King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that periodic short-term lane closures are planned next week on several state highways in Bucks and Philadelphia counties for sign installations as part of the I-95/I-295 Redesignation Project underway in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The approved redesignation includes the conversion of about 20 miles of existing I‐95, north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, over the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey, to its existing terminus at U.S. 1 / Interstate 295. In Pennsylvania, this requires 10.4 miles of I-95 in Bucks County, from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Scudder Falls Bridge, to be redesignated as I-295 East (toward New Jersey) / West (toward Philadelphia). Concurrently, the section of what is now I-95 in New Jersey is becoming I-295 by extending the existing I-295 from the U.S. 1 Interchange to the Delaware River.
As a result of this redesignation, the following four interchanges will be renumbered on I-95 in Bucks County over the next several months:
• Business U.S. 1 (Levittown/Penndel): New Exit Number 3 (currently 44);
• U.S. 1 (Morrisville/Langhorne/Trenton): New Exit Number 5 (currently 46);
• Route 332 (Newtown/Yardley): New Exit Number 8 (currently 49); and
• New Hope/Yardley: New Exit Number 10 (currently 51).
Highway signs, including exit signs and mile markers, will be replaced on the mainline and approaches/ramps of I-95 to reflect the redesignation of the interstate and exit numbers. The previous exit numbers will be temporarily displayed along with the new exit numbers through late summer or early fall.
Beginning Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6, from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM, periodic short-term lane closures are planned on the following highways and ramps approaching or connecting I-95:
• U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike) in Bucks County;
• Route 132 (Street Road) in Bucks County;
• Interstate 676 in Philadelphia;
• Route 63 (Woodhaven Road) in Philadelphia;
• Academy Road in Philadelphia;
• Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia;
• Linden Avenue in Philadelphia;
• Princeton Avenue in Philadelphia;
• Vine Street in Philadelphia;
• 7th Street in Philadelphia; and
• Race Street in Philadelphia.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these work areas when under construction because backups and delays will occur. The contractor’s schedule is weather dependent.
PennDOT is working with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, New Jersey Turnpike Authority and NJDOT on this redesignation project to ensure effective traffic flow on major interstate highways.
The redesignation is part of a larger project in which a new interchange is being constructed to connect I-95 to I-276/Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Turnpike connects to the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 6 via the New Jersey Turnpike Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension in Florence, New Jersey. When the new I-95/Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange is completed in Bristol this summer, these highways will be redesignated as I-95, which will create a continuous I-95 from Pennsylvania through New Jersey.
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
A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6
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