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  • Milepost A38 (Clump Road) to A44 (Steinsburg Road)

    Northeastern Extension Total Reconstruction and Widening Project

    Future Typical Section

    NEWSLETTER #1 Fall 2015

    IN THIS ISSUE:

    • Right-of-Way, Stormwater Management and Infiltration Testing

    • Public Officials Briefing

    • Preliminary Open House Plans Display

    Please visit the project website to learn about the project and sign up for project updates: www.paturnpike.com/constructionprojects/mpA38toA44

    ABOUT THE PROJECT

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s (PTC) mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient toll-road system. The Northeastern Extension (I-476) was opened to motorists in 1957, and several full-depth reconstruction projects are underway to replace this aging highway.

    Currently in construction is the northern half of the 11.5 mile total reconstruction and widening of I-476 between the Mid-County and Lansdale interchanges. The southern section between milepost A20-A26 was completed in 2014 and the northern section between Berks Road to north of the Lansdale Interchange (milepost A26 – A31) is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Final design on the next section to be widened from north of the Lansdale Interchange to Clump Road (milepost A31-A38) is winding down with construction anticipated to begin at the end of 2016. When these projects are completed, more than 18 miles of I-476 will have been rebuilt from the ground up and 13 overhead bridges replaced.

    The PTC will invest $200 million toll dollars in the MP A38 to A44 section of I-476 near Quakertown, Pennsylvania, which is traveled by almost 50,000 vehicles per day. The existing four-lane roadway, with a 10-foot right shoulder and limited left lane shoulder, will be reconstructed to accommodate six 12-foot travel lanes (three lanes in each direction) with 12-foot left and right shoulders. The project also will include the reconstruction of four overhead bridges and five mainline bridges. The Quakertown Interchange will be reconfigured as a part of the project.

  • Milepost A38 (Clump Road) to A44 (Steinsburg Road)

    Northeastern Extension Total Reconstruction and Widening Project

    RIGHT-OF-WAY, STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, AND INFILTRATION TESTING

    The majority of the required right-of-way acquisitions for this project are for stormwater management. Stormwater management basin design is governed by several regulatory agencies, and will be refined as the project continues through the permitting process and final design.

    Infiltration testing is required at each proposed basin site to complete final stormwater management design. These tests allow the project team to gather information needed to design and locate stormwater management facilities as required by the regulatory agencies. The results of the infiltration tests determine the location and size of the basins.

    During the testing period, which was initiated in the summer of 2015, the PTC notified owners of property that required testing. Property owners will have the opportunity to contact the project team to discuss the tests or request specific scheduling.

    A43 - A44.5 (Fall 2021 - Fall 2023)

    A38 - A43 (Fall 2019 - Fall 2021)

    Upper Ridge Road (Fall 2017 - Fall 2018)

    PennDOT Bridge Replacement (2018)

    Trumbauersville Road (Fall 2016 - Fall 2017)

    John Fries Highway (Fall 2017 - Fall 2019)

    Steinsburg Road (Fall 2016 - Fall 2017)MP

    A44.5

    MP A38

    RECONSTRUCTION AND WIDENING PROJECT

    Milepost A38 (Clump Road) to A44 (Steinsburg Road)

    Project Location PRELIMINARY

    LEGEND

    A38-A44 NORTHEAST EXTENSION RECONSTRUCTION & WIDENING PROJECT

    OTHER PLANNED RECONSTRUCTION & WIDENING PROJECTS

    The project area begins just north of the Clump Road Bridge (MP A38) and continues to just north of the Steinsburg Road Bridge (MP A44). The project corridor traverses Salford Township in Montgomery County and West Rockhill and Milford Townships in Bucks County. (All dates are tentative).

    PUBLIC OFFICIALS BRIEFING

    On Nov. 13, 2014, the PTC held a meeting for this project at the Milford Township Building in Quakertown to brief elected officials on the upcoming open house plans display. The PTC representatives and their consultants presented to congressional members from Pennsylvania’s 24th Senatorial District and the 53rd Legislative District, in addition to representatives from Bucks County and Milford Township. A formal presentation providing project details was given by the PTC and its consultants, followed by a question and answer session.

    Example infiltration testing basin.

    Trumbauersville Road Bridge - One of four overhead bridges to be replaced as a part of the project, the Trumbauersville Road bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension is currently scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2016.

  • PRELIMINARY OPEN HOUSE PLANS DISPLAY

    On Dec. 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the PTC and its consultants held an open house plans display at the Pfaff Elementary School in Quakertown. The purpose of the meeting was to present the preliminary engineering plans for the project to the public. Nearly 200 citizens attended the meeting.

    The open house provided attendees with the opportunity to review project boards and meet with project team representatives at various stations to ask questions and discuss project details. The stations included:

    • Roadway Design – displayed the entire project corridor, including bridge replacements, stormwater, environmental and property impacts, proposed sound barrier, and retaining wall locations.

    • Traffic Noise Analysis – provided aerial views of the project corridor showing noise monitoring locations and the proposed sound barrier location. The preliminary engineering traffic noise impact study was available at this station, and noise experts were available to answer questions about the noise analysis process.

    • Right-of-Way – provided residents the opportunity to discuss potential property impacts with PTC officials and learn about the right-of-way acquisition process.

    • Other stations – included the project schedule, project location, overhead bridge replacements and detour routes, and a comment area.

    All attendees of the open house were provided with a project brochure, and were encouraged to complete a comment form. All of the comments that requested follow-up have received a response from the project team.

    Sign-up sheets for the project newsletter and e-bulletins also were provided during the open house. Anyone can sign up for project correspondence or contact the project team by visiting the project website: www.paturnpike.com/constructionprojects/mpA38toA44.

    WHAT’S NEXT?

    The project team has moved from the preliminary design phase and into the final design phase. The final design of the overhead bridges to be reconstructed and of the reconfigured Quakertown Interchange is occurring simultaneously with the final design of the mainline. The team continues to develop the construction plans, taking into account the discussions and comments that arose during the preliminary open house plans display. The following tasks are being completed during final design:

    • Advanced environmental testing, cultural resource studies, and permit procurement;

    • Utility coordination and relocations where necessary;

    • Final noise impact analysis and sound barrier structure design;

    • Design of retaining wall structures and Turnpike overpass replacements;

    • Storm sewer system design;

    • Final stormwater management design, including permit procurement;

    • Erosion and sediment pollution control design and permit procurement;

    • Stream relocation design and other environmental mitigation;

    • Traffic control plans and coordination with PennDOT;

    • Construction plans, profiles, cross sections, and specifications;

    • Acquisition of required right-of-way; and

    • Coordination with property owners and the county.

  • NEWSLETTER #1 Fall 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISION PO BOX 67676 HARRISBURG, PA 17106-7676

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact any of the project team members listed below.

    Please visit the project website periodically for updates:

    www.paturnpike.com/constructionprojects/mpA38toA44

    The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. To download the free app, visit:

    www.paturnpike.com/triptalk

    Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by:

    1. calling 866-976-TRIP (8747)

    OR

    2. visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at: www.paturnpike.com/webmap

    DESIGN PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MANAGER

    Scott Duncanson, AICP Public Involvement Manager 717-763-7212 x2172 [email protected]

    DESIGN PROJECT ENGINEER

    Todd Morris, P.E. Senior Engineering Project Manager 717-620-5923 [email protected]

    TURNPIKE PROJECT MANAGER

    Matthew Burd, P.E. Project Manager 717-831-7576 [email protected]

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