King of Prussia, PA – Northbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane at the U.S. 13 Interchange in Falls, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships, Bucks County, from 7:00 PM, Wednesday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 16, for construction activities related to a project to enhance travel and safety on northbound U.S. 1 through the interchange with U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike) and Route 32, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. This phase of construction is critical to finish the work needed to open U.S. 1 to two northbound lanes in one week.
During construction, the exit to northbound Route 32 (Morrisville) will remain open to traffic. U.S. 13 motorists entering northbound U.S. 1 at the interchange must continue onto U.S. 1.
In addition, overnight lane restrictions are scheduled on southbound U.S. 1 between the Morrisville/Pennsylvania Avenue and U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike) interchanges in Falls, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships, on Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, for milling and paving operations.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work zones because slowdowns will occur during construction. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
When completed, this project will improve U.S. 1 by providing northbound motorists two through lanes while maintaining an exit to Route 32, thereby removing the “exit only” lane that currently exists for northbound drivers at this interchange. In addition, a concrete barrier will be placed between U.S. 1 north and the on-ramp from U.S. 13 to eliminate the substandard weave condition that currently exists when U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike) drivers enter U.S. 1 and weave through traffic to reach the Route 32 exit ramp.
The scope of the project also includes replacement of overhead signs throughout the project area as well as placement of a high-friction surface treatment on U.S. 1 south in the area of Route 32. Construction of an additional auxiliary lane along northbound U.S. 1 at Oxford Valley Road has already been completed under this project.
James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $2,327,110 project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov
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