Turnpike Milepost A31-A38 Project

FAQ

When will the Northeastern Extension Total Reconstruction and Widening Project be completed in its entirety?

Based on the current project schedule, substantial completion of this project with the opening of northbound and southbound traffic to three lanes in each direction on the Turnpike mainline is expected by late fall 2020, with the remainder of the work completed by early summer 2021. Please note that all projected dates are subject to change.

How did the PTC determine where the sound barriers will be located?

Although there are no federal or state funds used for this project, the PTC utilized Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) criteria for highway noise analysis.

Are the locations of the sound barriers as shown on the mapping final?

Yes. While the exact length and height of the sound barriers will be further refined as part of the optimization process, no proposed sound barriers will be eliminated.

What will the sound barriers look like?

Samples of wall treatment options are posted on the project website. The most common types of sound barriers consist of concrete panels, which provide various texture and color options, supported by steel or concrete posts. Property owners living adjacent to the Turnpike were provided an opportunity to express their preferences for sound barrier color and texture at a community meeting in 2016.

When will the sound barriers be installed?

The sound barriers for this project will be built during the Turnpike mainline construction project between 2018 and 2020. Most of the sound barriers will be constructed during stage two, but not all sound barriers will be constructed at the same time. The location of the sound barrier, relative to the Turnpike and construction access, influences the decision on when a given section of barrier can be constructed.

Where can I view the Noise Impact Analysis report?

A hard copy of the Noise Impact Analysis Report is available for review on this website in the Library.

What are you doing to protect the environment?

In addition to coordinating with the local townships, the PTC continues to work with local, state and federal regulatory agencies such as the Montgomery County Conservation Office, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and local special interest groups to make sure the project is completed with the least impact to the existing environment.

How is this project funded?

The project is funded entirely by Turnpike toll dollars, with no federal funds or state tax dollars involved.

How much will this project cost?

The construction contract awarded for this project is $224.9 million.

Will tolls have to be increased to pay for this project?

No. The Turnpike does not raise tolls to fund individual projects.

Does the PTC expect to continue widening north?

Yes. Final Design began in 2014 for the total reconstruction and widening north of Clump Road (milepost A38) to north of Steinsburg Road (milepost A44.5). The project also entails work at the Quakertown Interchange and the replacement of four bridges over the Turnpike.

Does the Turnpike coordinate their work schedules with PennDOT work schedules?

Yes. The Turnpike coordinates work schedules and reviews project plans with PennDOT.

What is the PTC going to do to relieve traffic congestion throughout construction?

During peak travel times from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions. Exceptions include emergency roadway repairs and daytime work performed by Turnpike Maintenance requiring a lane closure.

 

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