Turnpike Milepost A31-A38 Project

Construction Update

Fall 2020

Southern Half of A31-A38 Widening Project to Open by December, Remainder Next Spring

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission expects to complete the southern half of the Milepost 31-38 widening project and open three northbound and three southbound lanes to traffic between Mileposts 31 and 35 in December while work continues into next spring on the northern section of the seven-mile widening and improvement project in Montgomery County.

Construction crews will complete installation of the median barrier and place the final layer of pavement from just north of Lansdale (Exit 31) to approaching the bridge over Creamery Road in November before making final preparations to open the six-lane section the following month.

The completed southern section – which has been widened to include a third travel lane in each direction – also includes a new Turnpike bridge structure over Schoolhouse Road. New bridges over Creamery Road, Dietz Mill Road, and the Perkiomen Creek will remain in the current two-lanes-each-way traffic pattern until the remainder of the project.

Crews will work for the remainder of 2020 and into spring 2021 to finish construction on the three remaining bridges and complete the reconstruction of the original pavement and median barrier in the center of the Turnpike north of the bridges. Construction will continue as weather permits through the end of the year with the possibility of competing the work and opening the entire project area to six lanes by late May 2021.

During remaining construction on the northern half of the project, trucks and buses will remain restricted to the left lane only in both the northbound and southbound direction through the project limits. Occasional short-term, off-peak lane restrictions also may occur during this final stage of the project.

The $225 million project also included installation of new stormwater drainage components and retention basins beyond the roadway, and construction of sound mitigation walls at four locations.

Due to delays and work stoppages earlier in 2020 because of COVID-19, the entire project's completion date has been extended from June 18, 2021, until November 12, 2021.