August 17, 2018
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Back to School Already? 


The first day of school is just around the corner. Here are a few important reminders!

Share the Road

It’s important to remember how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles. Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Failing to stop for a school bus will result in a 60-day license suspension, $250 fine and five points on your driving record. Click here for more information and tips on school bus safety.
 
Get the Facts About Concussions
With many student athletes back in fall sports practice, students, parents and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize and manage concussions. In 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in Pennsylvania, requiring all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student athletes with concussions, as well as requiring related training for coaches. Visit the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov and search for “Traumatic Brain Injury” for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related concussion resources. If you think your child has a concussion, seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach and don’t allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.

Ensure Your Child Meets Vaccination Requirements
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding parents to ensure their children are up-to-date on vaccines as they head back to school. Under new rules adopted by the department last year, parents must get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school. Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements. For more information about the state’s immunization requirements, contact your health care provider, visit www.health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

SEPTA Key Reminder for Senior Citizens
SEPTA is again reminding seniors that the PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards (yellow and blue paper cards) are being phased out. Effective Sept. 1, seniors will need a SEPTA Key Senior ID Card or a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License or Non-Driver Photo ID with a magnetic strip on the back (issued prior to July 2017) to receive the senior fare discount.

The phaseout of the paper cards coincides with the start of an additional benefit for seniors – free Regional Rail rides for travel within Pennsylvania. Discounted half-fares will remain in place for seniors traveling to and from New Jersey and Delaware. SEPTA’s Senior Free Ride Program for travel on transit is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Most seniors who regularly ride SEPTA have already made the switch to SEPTA Key. If you haven’t yet, you are welcome to stop by my office in Blue Bell (1098 Skippack Pike) and we will be happy to assist you.

SETPA is also offering extended hours at its headquarters building, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at Suburban Station’s Accessible Travel Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., where same-day cards are issued. Registration is also available at our Transportation Management Associations (TMA). Please allow four weeks for delivery of the card.

To receive a SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card, applicants must fill out an application and show one of the following forms of identification: Pennsylvania Driver/Non-Driver ID; Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate; Yellow PACE Card (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the elderly); Statement of Age Verification from the U.S. Social Security Administration; Armed Forces Discharge/Separation Papers; or Resident Alien Card or Passport/Naturalization Papers.

For more information about the SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID, click here or call SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.                                    

Capitol Corner

Join Me for a Telephone Town Hall Meeting Monday! 
Want to learn more about state and local issues from the comfort of your own home? Join me this Monday, Aug. 20, for a telephone town hall meeting. The hour-long session will begin at 6:45 p.m. Calls inviting you to participate will start going out about five minutes before the start time. Participation is easy, as all you need to do is stay on the line to listen. To make a comment or ask a question, participants need only press *3. Citizens who miss the call or don’t receive one are invited to call in, toll-free, at 1-877-229-8493 and then enter the code 13162 anytime between 6:45-7:45 p.m. on Aug. 20. The number and passcode will only work on the scheduled date and time of the call.Audio of the call will be streamed live at https://video.teleforumonline.com/video/streaming.php?client=3162.

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We’re in the middle of paving season, and state, county and local government crews are all hard at work improving our roadways. When you get stuck in a construction zone, try to remember…it will be better in the long run! Here’s a look at this week’s construction activity (weather permitting, of course):

Planning Ahead: Township Line Road Over Stony Creek
Construction is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to rehabilitate the two-span bridge carrying Township Line Road over Stony Creek in East Norriton and Whitpain townships. The bridge is expected to reopen in late 2018.

PennDOT is rehabilitating the 85-year-old bridge because of the deteriorated condition of its concrete deck and steel beams. The bridge’s weight posting was recently reduced from 16 tons to 3 tons. As part of this transportation improvement project, crews will replace the bridge’s concrete bridge deck and superstructure. Due to the nature of the structural repairs, Township Line Road will be closed and detoured between North Wales Road and Route 202 (DeKalb Pike). Township Line Road motorists will be directed to use North Wales Road, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Route 202 (DeKalb Pike).

