Construction Update: Spring 2024

Three U.S.1 Bridges Headed for Completion

Bridge construction is headed for completion this summer at three locations along U.S. 1 in Bensalem and Middletown townships under PennDOT’s $111 million project to widen and improve  U.S. 1 in  Bucks County.

Deck construction on the U.S. 1 southbound structure over the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange and adjacent rail lines resumes this spring while four lanes of traffic use the new northbound bridge that finished in Spring 2023.

Crews at the Neshaminy Creek Bridge have completed the abutments and are building center piers for the new northbound bridge over the creek along with retaining walls at the bridge’s approaches. Beam setting and deck construction will follow later this spring. The new southbound bridge over the creek was finished in mid-2023 and is now carrying four lanes of northbound and southbound traffic through the work area. 

Construction also continues at the southbound U.S. 1 bridge over Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy exit south of the creek. Deck beams were set in April and deck construction will start in mid-May. The new northbound bridge at this interchange also finished last summer.

Adjacent to and under the bridge, work continues on the ramps on the southbound side of the interchange and on improvements to Rockhill Drive that are part of the interchange upgrade.  While the on-ramp to southbound U.S.  1 is still closed for construction, the southbound U.S. 1 off-ramp to Rockhill Drive remains open during construction.

Between the three bridges, U.S. 1 is being widened to accommodate a third lane in each direction. Paving is being placed at locations between the bridges in those areas as excavation and drainage improvements are completed in construction that will continue through spring 2025.

Section RC2 is part two of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships. RC2 construction is expected to be completed in mid-2025.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

A third project, RC3, will improve U.S. 1 from the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange north through the Route 413 overpass. The project remains in Final Design and is not yet scheduled for construction.

Construction Update: Winter 2024

Work Continues on Three Bridges This Winter

Construction continues this winter on three new replacement bridges that are part of the roadway improvements under the $111 million project to widen and improve U.S. 1 in Bensalem and Middletown townships, Bucks County.

New structures over the Neshaminy Creek, the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange and adjacent rail lines, and Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy Exit remain in various stages of completion.

Crews at the Neshaminy Creek Bridge are building abutments and center piers for the new northbound bridge over the creek (see above). The new southbound bridge over the creek was finished in mid-2023 and is now carrying four lanes of northbound and southbound traffic through the work area.

North of the creek, deck construction is underway on the new southbound bridge over the interchange (see above) while four lanes of traffic use the new northbound bridge that finished last spring.

Construction also continues at the southbound U.S. 1 bridge over Rockhill Drive (see bottom image) at the Neshaminy exit south of the creek. The new northbound bridge at this interchange also finished last summer.

Adjacent to the bridge, work continues on the ramps on the southbound side of the interchange through next spring. While the on-ramp to southbound U.S. 1 is still closed for construction, the southbound U.S. 1 off-ramp to Rockhill Drive remains open during construction.

Between the three bridges, U.S. 1 is being widened to accommodate a third lane in each direction. Pavement is being placed at locations between the bridges in those areas as excavation and drainage improvements are completed.

Section RC2 is part two of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships. RC2 construction is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

A third project, RC3, will improve U.S. 1 from the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange north through the Route 413 overpass. The project is beginning the Environmental Assessment phase and is not yet scheduled for construction.

Construction Update: Fall 2023

Bridge Construction Continues at Three Locations Along U.S. 1

Construction progresses this fall on three new bridges being replaced under the $111 million project to widen and improve U.S. 1 in Bensalem and Middletown townships, Bucks County.

New structures over the Neshaminy Creek, the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange and adjacent rail lines, and Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy Exit remain in various stages of construction.

The northbound side of the old bridge over the Neshaminy Creek was dismantled over the summer, and crews are now building abutments and a center support column for the new northbound span. The new southbound bridge over the creek was finished earlier in the year and is now carrying four lanes of northbound and southbound traffic (see above).

