friday, March 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Main Street, Collegeville: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Sixth and Eighth avenues in Collegeville Borough through Wednesday, March 29, for utility installation. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
                                      

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.
  • Swedeland Road is closed and detoured between Trinity Road and Holstein Road in Upper Merion Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main installation by Aqua Pennsylvania. Projected end date: March 31.
  • Township Line Road in Jenkintown is closed and detoured between Greenwood Avenue and Washington Lane, and there are lane restrictions between Washington Lane and Route 611 (Old York Road) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation by Aqua Pennsylvania. Projected end date: May 26.
  • Route 663 (Layfield Road) is closed and detoured between Kutztown Road and Schoolhouse Road in Upper Hanover Township for bridge rehabilitation. A round-the-clock detour takes traffic over Route 29 (Gravel Pike), Route 100 and Route 73 (Big Road). Projected end date: August.
  • East Walnut Street is closed and a 24-hour detour in place between Route 309 and County Line Road in Hatfield Township for bridge replacement. Projected end date: Sept. 28.
  • Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) is closed and detoured between County Line Road and Westminster Drive in Warrington Township, Bucks County. Traffic will be detoured over Lower State Road and County Line Road. Projected end date: October.
  • Lane restrictions are planned on Route 63 (Main Street) between Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) and Carrie Lane in Lower Salford Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for roadway and culvert widening. Projected end date: Nov. 1.
  • Edge Hill Road is closed and detoured between Ferndale Avenue and Hamilton Avenue in Abington Township for bridge rehabilitation. Projected end date: November.
  • County Line Road is closed and detoured weekdays between Route 23 and Gulph Road in Upper Merion Township for road work by the Valley Forge National Historical Park. The detour begins at 7 a.m. Mondays and continues around the clock through 5 p.m. on Fridays. Projected end date: December.
  • 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 2018.
  • 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 2018.
  • 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 2018.
  • County Line Road is now reopened between Fairmont Avenue and Park Road following the completion of structural repairs to the bridge over a branch of Little Neshaminy Creek. The bridge is now posted with a 10-ton weight limit until the bridge can be replaced in 2018. Drivers of trucks and other large vehicles weighing in excess of 10 tons are advised to use the following alternate routes: from westbound County Line Road, follow Route 611 north (Easton Road) to Street Road west to Lower State Road; from eastbound County Line Road, follow Route 152 (Limekiln Road) to Route 463 (Horsham Road) to Route 611 south (Easton Road); from northbound Route 611 (Easton Road), follow Route 463 (Horsham Road) to Route 202; and from southbound Route 611 (Easton Road), follow Street Road west to Lower State Road.

              
Northeast Extension       
Please note: Route 363 (Valley Forge Road) will be closed and detoured between Morris Road and Hunter Hill Drive in Upper Gwynedd and Towamencin townships Monday through Wednesday, March 27-29, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge beam installation. Also, Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) will be closed and detoured between Schoolhouse Road and Allentown Road in Franconia Township on Saturday, March 18, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge beam installation.

Green Lane Road is closed at the turnpike underpass between Liberty Bell Drive and the intersection of Canterbury Road/Morgan Way in Towamencin Township for demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge. Bustard Road will be the alternate route around the underpass during the closure, which will be in effect through spring 2017.
  
Zone 1: Berks Road to Morris Road – Grading, seeding and paving.
  
Zone 2: Morris Road to Valley Forge Road – Grading and seeding. 
    
Zone 3: Valley Forge Road to Kriebel Road – Roadway excavation and grading and seeding. Valley Forge Road bridge work to include substructure construction.
               
Zone 4: Kriebel Road to Bustard Road – Roadway excavation and grading and seeding. Green Lane Road bridge work to include road closure and substructure construction.
                 
Zone 5: Bustard Road to Sumneytown Pike – Grading and seeding, and roadway excavation.
                 
Zone 6: Sumneytown Pike to Skippack Creek Bridge – Grading and seeding, and roadway excavation. Lansdale interchange ramp work to include barrier work.
                          
Zone 7: Skippack Creek Bridge to Fretz Road – Roadway excavation and paving.

For construction updates about the turnpike, call the toll-free construction hotline at 1-877-855-2545 or visit the project website.

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.

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