May 12, 2017
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Ensuring Coverage for
Lyme Disease Treatment 


 
To help ensure patients have access to available and emerging diagnostics and treatment options for Lyme disease and related tick-borne diseases, House Bill 174 was reported out of the House Health Committee this week.

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has ranked highest in the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease, with 10,817 in 2015. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released a study last year confirming a high risk of Lyme in every county of the Commonwealth.

House Bill 174 would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

With the tick risk continuing to rise across the Commonwealth, it is important to be vigilant in protecting yourself and your loved ones from tick bites. Use insect repellent with DEET, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, and always check for ticks when you return from being outdoors.

For more information about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, click here.
                                   

State Funds Awarded for Whitpain Township
Traffic Signal Upgrade
 

Earlier this week, Whitpain Township was granted more than $79,500 in funding to support traffic signal equipment upgrades at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike. The funding was awarded through the PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program, which helps municipalities across the state upgrade traffic signals to boost safety.
             
The week’s construction activity (weather permitting), as provided by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is as follows:

North Wales Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between North Wales Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in Upper Gwynedd Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb ramp installation.

Route 611 (Old York Road): Day/Overnight
Lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Jericho Road and Hamilton Avenue in Abington Township Sunday through Saturday, May 14-20, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for overhead bridge work.

Lane restrictions also are planned in the same area Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge work.

Bethlehem Pike: Day/Overnight
Lane restrictions are planned between Butler Avenue and Church Road in Ambler and between Butler Avenue and Montgomery Avenue in Upper Dublin Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving.

Lane closures are planned between McLaughlin Road and Bergey Road in Montgomery and Hatfield townships Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Overnight
Lane restrictions are planned between the Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Cherry Road in Whitpain Township on Monday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for milling, and Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Lane restrictions are also planned between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Township Line Road in Whitpain Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, 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 and between Swede Road and DeKalb Pike in Whitpain and East Norriton townships Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Norristown Road: Day
Lane closures are planned between Bethlehem Pike and Tennis Avenue in Lower Gwynedd Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, 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, May 15-19, 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.

Germantown Pike: Day
Lane closures are planned between Interstate 476 and Swede Road in East Norriton and Plymouth townships Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Lane restrictions are planned between Plymouth Road and Launfall Road in Plymouth Township Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for core boring and conduit installation.

Route 309: Overnight/Day
Lane restrictions are planned in both directions between East Valley Green Road and Fort Washington Avenue in Upper Dublin Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for fence removal on turnpike above.

A right should restriction is planned in both directions between Route2 152 and 63 in Cheltenham, Springfield, Whitemarsh, Upper Dublin and Lower Gwynedd townships on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for mowing.

Stenton Avenue: Day
Lane restrictions are planned at Narcissa Road and Norristown Road Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for surface treatment.

The road will be closed weekdays between Hillcrest Avenue and Whitemarsh Avenue in Springfield Township starting Friday, May 19, for gas main installation. The weekday closure will be in effect through mid-July. During construction, Stenton Avenue motorists will be detoured over Hillcrest Avenue, Germantown Avenue and Northwestern Avenue. Works hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Audubon Road: Day
The road will be closed between Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Pawlings Road in Lower Providence Township on Monday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drainage pipe repair. During this one-day closure, motorists will be directed to use Route 363 (Trooper Road), Egypt Road and Pawlings Road.

Additionally, overnight lane restrictions are planned in the same area Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving.

Blue Route: Day
Watch for a moving operation in both directions between the Turnpike/Interstate 276 interchange and County Line Road in Plymouth and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Thursday, May 15-18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Schuylkill Expressway: Day
Watch for right shoulder restrictions in both directions between Route 202 and City Avenue in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships and Conshohocken Borough Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Route 1 (City Avenue): Overnight
Lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Presidential Boulevard in Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township, on Sunday and Monday, May 14-15, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for line painting.

Lane closures are also planned in both directions between Wynnewood Avenue and Kings Grant Avenue in Lower Merion Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for traffic signal equipment installation.

Wynnewood Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Penn Road and Wynnewood Avenue in Lower Merion Township Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

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, May 15-18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for patching and sweeping bridge deck.

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 Oct. 29.

Route 23 (Valley Forge Road): Day
Lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Moore Road and Gulph Road in Upper Merion and West Norriton townships Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pier construction.

The right lane will be closed between Beidler Road and Moore Road in Upper Merion Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Meyers Road/Route 73/Route 29: Day/Overnight
Lane restrictions are scheduled on Meyers Road, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Perkiomen and Skippack townships for intersection reconstruction. The schedule is as follows:
  • Meyers Road will see lane restrictions between Seitz Road and Miller Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for excavation and grading for curb installation.
  • Route 73 (Skippack Pike) will see lane restrictions between Squirrel Hill Road and Perkiomen Creek Road in Skippack Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for clearing and grubbing and pole relocations.
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) will see lane restrictions between Miller Road and Harrison Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pole relocations.
          
