April 13, 2017
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Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands 


The House Judiciary Committee is holding a series of hearings to examine legislative proposals aimed at improving the safety of our schools, protecting the public and ensuring guns stay out of the wrong hands. The hearings will continue next week.

One of the first bills discussed is one I have talked about with many of you, both through this email and in person. Sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Lower Gwynedd), the bill would create an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) to allow loved ones, family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily prohibit individuals who demonstrate an extreme risk of causing harm to themselves or others from buying or possessing firearms or ammunition. A similar bill has been proposed by Senator Daylin Leach (D-Whitpain).

Under the bills, a court could immediately issue a temporary ERPO but could conduct a full hearing in an expedited manner where the subject of the order may participate and offer evidence and testimony before a final order may be issued. Final orders could last only as long as necessary to ensure safety, but no longer than one year. A similar law already exists in Pennsylvania for domestic violence cases.

Five other states have a law like this, and I believe such a law would have made a difference in the tragic events that occurred in Florida where the shooter had been reported several times to law enforcement as a danger to himself and others before he purchased the gun used in the shooting.

To learn more, watch Rep. Stephens’ testimony to the committee here

To watch video of the completed hearings, click here. Watch next week’s hearings live at www.PAHouseGOP.com. Monday’s session begins at 10:30 a.m., while hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday will begin at 9 a.m.

Click here to view video.
 

Community Corner

Our Commonwealth is blessed with thousands of dedicated citizens who serve our local governments -- and their fellow citizens -- as commissioners, council people, supervisors, school board members and more. They work hard, often without any compensation, to make our communities better places to live. In honor of their dedicated service, the state House approved my resolution designating the week of April 9-13 as Local Government Week in Pennsylvania. Watch my comments in the House chamber here.
             
The week’s construction activity (weather permitting) is as follows:

Morris Road: Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Sheaff Lane and Mill Spring Drive in Whitpain Township Monday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal operations.

Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled northbound between School House Lane and Plymouth Road in Lower Gwynedd Township on Monday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for tree removal operations.

Lane restrictions are planned between Cherry Lane and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Route 309: Day
Watch for a moving operation between County Line Road and Cheltenham Avenue in Montgomery, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin and Cheltenham townships Monday through Thursday, April 16-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Weekday lane restrictions are scheduled between North Wales Road and the Bucks County line in Montgomery and Hatfield townships Wednesday through Friday, April 18-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for milling operations.

Blue Route: Day
Watch for shoulder closures in both directions between Interstates 76 and 95 in Lower Merion Township and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, April 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS device testing.

Watch for a moving operation with lane closures in both directions between Interstate 276 and County Line Road Monday through Thursday, April 16-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

The left lane will be closed between the Interstate 76 and Ridge Pike interchanges Monday and Tuesday, April 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge inspection.

Schuylkill Expressway: Weekend/Day/Overnight
Overnight lane closures are planned in both directions between Route 202 and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships Sunday through Thursday, April 15-19, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday into Sunday from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. for drainage work and other construction activities.

Watch for a moving operation with lane closures in both directions between Interstate 276 and Route 1 (City Avenue) Monday through Thursday, April 16-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Route 422: Overnight/Day
Eastbound lane closures are scheduled between the Keim Street and Sanatoga interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township through 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and again on Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for barrier adjustment and shoulder reconstruction.

Eastbound lane closures are scheduled between the Keim Street and Armand Hammer Boulevard interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township through 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, for barrier adjustment and shoulder reconstruction.

Eastbound motorists will encounter single left and right lane closures between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 202 interchanges on Thursday, April 19, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for construction operations.

Watch for a moving operation with lane closures between Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) in Lower Providence, Upper Providence, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry townships Monday through Thursday, April 16-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for spray patching.

The ramp from eastbound Route 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) in Upper Merion Township is closed through late summer for construction on a new fly-over ramp at the interchange. During construction, motorists will be directed to continue eastbound on Route 422, exit at First Avenue and make a left on Gulph Road to reach Route 23 (Valley Forge Road).

