Contact: Kathy Liebler (717)939-9551 Ext. 2850 March 14, 1997
* Downington Interchange, covering I-76 and PA 100.
* Valley Forge Service Plaza, covering I-76, I-276 ,US 202, Valley Forge Interchange, the
Schuylkill Expressway and US 422.
* Mid County Interchange covering I 476, north and south of the Interchange and I-276,
east and west of the Interchange.
* Willow Grove Interchange Covering the I-276 and PA 611 and
* Lansdale Interchange on the Northeastern Extension, covering I-476 and PA 63.
Signing will be installed along those roadways to inform travelers of the radio system. The signs will be equipped with flashing lights which will be activated when an emergency message is being played on the HAR.
Scanlon said the VMS units will be located eastbound in advance of the Valley Forge Interchange, westbound in advance of the Mid County Interchange and southbound on the Northeastern Extension between the Lansdale Interchange in advance of the junction. The signs, are approximately 30 by 10 feet in size with space for three lines of text with characters 18 inches high.
According to Scanlon the Turnpike will provide timely and accurate travel information for the Turnpike and connecting roads, with the help of the Turnpike's safety patrols, maintenance staffs and emergency service contractors, the State Police, local police departments and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) and its travel information provider.
In addition to the southeastern project, the Turnpike announced last October, it will target another $3 million in federal funding and $750,000 in toll revenue to install 10 HAR and three VMS units in several other locations across the 506 mile long highway. Specific plans have not been announced but Scanlon said the units would "very likely" be placed at interchanges connecting with major interstates.
Scanlon explained that surveillance cameras will also be installed in the Philadelphia area to "allow us to monitor traffic flows and in cases of accidents to provide quicker and easier access for emergency vehicles and equipment."
Commission officials said the Philadelphia area was its first priority for construction of a traveler information system, because of high traffic volumes in that area and the upcoming Schuylkill River Bridge construction project.
P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676 Phone: (717) 939-9551 Fax: (717) 986-9649