What is the Project Schedule?
The PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project has been split into three stages. The majority of Stage 1 is either already complete, under construction, or in final design. The main components of Stage 1 construction will be complete in late 2018. Stage 2 is not currently funded, but final design has continued on some Stage 2 contracts in 2016. Construction of these sections depends on project funding availability and traffic patterns and needs as a result of Stage 1 improvements. Stage 3 is also dependent on funding and will likely not begin construction until after 2025.
Stage 1 work has included the construction of environmental mitigation sites, advance and work zone Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) deployments, the replacement of four mainline overhead bridges (three over the Turnpike and one over I-95), the construction of new toll plaza facilities: Neshaminy Falls toll plaza in Bensalem and a new Cashless Tolling Point (Delaware River Bridge toll plaza westbound), flyover ramps from I-95 North to the Eastbound Turnpike with associated highway widening (I-95 mainline movements), and the Delaware Valley Interchange Connector Ramp reconstruction and new at-grade intersection with Route 13.
Stage 2 work includes the replacement of three additional overhead bridges (one of which has been completed - Bensalem Boulevard), replacement of the overhead ramp bridge at the Bensalem Interchange, the remainder of reconstruction at the Bensalem Interchange, and mainline widening along the remaining portions of the PA Turnpike.
Stage 3 work includes construction of a new parallel bridge and the rehabilitation of the existing bridge over the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Is there a plan for sound barriers?
If the noise studies indicate that noise walls are warranted, feasible and reasonable, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the design team will meet with the individual communities during final design to discuss location, height, and aesthetic treatments for the noise walls. The selected noise walls will not be constructed until the associated adjacent Turnpike widening occurs.
Is stormwater management included in the design plans?
The Design Team has already begun coordination with the appropriate environmental agencies regarding stormwater management. The stages of this project will adhere to the latest local and state government guidelines for controlling runoff from the project. Also, wetland restoration and stream enhancement has taken place to mitigate for project related impacts.
How will construction of this project affect local road conditions, including road closures and detours? How will traffic be impacted on the PA Turnpike and I-95?
At least two lanes of traffic in each direction on the PA Turnpike and I-95 will remain open throughout the entire construction period, with the exception of limited planned nighttime and required off-peak lane closures. The construction of five of the seven overhead structures has been completed. The construction of the two remaining bridges will be staggered so as not to adversely impact local traffic. The Hulmeville Road Bridge will be constructed in two stages, and one lane in each direction will remain open during both stages. During its construction phase, New Falls Road Bridge will be closed and detoured. All detours are required to be routed along State Routes approved by PennDOT and will be shared with the public as construction timeframe approaches.
Once the PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange is complete, will I have to pay a toll when traveling north or south on I-95?
Vehicles traveling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania will be required to pay a one-way vehicle-based toll for crossing the bridge over the Delaware River. This toll will be collected via the Turnpike’s new Cashless Tolling system. Vehicles crossing the bridge over the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey will not be charged. Motorists will be able to travel between the PA 413 and US 13 Interchanges toll free in both directions.
Upon completion of the Interchange, how will the roadway numbering be redesignated?
Upon the completion of the PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange, I-95 in Pennsylvania will be routed up to the new Interchange with I-276 (PA Turnpike), east along the PA Turnpike, across the Delaware River Bridge of the NJ Turnpike Connector to New Jersey, east along the connector to NJ Turnpike Exit 6 and then north along the NJ Turnpike. The existing portion of I-95 north of the PA Turnpike will be redesignated as I-295 East/West to the PA/NJ State Line (Scudder Falls bridge), where I-295 will then change to a North/South state route, serving as an extension of existing I-295 North/South in New Jersey.
What is cashless tolling?
Cashless tolling allows all customers to pay without stopping at tollbooths. The PA Turnpike Commission introduced cashless tolling on the PA Turnpike system in one location in January 2016. This new tolling point, westbound over the PA Turnpike Bridge at the Delaware River, does not accept cash, but instead uses two easy payment options: E-ZPass or a new way for cash customers to pay called PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE. More information can be found at https://www.nocashzone.com/.
Aside from the new Interchange between I-95 and the PA Turnpike, will there be any new interchanges or exits constructed along I-95 or the PA Turnpike?
No. The only new interchange associated with this project will be the highway speed interchange between I-95 and the PA Turnpike. Interstate access to the local road system will still be via the existing Turnpike and I-95 interchanges in the project area.
Do I really have to slow down when I’m driving through the construction zone?
Yes! When traveling through the project, the speed limit is posted at 55 miles-per-hour (mph) in both directions. This is for the safety of the traveling public and for the safety the workers along the roadside.
- The 55 mph speed limit is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week when traveling through the construction zones.
- The speed limit is further reduced to 40 mph when trucks are entering and exiting the Turnpike and during single-lane closures.
- The PTC urges motorists to slow down and obey the posted speed limits.
- Speed limits will be enforced and fines increased.
More information on the penalties for speeding through the work zones can be found here: www.operationorangesqueeze.com.
Will there be work at night?
Yes. Based on the significant volume of work needed to complete the project on time, there will be occasional work at night. This type of work includes heavy machinery and multiple light trucks/devices. Additionally, as part of the contract for this and all Turnpike projects, all construction work requiring lane closures is predominantly conducted at night to accommodate the heavy volume of daily commuters on the Turnpike.
Who can I speak to about impacts to my property (i.e. standing water, fencing, vegetation, debris)?
If you have questions or concerns about the construction project, you can contact Jacobs Engineering, the Design Manager, at 215-355-3577.
Are precautions being taken to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes in the standing water areas in the construction zone?
Yes. When necessary, the PTC will initiate preventative measures during the summer construction months to inhibit the breeding of mosquitoes in the standing water areas within the construction zone. The brand of mosquito extermination product that will be used has been approved by the Bucks County Conservation District. The bacterium in the product effectively eliminates mosquito larvae, yet is harmless to other living things including pets and wildlife. This mosquito treatment will be used only on the temporary sedimentation basins within the construction zone and only during the construction phase. Once complete, the permanent stormwater basins within the project area are designed to regularly release water before mosquitoes can breed. Therefore, the permanent basins will not require preventative mosquito treatment.
Who should I contact about providing supply materials or about employment opportunities related to the construction project?
This project is being built by construction companies under contract to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. As such, all construction or material-related inquiries should be made to the contractor(s).
Section B: Road-Con Inc.
Section D10: PKF Mark III, Inc.
Stage 1 ITS: Miller Bros.
Section D20: James D. Morrissey, Inc.
Section A1: Allan Myers