September 22, 2017
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Don’t Be Scammed by Skimmers 

                                   
In light of a series of recent ATM skimming incidents around Montgomery County, it’s important we all pay closer to attention to where we use our cards and take steps to protect ourselves.

Skimmers are devices that steal your information when a credit or debit card is swiped or inserted. Often combined with a concealed camera, thieves can also record your Personal Identification Number (PIN). With this information, thieves can withdraw money from your bank account and make unauthorized purchases. Additionally, the thieves may sell this information to others.

The Department of Agriculture recently offered the following tips to help protect you against skimming, not only at ATMs, but also gas pumps, self-checkout lines and more:
  • Use ATMs in well-lit, secure locations and avoid using ATMs that are stand-alone units in corners of stores or other out-of-the-way locations.
  • Look at the card reader slot and surrounding areas to see if anything looks out of place, mismatched or loose.
  • Consider using your credit card instead of your debit card to avoid compromising your PIN and to gain other consumer protections.
  • Choose gas pumps that are closer to and within the line of vision of the cashiers.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements frequently to watch for fraudulent activity and report any unfamiliar activity immediately.
Read more here.

Northeast Extension Closure Planned Next Weekend
A portion of the Northeast Extension in the Lehigh Valley area will be CLOSED next weekend for a bridge replacement project. The closure, which will take place from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, through 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, will require travelers to take a 70-mile detour around the project area. Through-traffic will be detoured between the Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) and Pocono (Exit 95) interchanges. Click here for additional information, including a map of the detour route.

Capitol Corner

 
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The state House recently approved my resolution designating September as Civic Education Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. And while the month is quickly drawing to a close, it’s ALWAYS a good time to learn about and be more active participants in our representative Democracy. Thank you, again, to Ricky Buttacavoli of North Wales for leading this effort locally. If you’d like to learn more about your state government, there are plenty of links on my website, www.KateHarper.net, to help. The House Session Information tab includes links to House calendars to see what’s on the voting schedule, the Electronic Bill Room to look up legislation, and How They Voted will give you roll call votes on bills considered on the House floor. If you’re interested in the state’s finances, you may want to check out www.PennWATCH.gov for detailed information about spending, revenue and more.
             
It’s still summer road construction season and many roads are impacted. Be patient. Be considerate of the workers and look forward to a better commutes in the future while enduring the delays. The week’s construction activity (weather permitting), as provided by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is as follows:

Route 320 (Montgomery Avenue): Day
The road will be closed and detoured between Old Gulph Road and Spring Mill Road in Lower Merion Township Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 24-28, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for beam replacement on the overpass carrying northbound Interstate 476 over Route 320 (Montgomery Avenue). During construction, Montgomery Avenue motorists will be detoured over Old Gulph Road and Spring Mill Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. The underside of the northbound I-476 bridge over Route 320 (Montgomery Avenue) was struck by a large truck on July 22, which resulted in damage to the concrete fascia beam. Following the incident, the bridge was categorized as structurally deficient.

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, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Township Line Road, and between Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Cherry Lane in Whitpain Township Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Route 309: Day
Intermittent right lane closures are planned between Routes 202 and 152 in Montgomery and Hatfield townships Monday through Thursday, Sept. 25-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for inlet repair.

Norristown Road: Day
Lane closures are planned between Bethlehem Pike and Tennis Avenue in Lower Gwynedd Township Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Schuylkill Expressway: Overnight
Overnight lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Route 202 and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Upper Merion and Lower Merion Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.; Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 24-28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. for milling and concrete patching operations.

Route 1 (City Avenue): Day
The southbound right lane is scheduled between Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) and Bryn Mawr Avenue in Lower Merion Township Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25-26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal operations.

Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike): Day
Lane closures are planned between Harleysville Pike and Bethlehem Pike Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, 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 63: Day
Lane restrictions are scheduled between Edge Hill Road and Washington Lane in Abington Township on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for high-friction resurfacing operations.

