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 …
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…
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 …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recommends motorists download its smartphone app, TripTalk, to receive real-time, GPS-based audio updates about hazardous weather and road conditions.
Editor's note: The following information comes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The Pennsylvania Turnpike reassures travelers that it is ready to handle the increased traffic that’s expected and confront any wintry weather that may occur during the holiday period. Turnpike officials expect more than 4.1 million vehicles will travel the Turnpike from Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1 with the heaviest traffic period being Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. "Regardless of what weather lies ahead, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is prepared to provide the highest level of service and the safest possible roadway," said Turnpike acting CEO Craig Shuey. The Turnpike's maintenance department is committed to providing a safe highway …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Governor Corbett and other dignitaries will cut the ribbon Tuesday at the new Route 29 interchange.
After decades of planning and nearly two years of construction, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will open a new interchange in East Whiteland Township Tuesday. Governor Corbett will be joined by other dignitaries and the media for the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the early afternoon. According to a press release from the PTC, the first vehicles should begin using the new ramps shortly thereafter: The new interchange, which connects to Route 29 in the northeastern tip of East Whiteland Township, is the first all-access interchange to open on the turnpike in decades. See also: East Whiteland Turnpike Ramps to Open Dec. 11 Two-Year Effort to Widen Route 29 Begins Tuesday Turnpike Tolls to Increase in 2013
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Gov. Tom Corbett will attend ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The new Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange at Route 29 in East Whiteland will open Dec. 11, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Governor Tom Corbett will attend the ribbon cutting and grand opening event. The $60 million project connects both directions of Route 29, known as Morehall Road in that area, to both directions of the turnpike, Interstate 76, via an E-ZPass-only interchange. Keep up on breaking news by liking Malvern Patch on Facebook. The project has been in the works for more than 20 years. Completion of the interchange in fall 2012 is consistent with the time frame set forth when ground was broken at the site in March 2011. See also: New Turnpike Interchange to Open in December E-ZPass Now Available at Wegmans …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Morehall, Yellow Springs and Howells roads will see restrictions and closures as crews work on the new Route 29 interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Editor's note: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission broke ground in March 2011 on construction of a new, E-ZPass-only interchange at Route 29 in East Whiteland. The interchange is slated to be open to traffic by fall 2012. As crews clear the construction area, drivers will see restrictions on some local roads. The following information comes Mimi Doyle, a spokesperson for the PTC. ----------------------- [B]elow is a brief outline of project related traffic restrictions, road closures and detour information occurring next week. Yellow Springs Road will be detoured over North Valley Road, East Swedesford Road, and Route 29 (Morehall Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Closed Saturday (March 31) between the …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The paces and traffic stoppages will take place between Valley Forge and Downingtown interchanges, as excavation is performed for the new East Whiteland interchange.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Editor's note: The following information is an excerpt from a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission press release. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that motorists traveling on the Turnpike (I-76) east from Downingtown and west from Valley Forge will experience slow-moving traffic and stoppages of no more than 15 minutes [from] December 20-22. The weekly bi-directional traffic paces and stoppages are scheduled to continue Tuesday - Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. until February 2012. Allan A. Myers, the general contractor building the all-electronic toll facility, will resume excavating the rock slope adjacent to the westbound Turnpike mainline and requires traffic paces and 15-minute stoppages to safely complete blasting without…