Penllyn Area Water Line Project
North Wales Water Authority (NWWA) will be replacing the existing cast iron water mains in the Penllyn Area beginning on or around Wednesday, Aug. 22. Work is expected to last approximately 90 days. The project will consist of installing the new water main, new fire hydrants, and replacing existing water service along with the associated restoration work. Residents in the project area are being notified in writing by the NWWA. Project work will be conducted during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Streets will be open to local traffic, emergency vehicles, mail delivery, and school buses, but delays should be expected. For ongoing project updates visit the NWWA website at www.nwwater.com.

Local Road Resurfacing in Upper Gwynedd Township
The following township roads are scheduled for resurfacing:
  • Beginning week of Aug. 20: Jay’s Lane and Patty’s Circle.
  • Beginning week of Aug. 27:Sandy’s Lane.

Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Overnight/Day
Overnight lane closures will continue next week for reconstruction of the median and installation of an electronic message sign at Mall Boulevard in Upper Merion Township. Sunday through Friday, Aug. 19-24, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, crews will reduce northbound Route 202 (Dekalb Pike) to one through lane, and southbound Route 202 (Dekalb Pike) to two through lanes between South Gulph Road and Allendale Road. During the scheduled construction, at least one left turn lane will be maintained from northbound Route 202onto Mall Boulevard and from southbound Route 202 onto Shaffer Road.

Blue Route: Day
The southbound left lane is scheduled to close on between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Ridge Pike interchanges in Plymouth Township Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for bridge rail repair.

A moving operation with lane closures is planned in both directions between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and County Line Road in Plymouth and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal and inlet cleaning.

A shoulder closure is planned between Interstates 76 and 95 in Lower Merion and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS device testing.

Schuylkill Expressway: Day
Lane closures are planned at the Route 202 interchange in Upper Merion Township from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, and again from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, for approach latex overlay.

Motorists will encounter single lane closures in both directions between the Route 202 and Route 1 (City Avenue) interchanges Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22-23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for construction activities on a project to repair and resurface 12.5 miles of the roadway in Upper Merion Township, West Conshohocken Borough and Lower Merion Township.

The I-76 East Collector Road will be reduced to a single lane between the Route 202 North and Mall Boulevard interchanges from 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

A moving operation with lane closures is planned in both directions between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 476 interchanges in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough on Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal and inlet cleaning.

A westbound shoulder closure is planned between Montgomery Drive and Route 23 in Lower Merion Township Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 22-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to install raceways for power and communications.

Route 422: Day/Overnight
A right lane closure is scheduled on eastbound between the Armand Hammer Boulevard and Sanatoga interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. for bridge rail repair.

An eastbound left lane closure is planned between the Keim Street and Sanatoga interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for median construction.

Lane restrictions are scheduled westbound between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Egypt Road interchanges in Upper Providence and Lower Providence townships today and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 21-23 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. for concrete patching operations.

A moving operation with lane closures is planned in both directions between Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Route 202 in Lower Providence, Upper Providence, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, North Coventry, West Norriton, Upper Merion and Tredyffrin townships Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal and inlet cleaning.

Good news! The new ramp from eastbound Route 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) in Upper Merion Township is now OPEN!

Route 100: Day
A moving operation with lane closures is planned southbound between King Street and Route 422 Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal and inlet cleaning.

Lafayette Street: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Barbadoes Street and Ford Street in Norristown Monday through Saturday, Aug. 20-25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for road work.

Route 611 (Easton Road): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Home Depot Drive and Maryland Road in Upper Moreland Township Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for concrete median installation.

Route 73 (Skippack Pike): Overnight/Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Green Hill Road and Mara Drive in Worcester and Whitpain townships Sunday and Monday, Aug. 19-20, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving.

Matsonford Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Rebel Hill Road and Dehaven Avenue in Upper Merion Township and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for storm sewer replacement.