Route 29: Overnight
Lane restrictions are planned between Hasson Road and Black Rock Road in Upper Providence Township Tuesday through Thursday, May 16-18, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for milling.

Black Rock Road: Overnight
Lane restrictions are planned between Collegeville Road and Hollow Road in Upper Providence Township Tuesday through Thursday, May 16-18, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for milling.

Route 73 (Skippack Pike): Day
Lane restrictions are planned at Store Road in Skippack Township Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Store Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Goshen Drive in Skippack Township starting Tuesday, May 16, for utility installation. Work hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work is scheduled to conclude by June 14.

Buchert Road: Day
Lane closures are planned at Pleasantview Road, North Washington Street and Mervine Street in Lower Pottsgrove Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Pleasantview Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Foxtail Drive and North Sanatoga Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for surface treatment.

Mervine Street: Day
A lane closure is planned at North Franklin Street in Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Route 29 (Main Street): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Seventh and Ninth streets in Pennsburg Borough Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to3 p.m. for mast arm installation.

Route 663 (Layfield Road): Overnight
Lane restrictions are planned between Hill Road and Kings Road in New Hanover Township, between Montgomery Avenue and Route 29 (Main Street) in Pennsburg Borough, and between Hill Road and Montgomery Avenue in Upper Hanover Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for milling and paving.

Washington Lane: Day
The right lane will be closed between Glenside Avenue and Township Line Road in Pottstown Borough Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge cleaning.

Huntingdon Pike: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Moreland Road and Moredon Road and between Moreland Road and Old Welsh Road in Pottstown Borough Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge cleaning.

Union Avenue: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Mountain Avenue and Montgomery Avenue in Pottstown Borough Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge cleaning.

Schoolhouse Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Kulp Road and Halterman Road in Franconia Township Monday through Friday, May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for conduit installation.

Jenkintown Road: Overnight
The road is scheduled to close between Forrest Avenue and Meetinghouse Road in Abington Township Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway base repair. During this two-day closure, motorists will be directed to use Forrest Avenue, Route 73 (Township Line Road) and Meetinghouse Road.

East Pennsylvania Avenue: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between West Pennsylvania Avenue and Camp Hill Road in Whitemarsh Township Wednesday and Thursday, May 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for core boring and conduit installation.

Cedar Road: Overnight
Cedar Road is scheduled to close between Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike) and Route 73 (Township Line Road) in Abington Township Wednesday and Thursday, May 17-18, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway base repair. During this two-day closure, motorists will be directed to use Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike), Church Road and Route 73 (Township Line Road).

Route 320 (South Gulph Road): Day
The southbound right lane will be closed between Trinity Road and Gypsy Lane in Upper Merion Township on Monday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon for bridge inspection. The northbound right lane will be closed from noon to 3 p.m.

Swamp Creek/Miller Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Whites Mill Road and Upper Ridge Road in Marlborough Township starting Monday, May 15, for milling and paving. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and the work is expected to conclude by Wednesday, May 24.

Route 202: Day
The right lane will be closed between DeKalb Street and Main Street in Bridgeport Borough for bridge inspection. The northbound right lane will be closed on Thursday, May 18, and the southbound right lane on Friday, May 19, both from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mauger Mill Road: Day
A shoulder closure is planned between North Hanover Street and Patricia Lane in Upper Pottsgrove Township Thursday and Friday, May 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for core boring.

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.
  • Belmont Avenue is closed and detoured between Rock Hill Road and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Lower Merion Township for utility installation. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Projected end date: May 19.
  • 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.
  • Weekday lane restrictions with flagging are in place on Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) between Godshall Road and Telford Pike in Franconia Township for water main installation by the North Penn Water Authority. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Projected end date: June 16.
  • Lane closures are in place on Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) at Tennis Avenue in Ambler Borough weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pipe installation. Projected end date: July 31.
  • 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.
  • South Lewis Road is closed and detoured between Borough Line Road and Bechtel Road in Upper Providence Township for utility installation. The 24-hour detour will remain in place through 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.
  • Plank Road is closed and detoured between Route 29 (Gravel Pike) and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) for a safety improvement project. Motorists will be detoured over Route 29 (Gravel Pike), Haldeman Road and Route 73 (Skippack Pike). 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: Nov. 1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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 and seeding. Bridge painting planned on Berks Road and Schultz Road bridges.

Zone 2: Morris Road to Valley Forge Road – Grading and seeding.

Zone 3: Valley Forge Road to Kriebel Road – Grading and seeding. Valley Forge Road bridge work to include bridge painting and bridge deck construction.

Zone 4: Kriebel Road to Bustard Road – Grading, seeding and paving. Green Lane Road bridge work to include road closure and bridge deck construction.

Zone 5: Bustard Road to Sumneytown Pike – Grading, seeding and paving.

Zone 6: Sumneytown Pike to Skippack Creek Bridge – Grading and seeding. Wambold Road bridge work to include bridge painting.

Zone 7: Skippack Creek Bridge to Fretz Road – Paving. Skippack Creek bridge work to include bridge painting.
                                                          

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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