At the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 exit north of the creek, traffic is using the new northbound bridge over the interchange while the adjacent southbound structure is being built. Crews set deck beams for the new bridge in late summer (see above) and will continue the process of building the new bridge’s deck through the remainder of the year.

At the Neshaminy exit south of the creek, where work on the new northbound bridge finished in mid-summer, construction is now underway on the new southbound side of the overpass at Rockhill Drive.

The new northbound off-on ramps at Rockhill Drive, now both located at the southeast quadrant of the interchange, are in service while work continues on the ramps on the southbound side of the interchange through next spring (see right). While the on-ramp to southbound U.S. 1 is still closed for construction, the southbound U.S. 1 off-ramp to Rockhill Drive remains open during construction.

Activity on U.S. 1 between the Turnpike and the bridge over Rockhill Drive has shifted to the median area, where crews are installing new drainage components and sign structures prior to constructing new pavement (see below).

Section RC2 is part two of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships. RC2 construction is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

A third project, RC3, will improve U.S. 1 from the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange north through the Route 413 overpass. The project remains in Final Design and is not yet scheduled for construction.

Construction Update: Summer 2023

Bridge Construction This Summer at Three Locations Along U.S. 1

As four lanes of U.S. 1 traffic weave through the work zone from the Turnpike Interchange to north of the Penndel Exit (see below), PennDOT’s contractor continues making progress on three new bridges and other improvements being completed under the $111 million project to widen and improve U.S. 1 in Bensalem and Middletown townships, Bucks County.

New structures over the Neshaminy Creek, the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange and adjacent rail lines, and Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy Exit are in various stages of completion.

Near the center of the mile-long work area, crews are dismantling the existing northbound bridge over the Neshaminy Creek (see right) and will begin building abutments for the new span this summer.

Four lanes of northbound and southbound U.S. 1 traffic were shifted onto the new southbound Neshaminy Creek bridge last spring following completion of roadway improvements on both sides of the bridge. 

North of the creek, abutment and center support pier construction continue on the new southbound bridge at the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange (see below). Working through the challenges of building a bridge over busy SEPTA/CSX rail lines and imposing PECO electric line towers, crews expect to finish building the bridge’s supports and installing deck beams in late September, with deck work continuing into the fall.

Up the hill south of the creek, vehicles are riding on new southbound pavement and shoulders and then over the existing southbound bridge over Rockhill Drive while the northbound side of the bridge is being constructed. The new northbound bridge is anticipated to be completed in early August. Once the northbound side is completed, traffic will be shifted onto the rebuilt section while crews demolish and reconstruct the southbound side of the overpass.

The stop sign at the end of the ramp from the Turnpike to northbound U.S. 1 also will be removed at this time as traffic entering the expressway will have a continuous third lane to merge with mainline traffic.

Last spring, following completion of a long retaining wall to support the widened northbound pavement approaching the Neshaminy exit, traffic leaving and entering U.S. 1 was shifted onto new northbound on-off ramps. Traffic was placed on the new off-ramp at the Penndel exit as well.

The on-ramp to southbound U.S. 1 from Rockhill Drive remains closed for construction to improve the interchange. While the rebuilt southbound off-ramp here remains open, crews will reconstruct the southbound on-ramp during construction of the southbound side of the overpass, which is expected to be completed and the ramp reopened next spring.

Excavation north of the Turnpike continues in the shoulder areas to allow for the construction of an additional travel lane in both directions on U.S. 1 through the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange. Widened sections on the northbound side will be completed and opened to traffic following completion of the new northbound bridge over the Neshaminy Creek.

Section RC2 is part two of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships. RC2 construction is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Michael B. Carroll Confirmed as Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that the Pennsylvania State Senate has confirmed Michael B. Carroll as the next Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary.

Under the direction of Governor Shapiro, Carroll has prioritized efficiency and customer service at PennDOT and is focused on directly improving the lives of Pennsylvanians through streamlined, helpful services. Carroll has advocated in support of Governor Shapiro’s budget, which will provide increased funding for Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges while ensuring the critical work of the State Police remains fully funded.

