U.S. 1 Traffic Stoppages Monday Night, Full Closure Next Weekend for Bristol Road Overpass Demolition in Bensalem Township
Bristol Road overpass to close next Friday for six months for bridge replacement
U.S. 1 will be closed between the Neshaminy and Business U.S. 1/Penndel interchanges on Saturday, November 7, from 10:00 PM to 10:00 AM the following morning, for demolition of the Bristol Road overpass in Bensalem Township, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
In advance of work on the overpass, northbound and southbound U.S. 1 traffic will encounter periodic full stoppages of up to 15 minutes between the Neshaminy and U.S. 1/Business 1/Penndel interchanges on Monday, November 2, from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, for rehanging overhead utility lines over U.S. 1 at the overpass.
Additionally, Bristol Road between Old Lincoln Highway and Neshaminy Boulevard will be closed to through traffic for approximately six months beginning at 6:00 AM Friday, November 6, for replacement of the overpass.
This one-night bridge removal operation will generate noise that will be heard in neighborhoods within close proximity of the bridge. This work is being expedited over a single evening to reduce long term nightwork operations and inconvenience to the neighborhoods.
The replacement of the Bristol Road overpass during the current construction stage will also accelerate the completion date for the entire RC1 Section by at least one year. The project is now scheduled to finish in late 2021.
Additional daytime and nighttime lane restrictions also will be in place on U.S. 1 and Street Road (Route 132) next week for bridge and roadway construction under the ongoing project to widen and improve U.S.1 in Bucks County.
The lane closure schedule and locations are:
Through traffic on U.S. 1 will be detoured on Interstate 95 and Woodhaven Road (Route 63) during the overnight closure. Local traffic will follow posted detours around the closure area.
Bristol Road traffic will be detoured on Neshaminy Boulevard, Rockhill Road and Old Lincoln Highway around the overpass closure.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, special signage and relevant training.
Reconstruction of the middle section along 1.3 miles of U.S. 1, the second major stage of the RC1 project, is nearing completion. Reconstruction will shift to the southbound side — including construction of the southbound sections of U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the Turnpike ramps at the Bensalem Interchange — later this fall. Center area construction continues on Street Road (Route 132) at the U.S. 1 interchange.
Allan A. Myers, Inc. of Worcester, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the $95.1 million Section RC1 project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.
Section 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.
For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit www.penndot.gov/District6TrafficBulletin.
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