April 7, 2017
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Overnight Closure Planned on NE Extension This Weekend

                 
 
The Northeast Extension will be closed in both directions on Sunday, April 9, from midnight to 7 a.m. between the Mid-County interchange (exit 20) and the Quakertown interchange (exit 44) for bridge beam installation. The bridge, which carries Harleysville Pike over the turnpike, crosses Interstate 476 at milepost A33.88.

Some single-lane closures and traffic stoppages may occur on Saturday during the nighttime hours to prepare for the closure. Pennsylvania State Police and turnpike personnel will be positioned at the impacted interchanges to assist drivers. Changeable message signs will also provide information on closures and detours.

The detours are as follows:

  • Northbound detour from Mid-County – Take Interstate 276 east (4.1 miles) to the Fort Washington interchange (exit 339). Take Route 309 north (24.7 miles) to Route 663 south (3.4 miles). Re-enter the turnpike at the Quakertown interchange (exit 44).
  • Northbound detour from Fort Washington – Take Route 309 north (24.7 miles) to Route 663 south. Take Route 663 south (3.4 miles) and re-enter the turnpike at the Quakertown interchange (exit 44).
  • Southbound detour from Quakertown – Take Route 663 north (3.4 miles) to Route 309 south. Take Route 309 south (24.1 miles) and re-enter the turnpike at the Fort Washington interchange (exit 339). 

                                           

Community Corner

The Ambler Choral Society will hold its annual spring concert entitled “Beautiful Music: Our Celtic Heritage” on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at Supplee Presbyterian Church, 855 E. Welsh Road, Maple Glen. The talented vocalists will perform choral pieces with a Celtic flavor, including Samuel Barber’s “Reincarnations”; the songs “Danny Boy” and “Homeward Bound”; and Appalachian Reflections including “Come thou Fount,” “Black is the Color” and more. For more information, click here.

             
The week’s construction activity (weather permitting), as provided by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is as follows:

Route 611 (Old York Road): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Jericho Road and Hamilton Avenue in Abington Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge work.

Route 363 (Valley Forge Road): Overnight
The road will be closed and detoured between Morris Road and Hunter Hill Drive in Upper Gwynedd and Towamencin townships Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-13, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge beam installation. Traffic will be detoured over Morris Road, Broad Street and Sumneytown Pike.

Route 113 (Harleysville Pike): Weekend
The road will be closed and detoured between Schoolhouse Road and Allentown Road Saturday, April 8, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge beam installation. Traffic will be detoured over Schoolhouse Road, Lower Road and Allentown Road.

Bethlehem Pike: Day/Overnight
Lane restrictions are planned between Tennis Avenue and Church Road in Ambler Borough, between Route 309 and Tennis Avenue in Lower Gwynedd Township, and between Tennis Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue in Upper Dublin Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for milling.

Lane closures are planned between McLaughlin Road and Bergey Road in Montgomery and Hatfield townships Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

North Wales Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Cardinal Way and Old Church Road and between Shearer Street and Center Street in Upper Gwynedd Township and North Wales Borough Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Township Line Road in Whitpain Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, 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, April 10-14, 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, April 10-14, 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, April 10-14, 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.

Hartman Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Route 309 and Route 463 (Horsham Road) in Montgomery Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility work.

Route 309: Day
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, April 10-13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Lane closures are planned between the Fort Washington interchange and Welsh Road in Lower Gwynedd and Upper Dublin townships Tuesday through Friday, April 11-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for overhead sign structure inspection.

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, April 10-13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Schuylkill Expressway: Weekend/Overnight/Day

The eastbound right lane will be closed between the Matsonford Road and Belmont Avenue interchanges in Lower Merion Township on Monday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge inspection. The westbound right lane will be closed between the Hollow Road and Matsonford Road interchanges on Tuesday, April 11, also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Right lane closures are planned between the Matsonford Road and Green Lane Road interchanges in Lower Merion Township for bridge inspection. The eastbound right lane will be closed on Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the westbound right lane will be closed on Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An eastbound lane closure is planned between Interstate 476 and Belmont Avenue in Lower Merion Township on Saturday, April 8, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree and debris removal.

Intermittent lane closures are scheduled in both directions between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 1 (City Avenue) in West Conshohocken Borough and Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships Monday through Thursday, April 10-13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Route 1 (City Avenue): Day
Right lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Lapsley Lane and 47th Street in Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for traffic signal upgrades and curb ramp installations.

Route 422: Day/Overnight/Weekend
Nighttime lane closures are planned in both directions between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and First Avenue interchanges in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships Sunday through Thursday, April 9-13, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for barrier installation, excavation and line striping. In addition to the lane closures, there will be nighttime lane restrictions on the ramp from westbound Route 422 to Trooper Road.

The westbound left lane will be closed between the Sanatoga and Armand Hammer Boulevard interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11-12, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for bridge construction.

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, April 10-13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

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
Weekday lane restrictions are planned at Moore Road in Upper Merion Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Friday, April 21, for water main installation by Aqua Pennsylvania.

Lane restrictions are planned between Geerdes Boulevard and Moore Road in Upper Merion Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Germantown Pike: Day
Lane closures are planned between Interstate 476 and Swede Road in East Norriton and Plymouth townships Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS installation.

Meyers Road/Plank Road/Route 73/Route 29: Day/Overnight
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, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for utility relocation.
  • Meyers Road will be restricted between Seitz Road and Miller Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for storm sewer installation.
  • Route 73 (Skippack Pike) will be restricted between Squirrel Hill Road and Perkiomen Creek Road in Skippack Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for excavation and utility relocation.
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) will be restricted between Miller Road and Harrison Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for utility relocation.

                    
Buchert Road: Day
Lane closures are planned at Pleasantview Road, North Washington Street and Mervine Street in Lower Pottsgrove Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, 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, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb ramp construction.

Route 29 (Main Street): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between West 6th Street and Front Street in East Greenville Borough, between Front Street and 11th Street in Pennsburg Borough and between 11th Street and 2nd Street in Red Hill Borough Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for milling.

Route 663 (Layfield Road): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Montgomery Avenue and Route 29 in Pennsburg Borough, between Hill Road and Montgomery Avenue in Upper Hanover Township and between Hill Road and Kings Road in New Hanover Township Monday through Friday, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility adjustments.

Schoolhouse Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Kulp Road and Halteman Road in Franconia Township weekdays through Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for conduit installation.

Route 100: Day
Intermittent right lane closures are planned southbound between Route 73 and Route 422 in Douglass and Upper Pottsgrove townships and Pottstown Borough Monday through Thursday, April 10-13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for inlet cleaning and pipe flushing.

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, April 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility work.

Belmont Avenue: Day
The road is will be closed and detoured between Rock Hill road and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Lower Merion Township starting Monday, April 10, for utility installation. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the project is expected to be completed by April 28.


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.
  • 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
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.

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

Zone 6: Sumneytown Pike to Skippack Creek Bridge – Grading and seeding, roadway excavation and sign structure installation. 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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