King of Prussia, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that construction is scheduled to begin Friday, March 16, on a project to enhance travel and safety on northbound U.S. 1 through the interchange with U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike) and Route 32 in Falls, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships, Bucks County. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.
“This project will help alleviate congestion on a very critical and heavily relied upon juncture along U.S. 1,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Our work here in Bucks County is part of our continuing effort to improve transportation infrastructure in Pennsylvania.”
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 work also includes construction of an additional auxiliary lane along northbound U.S. 1 at Oxford Valley Road; milling and overlay with a high-friction surface treatment on U.S. 1 south in the area of Route 32; and replacement of overhead signs throughout the project area.
On Friday, March 16, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, northbound U.S. 1 motorists will encounter a right lane and permanent shoulder closure between the Interstate 95 and Oxford Valley interchanges, for temporary barrier placement and shoulder widening activities. The shoulder closure will be in effect through mid-April.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through this work zone because slowdowns will occur during construction. The contractor's schedule is weather dependent.
James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $2,327,110 project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
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