Miller Road: Weekend
Miller Road will be closed and detoured between Eagleview Lane and Meyers Road in Perkiomen Township from 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, Aug. 17) through 6 p.m. Saturday for excavation and paving operations.

Meyers Road: Weekend
Meyers Road will be closed and detoured between Wismer Road and Miller Road in Perkiomen Township from 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, Aug. 17) through 6 p.m. Saturday for excavation and paving operations.

Northeast Extension
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. Learn more about the project here.

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 West Valley Green Road Bridge remains closed while awaiting further repairs.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Main Street in Limerick Township between Railroad Street and Summerdale Drive weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Aug. 30.
  • Weekday lane restrictions are in place on Route 263 (York Road) between Route 611 (Easton Road) and Sunset Lane in Upper Moreland Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Projected end date: Aug 31.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Route 363 (Park Avenue) between Village Green Lane and Lloyd Lane in Lower Providence Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Aug. 30.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on northbound Route 611 (Easton Road) between West Moreland Avenue and Maple Avenue in Horsham Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Aug. 24.
  • Route 73 (Church Road) is closed weekdays between Haws Lane and Paper Mill Road in Springfield Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main replacement by Aqua Pennsylvania. During the weekday closures, traffic will be detoured over Paper Mill Road and Route 309. Projected end date: late August.
  • Round-the-clock lane restrictions are in place on Route 611 (Easton Road) between Mill Road and Wyandotte Road in Upper Moreland Township for bridge deck reconstruction. Projected end date: Sept. 5.
  • Lane restrictions are planned on Guthrie Road between Swedesford Road and North Gulph Road in Upper Merion Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for for utility installation by Aqua Pennsylvania. Projected end date: Sept. 7.
  • 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.
  • Seitz Road is closed and detoured between Meyers Road and Fox Heath Boulevard in Perkiomen Township for excavation, storm water piping and paving. This is a 24-hour road restriction. Projected end date: September.
  • Daytime and nighttime lane restrictions with flagging are planned on various sections of Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) in Upper Dublin Township for water main replacement. The work schedule is: Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following morning, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Twining Road and Jeffrey Drive; Mondays through Fridays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Fitzwatertown Road and Twining Road; and Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Susquehanna Road and Dreshertown Road. Projected end date: Oct. 4.
  • Susquehanna Road is closed and detoured between Mill Road and Dixon Lane in Abington Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Projected end date: Oct. 5.
  • Temporary lane restrictions with flagging may occur on Route 73 (Skippack Pike) as needed between Route 202 (DeKalb Pike) and Longfield Drive in Whitpain Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for crew or equipment mobilization. Projected end date: October.
  • Lane restrictions are planned on Route 23 (Front Street) between Crawford Avenue and Balligomingo Road in West Conshohocken Borough weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for gas main work by PECO Energy. Projected end date: October.
  • Old Reading Pike is closed and detoured between Squirrel Hollow Road and Grosstown Road in West Pottsgrove Township from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge rehabilitation. Projected end date: November.
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) is closed and detoured between Miller Road and Harrison Avenue in Perkiomen Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for excavation, storm water piping and paving. Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • Township Line Road is reduced to a single lane of traffic between Sharon Lane and Oakwood Drive in Whitpain, Plymouth, East Norriton and Worcester townships for intersection widening and upgrades. Work hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and all traffic is being controlled by flagging. The work is expected to conclude in December.
  • Philmont Avenue is closed and detoured between Red Lion Road and Pine Road in Lower Moreland Township for bridge replacement. Projected end date: Dec. 31.
  • Wynnewood Road is closed and detoured near Shortridge Drive over the East Branch of Indian Creek in Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough for bridge replacement. Projected end date: Dec. 31.
  • The bridge carrying Old Forty Foot Road over Skippack Creek in Towamencin Township is closed for replacement with a new structure. During the bridge closure, Old Forty Foot Road motorists are directed to use Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike), Bustard Road and Route 73 (Skippack Pike).
  • 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.

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