Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Charlestown bridge will be demolished and rebuilt as the Pennsylvania Turnpike is widened to six lanes.
A portion of Valley Hill Road in Charlestown Township will close Monday as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission prepares to demolish and rebuild the bridge spanning the I-76. The work will be done by West Chester-based contractor Road-Con Inc., and is expected to take until November, according to the PTC: The bridge will be closed to accomodate a project to widen and improve the turnpike:
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Access to the ramps will be shut off at 12:01 a.m. as maintenance work is done to tolling equipment.
Editor's note: The following information comes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Pa. Turnpike to Close Route 29 Interchange (Exit 320) at 12:01 a.m. Sunday Tolling-equipment maintenance requires interchange to be closed for nine hours. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists using Interstate 76 between Downingtown (Exit #312) and Valley Forge (Exit #326) that the Route 29 Interchange (#320, E-ZPass only) will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from 12:01 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sunday, March 3. Motorists can exit the Turnpike westbound at the Downingtown exit #312 and eastbound at the Valley Forge exit #326 to access State Routes 29, Routes 202 and 401 and local roadways. Additionally, the entrance to the Turnpike…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph as crews resurface the turnpike roadway between Valley Forge and Morgantown interchanges.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Thursday that resurfacing work will cause lane closures on the turnpike for several months, beginning in March. The work will take place during off-peak hours, during which time speed limits will be reduced to 40 mph and fines will be doubled. An excerpt from the PTC press release gives the rough timeline as to when the work will move east of Downingtown (emphasis added): The full press release from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is below: Nighttime paving and reduced speeds may cause delays between exits 298 – 326. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists using Interstate 76 between Morgantown (Exit #298) and Valley Forge (Exit #326) to be prepared for intermittent lane …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The internet connection is available inside the service plazas via a landing page.
Editor's note: The following press release comes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Pa. Turnpike Announces Free Wi-Fi Inside All Service Plazas Turnpike travelers can get faster surfing speeds while relaxing inside plazas. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced today that free Wi-Fi service is now available at all operational service plazas. The amenity was added to accommodate Turnpike customers who want to use smartphones, tablets, laptops or other portable devices to access the internet while traveling. Customers can access free Wi-Fi at the 15 operating service plazas; Wi-Fi will be available at the two plazas closed for construction, South Midway in Bedford County and Highspire in Dauphin County, when they reopen in …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Do not pass turnpike plow trucks or service vehicles, warns the turnpike commission.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advised motorists Friday afternoon that the turnpike is under a Weather Emergency from the Ohio connection to the new Route 29 interchange in East Whiteland: The weather emergency advisory started in the western portion of the state and has spread east. Watch the travel advisories in the top-right portion of the turnpike commission website for additional developments.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Just before toll rates went up this month on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tollpayers gave Turnpike Commission Chairman William K. Lieberman a belated Christmas present: a $40,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Approximately 4.5 million pounds of structural steel went into the new interchange.
There's more to the new PA Turnpike interchange in East Whiteland than just I-76 and PA-29. Here are some interesting numbers about the interchange, which opened last month, supplied by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. $48,031.413.02—Construction cost. $60 million—Combined cost of construction and design. 19.5—Months from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting (March 24, 2011, to Dec. 11, 2012) 320—Mile marker of new interchange. 25,000—Number of historical artifacts found during archeological study of Joseph Lewis site. (PDF) $1.02—Additional toll cost for motorists who would have gotten off at earlier exits in Downingtown and Valley Forge. (The amount was $1 before tolls increased two percent on Sunday, Jan. 6.) 2025—Here are projections…
Friday, January 4, 2013
A driver is airlifted to hospital after truck overturns at Valley Forge Turnpike ramp, snarling traffic in the region.
The morning commute was brought to a crawl for thousands of drivers who pass through the busy area where the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (both I-76) meet at the Valley Forge/King of Prussia interchange. A tractor-trailer hauling a containerized shipping unit like the ones carried on ocean-going cargo ships flipped on its side on the on ramp from Valley Forge to the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike. Crews from Berwyn, Radnor, King of Prussia, Norristown and other Montgomery County fire and rescue companies responded to the scene of the wreck, which happened around 7:15 a.m. The driver was pulled from the crushed cab and airlifted to the emergency crew. Crews then needed until about 11:15 a.m. to get the trailer …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Toll rates will increase by 10 percent for cash customers, two percent for E-ZPass users.
Editor's note: The following information comes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Pa. Turnpike Reminds Motorists of Toll Increase Starting This Sunday With new rates, E-ZPass users will pay about 25 percent less than cash customers. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reminds motorists that toll rates will increase on Jan. 6 by 10 percent for cash customers and 2 percent for E-ZPass customers. With the increase, E-ZPass customers who now see about a 17-percent savings on tolls will save about 25 percent, on average, compared to cash. The new rates – which take effect at 12:01 a.m. this Sunday – are expected to generate approximately $25 million in new revenue in 2013. Because tolls have never been increased on the Southern …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The speed limit has been lowered to 45 mph statewide due to heavy snow.
Update 3:45pm—The weather-related turnpike restrictions have been lifted from Morgantown to the Delaware River Bridge, which includes the portion closest to Malvern. From the PTC press release: Due to the heavy snow, the 45 mph speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike remains in effect between the Blue Mountain (Exit #201) and Morgantown (Exit #298) Interchanges and on the entire Northeastern Extension from Mid-County to Clarks Summit (Exit #131). Restrictions have been lifted from Morgantown to the Delaware River Bridge. Original story continues below A crash on the PA Turnpike between the Downingtown and Route 29 interchanges closed a lane of eastbound traffic early Saturday afternoon, as heavy snowfall moved into the region. According …