Pothole Repairs: Various
Maintenance and contractor crews will be working on more than 60 state highways throughout the five-county southeast region to repair deteriorated pavement. In Montgomery County, those roadways include Route 202 (DeKalb Street) in Upper Merion Township and Norristown; Route 422 in Upper Merion, Upper Providence, Lower Providence and Upper Pottsgrove townships; Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Upper Providence, Upper Frederick, Lower Frederick and Perkiomen townships and Schwenksville Borough; Route 73 (Big Road/Skippack Pike) in Skippack Township; Route 73 (Church Road) in Cheltenham Township; Route 363 (Valley Forge Road) in Worcester Township; Cowpath Road in Franconia and Salford townships; Whites Mill Road in Salford and Marlborough townships; Perkiomen Road in Upper Frederick Township; Swamp Creek Road in Salford and Marlborough townships; Upper Ridge Road in Marlborough Township; Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham Township; Washington Lane in Cheltenham Township; Willow Grove Avenue in Cheltenham Township; New Second Street in Cheltenham Township; Manatawny Street in West Pottsgrove Township; High Street in Pottstown Borough; Linfield Road in Limerick Township and Trappe Borough; and Township Line Road in Limerick Township.

Skippack Pike: Day
Lane closures are planned between Jackson Avenue and Cathcart Road in East Norriton Township Monday through Friday, April 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test holes.

Route 63 (Main Street): Day
Weekday lane restrictions with flagging are planned at the intersection with Line Street in Lansdale through Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main installation.

Stump Hall Road: Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Route 363 (Valley Forge Road) and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) in Worcester and Skippack townships Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal operations.

Route 23 (Front Street): Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Balligomingo Road and Ford Street in West Conshohocken Borough weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 16, through Monday, April 23, for test holes.

New Second Street: Day/Weekend
The road is closed and detoured between Tookany Creek Parkway and Kingston Road this weekend, April 14-15, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for utility installation.

Lafayette Street: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Barbadoes Street and Ford Street in Norristown Monday through Friday, April 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for roadwork.

Argyle Road: Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Sussex Road and Grenox Road in Lower Merion Township Monday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Neiffer Road: Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Route 73 (Big Road) and Yerger Road in Lower Frederick and Limerick townships Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Route 611: Day
Lane restrictions are planned Route 63 (Moreland Road) and Cheltenham Avenue in Cheltenham, Abington, Upper Moreland and Horsham townships and Jenkintown Borough Monday through Friday, April 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for milling and overlay of SEPTA bus locations.

Philmont Avenue: Day
Weekday ane closures are planned between Maple Road and Fisher Road in Lower Moreland Township Thursday, April 19, through Thursday, April 26, for utility installation.

Limekiln Pike: Day
Lane restrictions are planned at Dillon Road in Upper Dublin Township weekdays through Wednesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for telephone pole installation.

Planning Ahead: Seitz Road
The road will be closed and detoured between Meyers Road and Fox Heath Boulevard in Perkiomen Township starting Monday, April 23, for excavation, storm water piping and paving. This is a 24-hour road restriction, which is expected to be in place through September.

Northeast Extension: Overnight
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.
  • 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: April.
  • Flourtown Road is closed between Joshua Road and Plymouth Road in Whitemarsh Township weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: April 30.
  • Farmington Avenue is closed and detoured between Laura Lane and West Moyer Road in Upper Pottsgrove Township for bridge rehabilitation. Eastbound Farmington Avenue motorists will be directed to use the ramp to southbound Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) to State Road and Wilson Street. Westbound Farmington Avenue motorists will be directed to use the ramp to northbound Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) to Route 73 (East Philadelphia Avenue) and southbound Route 100 (Pottstown Pike). Projected end date: May 11.
  • Church Road is closed weekdays between Hammond Road and New Second Street in Cheltenham Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for gas main replacement. Projected end date: May 31.
  • Route 100 is reduced to one lane between State Road and Moyer Road in Upper Pottsgrove Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge rehabilitation. Projected end date: June 1.
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) is reduced to a single lane between Miller Road and Harrison Road for excavation and grading operations. This is a 24-hour road restriction. Projected end date: June.
  • Route 263 (York Road) is closed and detoured between Route 29 (Gravel Pike) and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) for excavation, storm water piping and paving. Projected end date: June 30.
  • Morwood Road is closed and detoured between Creamery Road and Camp Road in Franconia Township for culvert replacement. Projected end date: July 13.
  • 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: July 31.
  • Edgehill Road is closed and detoured between Jenkintown Road and Easton Road weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: July 31.
  • North Lane is closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Butler Pike and Ridge Pike in Plymouth and Whitemarsh townships for water main replacement. During the weekday closure, North Lane motorists will be detoured over Butler Pike and Ridge Pike. Projected end date: Aug. 15.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please drive carefully. 
               
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