Among other accomplishments since Carroll has taken office, PennDOT has put 229 construction projects out to bid totaling $869.5 million in value. Additionally, PennDOT has made more than 20 commonly-used driver licensing and motor vehicle forms available for online submission, just one week after Governor Shapiro signed an Executive Order establishing the Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience (CODE PA) to improve online services provided by the Commonwealth.

Carroll was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006 and served as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee from 2018 through 2022.

“I am honored to have this opportunity, and I’m proud of the team we have assembled to carry PennDOT’s important mission forward, said Carroll. “Transportation is central to every aspect of our daily lives, and the PennDOT team is hard at work keeping people across the Commonwealth connected to opportunity and each other. I am honored to carry out Governor Shapiro’s vision to ensure PennDOT builds a better future for all Pennsylvanians.”

For more information on PennDOT’s mission and leadership, visit the PennDOT website.

Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news and traffic alerts at www.penndot.pa.gov/news or choose a region under “Regional Offices.” Information about the state’s infrastructure and results the department is delivering for Pennsylvanians can be found at www.penndot.pa.gov/results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.

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Construction Update: Spring 2023

Work this spring will focus on the construction of three new bridges on U.S. 1 along with the continued widening of the highway to construct an additional travel lane in each direction.

With all lanes of traffic now on the rebuilt northbound portion of the U.S. 1 bridge over the Penndel/Business 1 Interchange and adjacent CSX/SEPTA rail lines, demolition began in January to prepare for the construction of the southbound side of the structure (see below). The old bridge’s remaining support piers will be demolished this spring as crews construct the abutments for the new southbound span.

Immediately south of this bridge, work will wrap up in early spring on a new traffic pattern that shifts northbound and southbound traffic onto the new southbound bridge over the Neshaminy Creek that was completed last fall (see bottom photo). Once both directions of traffic are placed on the new bridge, the existing northbound bridge will be demolished, and work will begin on the new northbound side of the creek crossing.

Work continues to replace the northbound side of the Rockhill Drive bridge over U.S. 1, with both directions of traffic traveling on the existing southbound side. Once the northbound side is completed, traffic will be shifted onto the rebuilt section while crews demolish and reconstruct the southbound side. The on-ramp to southbound U.S. 1 from Rockhill Drive remains closed for construction to improve the interchange.

Excavation north of the Turnpike continues in the shoulder areas to allow for the construction of an additional travel lane in both directions on U.S. 1 through the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange. On the northbound side approaching the Neshaminy Exit, construction of a retaining wall to support the embankment for construction of a new off-ramp to Rockhill Drive (see above-right).

Section RC2 is part two of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships. RC2 construction is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Construction Update: Winter 2022-23

Construction This Winter on Two New U.S. 1 Bridges North of the Turnpike; U.S. 1 Improvements Completed South of the Turnpike

With U.S. 1 improvements between Old Lincoln Highway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County (Section RC1) completed in December 2022 (see below), construction this winter will focus on the construction of two new bridges north of the Turnpike (Section RC2).

Section RC1 roadway, bridge, and interchange construction between the Turnpike Interchange and Old Lincoln Highway in Bensalem Township, the first of three construction projects for PennDOT’s U.S. 1 Bucks Improvement Project, finished in early December. Section RC1 construction began in late 2018, reconstructed and widened one mile of U.S. 1, and replaced bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Turnpike and its ramps, and Bristol Road. The U.S. 1/Street Road (Route 132) interchange also was reconstructed.

RC2

Last fall work was finished on the new northbound U.S. 1 bridge over the rail lines at the Penndell/Business U.S. 1 Interchange. Two lanes of traffic in each direction were shifted onto the new structure while the contractor completed construction of the northbound section of the new U.S. 1 bridge over the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange. All lanes of traffic were subsequently shifted onto the new span to allow for the demolition and reconstruction of the southbound side that began in early January (see below).

U.S.1 excavation north of the Turnpike continues in the northbound and southbound shoulder areas for the construction of an additional travel lane in both directions on U.S. 1 through the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange.

