Turnpike Milepost A31-A38 Project

Construction Update

Spring 2019

Pavement Construction Begins this Spring

As pavement construction begins from the southern end of the project, equipment operators continue excavation of rocky embankments on both sides of the Turnpike at the northern end near Route 563 (Ridge Road).

Most of the project's drainage basins are in place and installation of additional drainage work continues.

Paving crews may be working on both sides of the Turnpike during day and nighttime shifts to keep the project on schedule. Pavement building for the new outside northbound and southbound third lane and shoulders is on schedule and expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Work also continues this spring with beam placement and construction of the concrete decks on four bridges over local roads and the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek, where concrete pier "caps" will be built this spring atop concrete columns that will support the deck beams.

Motorists may encounter periodic closures and flagger-controlled stoppages during off-peak hours at bridge locations over local roads.

The sound barrier wall along the southbound side adjacent to Yoder Road is nearing completion. Wall construction at three other locations — northbound approaching the Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) overpass; southbound between the Morwood Road overpass and Route 113 (Harleysville Pike); and northbound approaching Route 563 (Ridge Road) — remain at various stages of construction.

The next major stage of construction, which primarily consists of rebuilding the existing roadway and bridge structures, is scheduled to begin in late 2019 when work finishes on the new outside lanes and shoulders and two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic are shifted onto the new pavement.

Construction to widen the highway to three lanes in each direction from the Lansdale Interchange north approximately seven miles to Mile Post 38 near the Clump Road overpass is being done under the first major stage of the Turnpike's $225 million project that began in early 2018 and will continue through 2020.

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