A bridge demolition this Saturday night will completely close a section of Route 1 for a 12 hour period and section of Bristol Road for half a year.

Crews will be completely demolishing the Bristol Road Overpass over Route 1 Saturday night. This will have significant impact on traffic patterns in the short term and long term.

It will temporarily close Route 1 in Bensalem Township in both directions between the Neshaminy and Business 1/Penndel interchanges from 10 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday. Motorists planning to use the highway must instead detour to I-95 and Woodhaven Road.

This section of Bristol Road between Old Lincoln Highway and Neshaminy Boulevard is already closed as of 6 a.m. Friday, November 6. It will remain closed for the next six months.

Motorists can take a short detour around the demolished bridge using Neshaminy Boulevard, Rockhill Road, and Old Lincoln Highway.

PennDOT warns this demolition will be very noisy for the surrounding neighborhoods. But the twelve hour continuous workload means the noise will be contained to a single evening.

And for everyone else, it should cause less future headaches. PennDOT estimates this will speed up the RC1 Section by a full year.

The RC1 Section project refers to the overhaul of the Street Road, U.S. 1 interchange over the PA Turnpike. This work should be complete by Fall 2021.

Related work next week for bridge and roadway construction will put in place daytime and nighttime lane restrictions.

Sunday, November 8, through Saturday, November 14, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, November 8, through Friday, November 13, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, periodic single lane closures will be in place on:

  • northbound or southbound U.S. 1 between Rockhill Drive and Old Lincoln Highway;
  • eastbound or westbound Street Road (Route 132) between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way.