Daytime and nighttime lane restrictions will be in place on U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) next week, and the northbound U.S. 1 ramps to and from the Turnpike will be closed Thursday night, for bridge, roadway, utility construction and surveying on the project to widen and improve U.S.1 and reconstruct the interchange at Street Road (Route 132) in Bensalem, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The work schedule is:
During the closure of the northbound U.S. 1 ramp to the PA Turnpike, northbound U.S. 1 motorists will be detoured to the Neshaminy Exit, turn left on Rockhill Drive, turn right on the ramp to southbound U.S. 1, then right on the ramp to the Turnpike Toll Plaza.
Turnpike motorists exiting at Bensalem and heading for northbound U.S. 1 will be detoured to the ramp to southbound U.S. 1, turn right onto the ramp to eastbound Street Road (Route 132), then right on the ramp to northbound U.S. 1.
In addition, the slip ramp from Horizon Boulevard to the PA Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange remains closed through mid-August for construction. Motorists are being detoured to Rockhill Drive, then south on U.S. 1 to the Turnpike ramp.
Crews currently are reconstructing the middle section along 1.3 miles of U.S. 1, and the westbound side of Street Road (Route 132) under the second major stage of the project. Ongoing activities also include construction of the center sections of U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the Turnpike ramps at the Bensalem Interchange.
Allan A. Myers, Inc. of Worcester, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the $95.1 million project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. The project is expected to complete by late 2022.
This contract (RC1) is the first of three construction contracts to rebuild and widen U.S. 1; replace aging bridges; and install safety enhancements along a four-mile section of the expressway from just north of Philadelphia to just north of Route 413 (Pine Street) in Middletown Township and Langhorne Borough. For more information, visit www.us1bucks.com.
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Bensalem Township is looking for a few good men and women to become volunteer fire fighters. The volunteers of the 6 firehouses that call Bensalem home, are the backbone of volunteerism when it comes to protecting Bensalem Residents from the ravages of fire, car accidents and other unfortunate occurrences, where people desperately need help! Volunteer fire fighting is a good opportunity for learning the skills it takes to become a fire fighter, but more than that it shapes young men and women with leadership capabilities, character building and respect.
If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact our Fire Department at 215-633-3600.
The Bensalem Township Council meeting scheduled for Monday, August 10th, 2020 has been cancelled.
Any business that was scheduled for that meeting will be heard at the next scheduled meeting on Monday, August 24th, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. in the Bensalem Township Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA.
Edward Kisselback, Council President
Attention Bensalem Residents
Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall overnight and is projected to pass over Bucks County today. The storm will bring high winds and heavy rains to our area.
Much of Bucks County, including Bensalem, is currently under both a flash flood watch and a tornado watch until at least 4 p.m. These could become flash flood or tornado warnings as the day progresses and the storm passes over our area.
Bensalem residents should be on guard for roadway, creek and small stream flooding today, as there is the potential for up to 6 inches of rain to fall in Bensalem during this storm. Residents who live or travel on roads between Bristol Pike and the Delaware River, especially State Road and Station Avenue, should anticipate roadway flooding as much of that area of the Township drains directly to the Delaware River, and for the duration of the storm the tide on the Delaware River will be rising, reaching high tide at Cornwells Heights around 3:45 this afternoon. Unfortunately, the storm drains in that area that empty directly into the River cannot drain properly when the River is at high tide, and roads in that area may be impacted as a result. Other low lying areas throughout the Township may experience flooding as well. Township Public Works personnel have been clearing storm drains in preparation for the storm to help alleviate roadway flooding issues, and they will be working throughout the storm to respond to storm related issues.
The forecasted high winds associated with this storm may cause trees and tree limbs to come down as well as scattered power outages.
If this storm remains on its current path, travel throughout the Township may be impacted this afternoon and this evening. If you don’t have to be on the roads this afternoon or tonight, please help to keep them clear for emergency management and response personnel and equipment. If you are on the roads, avoid downed power lines. Remember, if you come upon a flooded roadway, “Turn around, don’t drown.”
We recommend that you monitor weather conditions throughout the day by following local television, radio or other media where you normally get your weather information.
Charge you cell phones now so they are available in case of an emergency.
As always, if you have an emergency, Dial 9-1-1 for help.
Please stay safe.
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