PennDOT to Improve U.S. 1 (City Avenue)

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July 26, 2016


PennDOT to Improve Travel and Safety on U.S. 1 (City Avenue) in Philadelphia and Montgomery County


King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will start construction Tuesday, August 2, on a $2.9 million project to improve travel and safety on a three mile section of U.S. 1 (City Avenue) between Interstate 76 and U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) in Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, by installing adaptive traffic signals to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety along the corridor. The project is scheduled to finish in November 2017.


Crews will work the next 16 months to upgrade and fully modernize 17 signalized intersections along U.S. 1 (City Avenue) with a new wireless communication system to better accommodate traffic flow. The improvements also include the installation of new pedestrian push buttons, traffic signal heads, pavement markings, overhead street signs, and 74 new ADA curb ramps.


In addition to installing adaptive traffic signals, PennDOT’s contractor will perform various other roadway improvements on U.S. 1 (City Avenue), including a new left turn and lane configurations at Cardinal Avenue to improve traffic and safety at that intersection.


During construction, U.S. 1 (City Avenue) motorists can expect to face lane restrictions and possible slowdowns Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM while upgrades are performed at each intersection.


The work schedule for next week, weather permitting, is:


  • On Tuesday, August 2, through Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled on U.S. 1 (City Avenue) at Lapsley Lane;


  • On Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled on U.S. 1 (City Avenue) at 59th Street/Raynham Road; and


  • On Monday, August 8, through Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled on U.S. 1 (City Avenue) at Drexel Road/Merion Road.


Armor & Sons Electric Inc., of Langhorne, Bucks County, is the general contractor on the $2,895,674 project, which is financed with 100 percent federalfunds.


The City Avenue Special Services District was responsible for initiating this transportation improvement project and advancing it by obtaining a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant for the acquisition and installation of new traffic-adaptive signal equipment, and financing the engineering design of the new signal system.


Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.  267-784-0801


511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


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MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Rudolph, 610-205-6798



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