Germantown Pike: Day
Lane closures are planned between Interstate 476 and Swede Road in East Norriton and Plymouth townships Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Route 611 (Old York Road): Day
Lane restrictions are scheduled in both directions between Jericho Road and Hamilton Avenue in Abington Township Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for overhead bridge work.

Route 611 (Easton Road): Day
A lane closure is planned between Hope Depot Drive and Mill Road in Upper Moreland Township on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Blue Route: Day/Overnight
A shoulder closure is planned between Interstates 76 and 95 in Lower Merion Township and Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS fiber 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, Sept. 28-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

A right lane closure is planned between the Sanatoga and Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25-26, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sign installation.

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.

Bethlehem Pike: Day
Lane closures are planned between McLaughlin Road and Bergey Road in Montgomery and Hatfield townships Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Plymouth Road: Day
A lane closure is planned between West Germantown Pike and Irwins Lane in Plymouth Township on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Route 23 (Valley Forge Road): Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Beidler Road and Moore Road in Upper Merion Township on Monday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for landscaping.

Various Municipalities: Day
Watch for a slow-moving operation painting traffic lines in Norristown, Upper Providence, Lower Providence, Limerick and Whitemarsh townships Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29.

Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Simpson Road and Indian Creek Road in Lower Merion Township Monday through Friday, Sept. 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for fiber optic installation.

South Henderson Road: Day
A Lane closure is planned between Shoemaker Road and West Church Road in Upper Merion Township Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 26-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Argyle Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Chatham Road and Wynnewood Road in Lower Merion Township weekdays starting Tuesday, Sept. 26, for utility installation. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the project is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.

Conshohocken State Road: Day
The right lane will be closed between East Levering Mill Road and Overhill Road in Lower Merion Township Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

North Broad Street, Hatfield Township: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Montgomery Street and Lynwood Road in Hatfield Township weekdays starting Wednesday, Sept. 27, for sidewalk installation. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the project is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.

Whitehall Road: Day
The road will be closed and detoured between Main Street and Marshall Street in West Norriton Township on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. for pipe replacement.                                    

Ongoing Traffic Restrictions
  • The Valley Green Road bridge, which spans the Wissahickon Creek and connects Whitemarsh and Flourtown near the Erdenheim Farm, remains closed due to safety concerns discovered during an inspection in late July.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weeknight lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 63 (Welsh Road) between Kimball Avenue and Edge Hill Road in Abington and Upper Moreland townships from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for milling, paving and utility adjustments. Projected end date: Sept. 29.
  • Lane closures are in place on Route 63 (Welsh Road) between Twining Road and Computer Avenue in Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland townships weekdays starting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for deck rehabilitation. Projected end date: Sept. 30.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Blair Mill Road between West Moreland Avenue and Horsham Road in Horsham Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb installation and road widening. Projected end date: Oct. 6.
  • Weeknight lane restrictions are in place on Route 113 (3rd Avenue/Rahns Road) between Boro Line Road and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Trappe Borough and Perkiomen Township from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for milling and paving. Projected end date: Oct. 13.
  • Church Road is closed between Gulph Road and Henderson Road in Upper Merion Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main installation by Aqua Pennsylvania. During construction, motorists will be detoured over Gulph Road and Henderson Road. Projected end date: Oct. 31.
  • Matsonford Road is closed between Route 320 (Montgomery Avenue) and Old Gulph Road in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge repair. During construction, Matsonford Road motorists will be detoured over Route 320 and Old Gulph Road. Projected end date: Mid-October.
  • 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.
  • Weekday lane restrictions with flagging are in place on Egypt Road between Green Tree Road and Page Lane in Upper Providence Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main installation. Projected end date: Nov. 1.
  • 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.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Cheltenham Avenue between Lanfair Road and Rowland Avenue in Cheltenham Township and Philadelphia for gas main replacement. Work hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Projected end date: Nov. 2.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Route 363 (Trooper Road) between Eisenhower Avenue and Shannondell Boulevard in Lower Providence Township for road widening and utility improvements. Work hours are overnights from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • Church Road is closed and detoured between Washington Lane and York Road in Cheltenham Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Dec. 29.
  • 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.

           

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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