Additionally, construction continues to replace the northbound side of the U.S. 1 bridge over Rockhill Drive (see right) to accommodate the widening on U.S. 1. Both directions of U.S. 1 traffic travel on the existing southbound side during this bridge construction. The on-ramp to southbound U.S.1 from Rockhill Drive remains closed for construction to improve the interchange.

Section RC2 is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

The contracts, RC1 and RC2, are part of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S.1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous section of the highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

Wolf Administration Recaps Robust 2022 Construction Season Across Southeast Pennsylvania

PENNDOT MARKS COMPLETION OF FIRST OF THREE U.S. 1 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN BUCKS COUNTY

December 7, 2022 – PennDOT District 6 Executive Lou Belmonte was joined by local and elected officials in Bensalem Township, Bucks County today to celebrate the completion of the U.S. 1 Section RC1 improvement project and to highlight the departments’ 2022 construction season that included 55 new contracts worth an estimated $800 million to repair, reconstruct and improve state highways and bridges across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

“It’s a significant achievement to deliver these types of large investments to improve our roadways and bridges,” said District 6 Executive Louis Belmonte. “From large scale corridor-wide programs and intersection improvement projects to roadway resurfacing and repairing bridges, we’re laser-focused on enhancing the safety and efficiency of our transportation network.”

PennDOT District 6 currently has more than 135 projects currently under construction valued at more than $2 billion. Several of the projects are supported and accelerated by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). In 2022 alone, the BIL is bringing at least $115 million in additional funding to the District 6 region to be allocated by the department and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Some of the most notable construction projects that began this year include:

  • Interstate 95 Section CP3: $53.2 million project to construct a new ramp from Cottman Avenue (Route 73) to southbound I-95 in the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia and perform roadway and utility improvements in the area of the interchange.
  • I-476/MacDade Boulevard Improvements: $16.2 million project to improve travel and safety on a section of MacDade Boulevard and at the northbound Interstate 476 and MacDade Boulevard Interchange in Ridley Township, Delaware County.
  • Worthington Mill Road Bridge Replacement: $4.5 million project to replace the Worthington Mill Road bridge over Neshaminy Creek in Wrightstown and Northampton townships, Bucks County.
  • West Coulter Street Bridge Replacement: $3.7 million project to replace the West Coulter Street bridge superstructure over SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West line in Philadelphia.
  • Route 162 (Embreeville Road) Bridge Replacement: $1.7 million project to replace the Route 162 (Embreeville Road) bridge over West Branch of Brandywine Creek in Newlin Township, Chester County.
  • Old Skippack Road Roundabout: $1.6 million project to construct a roundabout to improve travel and safety at the intersection of Old Skippack Road and Schwenksville Road/Shelly Road in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County.

Some of the most notable projects that were completed this year include:

  • I-95 Section GR4: $328.3 million project to rebuild and improve 1.5 miles of southbound Interstate 95 between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue in Philadelphia. The project also includes replacement of the mile-long I-95 southbound viaduct and the associated southbound ramps at Girard Avenue.
  • Chestnut Street Bridges: $104.7 million project to rehabilitate and improve Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River and several nearby bridges.
  • Route 320 Hanging Rock: $9.2 million project to reconstruct, improve and realign the roadway away from the historic Hanging Rock in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.
  • King Street Bridge: $4.2 million project to replace the bridge carrying Route 663 (King Street) over Manatawny Creek in Pottstown Borough, Montgomery County.
  • New Hanover Square Bridge: $2.7 million project to replace the bridge carrying New Hanover Square Road over a branch of Swamp Creek in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County.
  • Little Washington Road Bridge: $1.4 million project to replace the bridge carrying the highway over Culbertson Run in East Brandywine Township, Chester County.

The news conference today also celebrated the completion of PennDOT’s $94.5 million U.S. 1 Section RC1 project to widen and reconstruct more than a mile of U.S. 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike and improve the U.S. 1 interchanges at the Turnpike and at Street Road (Route 132).

