November 22, 2017
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Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 


I would like to wish you and your loved ones a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your state representative and appreciate the support and feedback many of you have provided over the years. Let’s keep the lines of communication open as we continue working to address the challenges facing our Commonwealth.

Please note the Blue Bell office at 1515 DeKalb Pike will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open next week but will also be in the process of moving to our new office at the Boxwood House, owned by Whitpain Township, at 1098 Skippack Pike. Please bear with us as we make this exciting transition. We’ll be hosting an open house at the new office next month, so be sure to stay tuned for details!

Holiday Traffic

If you are traveling locally or heading out of state, please be safe and drive carefully. While PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are taking steps to alleviate congestion and boost safety by enforcing speed and impaired driving laws, it is important that we each take our safety and the safety of our passengers into our own hands by being responsible and following the law.

Be sure to check www.511PA.com for real-time traffic updates.

And please take note that PennDOT’s driver license and photo centers will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Legislative Update: Severance Tax
As you may know, the state House started a long-overdue debate earlier this week on legislation that would impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth. Nearly 400 amendments were filed to the bill, and unfortunately, many of those seek to weaken the ability of our state Department of Environmental Protection and others to ensure the protection of our environment. I argued against those amendments and even challenged the constitutionality of one of them based on the fact that our state Constitution states “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.” You can watch my argument against the constitutionality of the amendment here.

As a long-time supporter of a reasonable severance tax that will allow the industry to continue growing while also helping to address the financial needs of the Commonwealth, I am disappointed in the direction of some of the debate. However, getting any severance tax bill to the House floor for discussion is a significant step toward. I will continue to advocate for a fair severance tax, and for the clean air and water every citizen deserves.

Community Corner

The Ambler Choral Society is hosting its Prelude to the Holidays concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at Supplee Presbyterian Church, 855 E. Welsh Road, in Maple Glen. The program will feature Bach’s Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Barnett’s An American Thanksgiving, Missa Brevis in C Minor by Raminsh, and an assortment of traditional and contemporary Christmas music. For more information, click here


As you make your holiday shopping plans, don’t forget to shop local! Small Business Saturday is coming up this Saturday, Nov. 25, to encourage residents across the Commonwealth and the country to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season and all year round! Nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania employ about 2.4 million workers, as of 2014, and make up more than 98 percent of the state’s employers. Thinking about starting your own small business? Click here for help.

             
It’s still road construction season and many roads are impacted. Be patient. Be considerate of the workers and look forward to a better commute in the future while enduring the delays. The week’s construction activity (weather permitting) is as follows:

Route 202: Day
Lane closures are planned in both directions between Lawton Road and Germantown Pike in East Norriton Township Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test borings.

Route 309: Day
Lane closures are planned between Church Road and Mill Road in Hatfield Township Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS maintenance.

Schuylkill Expressway: Weekend/Day/Overnight
Overnight lane closures are scheduled in both directions between Route 202 and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. weekends for concrete patching.

Watch for a moving operation with lane closures in both directions between Interstate 276 and Route 1 (City Avenue) in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Thursday, Nov. 27-30, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for sweeping, and Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Blue Route: Day
A shoulder closure is planned in both directions between Interstates 76 and 95 in Lower Merion Township and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS conduit and fiber installation.

Watch for a moving operation with lane closures 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, Nov. 27-30, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for sweeping, and Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 28-30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Route 422: Day/Overnight/Weekend
The eastbound roadway will be closed and detoured at the split with the Benjamin Franklin Highway in West Pottsgrove, North Coventry and Douglass townships Tuesday, Nov. 28, through Monday, Dec. 4, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for resurfacing.

Watch for a moving operation in both directions between Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) in Lower Providence, Upper Providence, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry townships Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 28-30, 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 Nov. 29.

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, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Street/Linfield Road: Day
Lane restrictions are scheduled between the Chester County line and Lewis Road in Limerick Township Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paving.

Route 100: Day
Moving lane closures are planned between Route 422 and County Line Road in Upper Pottsgrove and Douglass townships and Pottstown Borough Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 28-30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Fitzwatertown Road: Day
Single lane closures are planned between Hills Avenue and David Drive in Upper Dublin Township through Monday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility improvements.

Trooper Road: Day
Single lane closures are planned between Germantown Pike and Cirak Avenue in East Norriton Township through Monday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility improvements.

Route 73 (Skippack Pike): Day
Single lane closures are scheduled between Crestline Drive and Route 202 (DeKalb Pike) in Whitpain Township through Monday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility improvements.

Lane restrictions are planned at Militia Hill Road in Whitemarsh Township Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Route 29 (Gravel Pike): Day
Single lane closures are scheduled between Bridge Street and Maple Avenue in Perkiomen Township through Monday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility improvements.

Lane restrictions are planned between Miller Road and Harrison Avenue in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pole relocation and paving.

Lane restrictions are planned between Upper Ridge Road and Sumneytown Pike in Marlborough Township Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Route 320 (South Gulph Road): Day
Single lane closures are scheduled between Arden Road and Upper Gulph Road in Upper Merion Township beginning Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test borings.

Meyers Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Seitz Road and Miller Road in Perkiomen Township Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for subbase and paving.

Jenkintown Road: Day
Intermittent lane closures are planned between Linden Avenue and Sylvania Avenue in Abington Township Monday through Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for line striping.

Route 29 (Bridge Street): Day
A lane closure is planned between Route 29 (Starr Street) and Walnut Street in Upper Providence Township and Phoenixville Borough Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge inspection.

Limekiln Pike: Day
Lane restrictions are planned at Susquehanna road in Upper Dublin Township Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation.

Lane restrictions are planned between Shepard Drive and Bell Lane in Upper Dublin Township Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.

Blair Mill Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Parkside Avenue and Broadway Avenue in Horsham Township on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paving.

Susquehanna Road: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between Johnston Avenue and Westmont Avenue in Abington Township on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paving.
              
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.
  • Lane restrictions are planned on Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) between Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) and Oak Drive weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • 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.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Argyle Road between Chatham Road and Wynnewood Road in Lower Merion Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • Plank Road is closed and detoured between Route 29 (Gravel Pike) and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) in Perkiomen Township for a safety improvement project. Motorists will be detoured over Route 29 (Gravel Pike), Haldeman Road and Route 73 (Skippack Pike). Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Lafayette Avenue between the Lafayette Avenue Connector and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on County Line Road between Folly Road and Keith Valley Road in Warrington and Horsham townships weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility work. Projected end date: Nov. 30.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on County Line Road between Chestnut Street and Central Avenue in Souderton Borough weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb and sidewalk installation. Projected end date: Dec. 8.
  • Flourtown Road is closed and detoured between Joshua Road and Plymouth Road in Whitemarsh Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Dec. 11.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound motorists on Henry Avenue will encounter a right lane closure on the bridge over Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia for bridge deck repairs. Projected end date: December.
  • Weekday lane restrictions are in place on North Pleasant View Road between Donna Lane and Bleim Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Jan. 19, 2018.
  • Weekday lane restrictions are in place on Bleim Road between North Pleasant View Road and Spring Valley Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: Jan. 19, 2018.
  • 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.

Please drive carefully. 
               
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