New Ramps, Bridges In Place as Project Heads for December Completion
Paving and bridge construction are substantially completed, and crews are finishing a number of miscellaneous construction items in advance of a December opening of the Turnpike’s new, $60 million Route 29 All Electronic Interchange in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.
All of the bridge decks, parapets and median barrier for the ramp structures over the Turnpike, Yellow Springs Road (2) and Atwater Drive are in place. Crews are finishing work on the at-grade ramps, including the main ramp connection with Route 29 (Morehall Road), and installing guide rail project-wide.
Paving also is wrapping up on Route 29 (Morehall Road) where it has been widened at the new signalized intersection with the interchange ramp. Traffic signals in place at the new intersection will be set to a flashing “test” mode several weeks in advance of Exit 320’s grand opening.
Electronic toll collection gantries and buildings are in place on the main ramp and on the on-ramp from Atwater Drive. Crews are completing installation of the EZPass components at each facility and will run the new equipment through a series of tests in the weeks approaching the ramp’s opening.
Reconstruction of the center section of the Turnpike in the interchange project area has been completed and traffic has been shifted permanently to the center two lanes in each direction of the mainline.
New westbound on-and off ramps are in place on the north side of the Turnpike and tied-in to the westbound merge lanes. Off- and on-ramps also are in place on the eastbound side and tied in to the eastbound side of the Turnpike.
Crews will finish landscaping, grading, line-striping and clean-up activities to finish the project on-time in advance of the year-end holidays.