Section RC1 also included replacement of U.S. 1 bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the Turnpike’s interchange ramps with wider structures to accommodate additional lanes on U.S. 1. The new bridges have improved vertical clearance for the increased height of today’s commercial vehicles. The Bristol Road bridge over U.S. 1 also was replaced with a longer span to provide room for widening U.S. 1 that is currently underway as part of the adjacent Section RC2 project.

Additionally, under the Section RC 1 contract, the old guide rail median on U.S. 1 was replaced with a new concrete median/glare screen, a northbound lane was added at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Old Lincoln Highway, a new stormwater drainage system was installed, and sound walls were added along southbound U.S. 1 south of the Turnpike.

The project also included major improvements to the U.S. 1/Street Road (Route 132) Interchange. The original ramps to and from U.S. 1 north were replaced with new ramps at a signalized intersection on the south side of the interchange. The ramps from U.S. 1 South to eastbound and westbound Street Road (Route 132) and from westbound Street Road (Route 132) also were replaced at a new signalized intersection. And a new ramp to southbound U.S. 1 from eastbound Street Road (Route 132) also was constructed.

Ramps to and from U.S. 1 and the Turnpike interchange were reconstructed with improved turning geometry to meet current design standards. A second lane was added to the ramp from northbound U.S. 1 to the Turnpike and from southbound U.S. 1 to the Turnpike.

Section RC1 is the first of three construction contracts that comprise PennDOT’s U.S. 1 Improvement Project to widen U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway), replace aging bridges, and complete a number of highway safety enhancements along a five-mile segment of U.S. 1 that extends from Old Lincoln Highway to just north of the Corn Crib Lane overpass in Bensalem and Middletown townships and Langhorne Manor and Langhorne boroughs.

Construction is currently underway on Section RC2 to the north, where U.S. 1 is being widened and new bridges are under construction over the Neshaminy Creek, over ramps and rail lines at the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange, and over Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy Interchange.

A third project, Section RC3, will improve U.S. 1 from north of the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange to north of the Corn Crib Lane overpass in Middletown Township and Langhorne Manor and Langhorne boroughs. Section RC3 is currently progressing through the preliminary engineering stage and is anticipated to move into final design in early 2024.  The project is advancing toward construction beginning in late 2026.

Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov

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Construction Update: Fall 2022

Section RC1 Substantially Completed. Three New Bridges Under Construction North of the PA Turnpike

The project to improve U.S. 1 in Bucks County reaches significant milestones this fall with the substantial completion of Section RC1 and completion of two new bridges north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Section RC1, the first of three construction projects for PennDOT’s U.S. 1 Bucks Improvement Project, will be completed this fall after nearly four years of construction to widen and improve the roadway between the Turnpike Interchange and Old Lincoln Highway. Section RC2 remains focused on the construction of new U.S. 1 bridges over the Neshaminy Creek, over Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy Exit, and over the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange.


RC1

The first of three projects under PennDOT’s initiative to improve travel and safety on the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County, the $95 million Section RC1 contract between Old Lincoln Highway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange will be substantially finished in early fall.

Under construction since late 2018, Section RC1 reconstructed and widened approximately one mile of U.S. 1, and replaced bridges over Street Road (Route 132), the Turnpike and its ramps. The Bristol Road bridge over U.S. 1 also was replaced under this first section to accelerate work on the U.S. 1 widening currently underway under Section RC2.

In addition, a third travel lane was constructed in each direction, medians were widened to provide 12-foot-wide inside shoulders, and driveway accesses from U.S. 1 to Street Road were relocated. The road’s profile also was raised to improve vertical clearances over Street Road (Route 132), the Turnpike and its ramps.

The U.S. 1 interchange with Street Road (Route 132) also was reconstructed. The westbound Street Road (Route 132) ramp was relocated to the south side of the highway, where it shares a new signalized intersection, with turn lanes, with the off-ramp from northbound U.S. 1. Ramps to and from southbound U.S. 1 were constructed west of U.S. 1, with access at another new signalized intersection.

