PennDOT Starting Second Phase Of Route 1 Revamp In Bensalem, Middletown

Eastbound Street Road (Route 132) traffic at the temporary intersection providing access to and from northbound U.S. in March 2019. Photo via PennDOT.

PennDOT’s plan to completely overhaul a section of Route 1 in Lower Bucks is entering its second phase next week.

Starting March 22, workers will widen a 1.5 mile portion of the highway between the Neshaminy and Penndel/Business U.S. 1 interchanges. PennDOT is calling it the U.S. Section RC2 Improvement Project.

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RC2 is contracted for $110.9 million with 80 percent covered by federal funds. It should be complete by 2026.

During this time, motorists can expect periodic lane restrictions.

The first are overnight restrictions, set for between March 22 to March 24 from 8 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. the following morning. The highway will be one lane in each direction for these times.

PennDOT has brought on JD Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, PA, as the general contractor for this second phase.

Construction and improvements include, via PennDOT:

  • Construct a third travel lane in each direction from just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange to the Penndel/U.S.1 Business Interchange;
  • Add an auxiliary in each direction between interchanges from the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Bensalem Interchange, through the Neshaminy Interchange, to the Penndel/Business U.S.1 Interchange;
  • Reconfigure and improve the Neshaminy Interchange;
  • Improve the Penndel/Business U.S.1 Interchange by upgrading the ramps to current design standards and installing longer ramp acceleration/deceleration lanes;
  • Construct new retaining walls along the northbound exit ramp at the Neshaminy Interchange and along northbound U.S. 1 north and south of the bridge over Neshaminy Creek.
  • Install a sound barrier wall along southbound U.S. 1 on the bridge over Business U.S. 1 and CSX/SEPTA rail lines continuing north to Old Lincoln Highway;
  • Reconstruct bridges over Rockhill Drive, the Neshaminy Creek (new separate northbound and southbound bridges), and over Business U.S.1 and CSX/SEPTA rail lines (new separate northbound and southbound bridges);
  • Reconstruct and improve sections of Rockhill Drive, Business U.S. 1 and Old Lincoln Highway;
  • Install 10 new sign structures, three Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), new traffic signals and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) equipment;
  • Relocate water service lines; and
  • Upgrade highway drainage and stormwater systems.