Left-turn lanes also were added in both directions at the Turnpike’s westbound slip ramp intersection on Street Road (Route 132), and a new on-ramp from eastbound Street Road (Route 132) to southbound U.S. 1 was added.

Section RC1 included replacement of the ramps to and from U.S.1 and the Turnpike interchange. 

Post-construction “punch list” adjustments, with associated short-term travel restrictions, may continue in the RC1 work area through spring 2023


RC2

Section RC2 construction north of the Turnpike continued with excavation in the northbound and southbound shoulder areas, where an additional lane will be built in each direction through the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange.

Also at that interchange, the northbound ramp to Penndel/Business U.S. 1 has been reconstructed and widened. A temporary traffic signal is in place during construction at the turn-around at the bottom of the ramp to southbound Old Lincoln Highway.

On the southbound side, crews completed deck construction on the new southbound U.S. 1 bridge over the Neshaminy Creek and began construction of the third southbound lane south of the bridge through to the Neshaminy Interchange. The bridge is currently being used as the on-ramp to southbound U.S. 1 from Old Lincoln Highway while the new mainline bridge approach is being constructed.

A major traffic pattern shift is expected in spring 2023 that will move two lanes of northbound and southbound U.S. 1 traffic onto the new southbound bridge, allowing the existing bridge to be dismantled and demolished over the winter months. Once the bridge and its supports are removed, work will get underway to build the new northbound structure.

North of the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 interchange, construction also is progressing on the new northbound bridge over the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange and the adjacent rail lines (see above). At the completion of this structure later this fall, two lanes each of northbound and southbound U.S. 1 traffic will be moved onto the new span and then shifted to the west as part of the traffic shift onto the new southbound bridge over Neshaminy Creek. Work will begin to remove and replace the original southbound bridge.

The section of Old Lincoln Highway between the southbound on-ramp and Bristol Road also was reconstructed over the summer and reopened in early fall.

In late summer, following work started on replacing the U.S. 1 bridge over Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy Exit. U.S. 1 traffic was shifted to the existing southbound bridge, and work is now underway to replace the northbound side of the overpass with a wider structure to accommodate the widening on U.S. 1. The on-ramp to southbound U.S. 1 from Rockhill Drive has been closed for construction to improve the interchange. Section RC2 is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

The contracts, RC1 and RC2, are part of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, replacing several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

PennDOT Phases in Newly-Designed Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that, as part of ongoing security enhancements, PennDOT is updating the design and enhancing the security features of its driver’s license and identification card products.

“The update is an important component of PennDOT’s ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver’s license and identification card issuance process,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said.

PennDOT is piloting the new products at the Summerdale Driver License Center in Enola beginning September 12, 2022. All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by mid-November 2022. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. The new products will be phased in during renewal cycles and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

Both standard and REAL ID-compliant products will use the new design and security featuresREAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania, and customers are able to opt into REAL ID. Beginning May 3, 2023, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID. More information about REAL ID can be on the REAL ID page on the Driver and Vehicle Services website.

The cards look different and have additional enhanced security features that improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration.

Some of the enhanced features include:

  • Guilloche Security Design, a feature that includes sophisticated techniques to embed a variety of customized security patterning into the credential, using non-commercial software developed specifically for high-security documents (banknotes, passports, ID cards, etc);
  • Optically Variable Ghost Portrait and Variable Data with UV, features that change their appearance when the viewing angle of the card changes, which moves them from fully visible to non-visible. The card also includes an ultraviolet (UV) response that fluoresces under UV lighting. The UV response is fixed – visible under UV light regardless of viewing angle;
  • Dynamic Look Through Element (DLTE), a dynamic feature with a gold metallic tint that is visible under direct lighting.

The new cards comply with American Association of Motor Vehicle Association (AAMVA) 2020 specifications.
Customers may obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications, and driver training manuals, online through the Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and include driver’s license, photo ID, and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.