This project will reconstruct and widen the PA Turnpike to three lanes in each direction from Bensalem Boulevard (Milepost 355) to the I-95 flyover connection in lower Bucks County.
Project Summary: Reconstruct and widen the turnpike between Bensalem Boulevard and the I-95 flyover connection
Construction Start: August 2023
Construction Completion: October 2026
Project Total: $64.2 million
General Contractor: James D. Morrissey
Construction Manager: Hill International, Inc.
Design Consultant: Gannett Fleming
This construction project also includes:
- Reconstruction and widening of the mainline Turnpike from a four-lane to a six-lane divided roadway typical section
- Accommodation for future I-95/I-295 ramp tie-ins
- Mainline bridge replacement over Neshaminy Creek and Newportville Road
- Stormwater management facilities
- Sound barrier walls
Project Schedule & Map
Section D30 construction began in fall 2023. With a three-year project duration, the estimated completion is the end of 2026. View more information on Section D30 here.
In spring 2023, Public Outreach regarding proposed noise walls throughout the Section D30 corridor took place. Additional information is detailed below.
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Traffic Noise Resources
Noise Impact Analysis
A noise impact analysis report was prepared for the Section D30 corridor from Bensalem Boulevard (Milepost 355) to the Section D10/D20 flyovers (Milepost 356). This report describes the methodology and presents the findings of the traffic noise study conducted for the full-depth reconstruction project of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The full-depth reconstruction project will convert the existing four-lane roadway with a 10-foot median to a six-lane typical section with up to a 26-foot median. The purpose of the traffic noise study is (1) to determine if project-related noise impacts will occur and (2) to determine whether noise abatement for affected areas in the form of sound barriers or other mitigation measures would be warranted, feasible, and reasonable, based upon Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) criteria as utilized by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC).
The Final Design Noise Analysis (FDNA) was to refine the Preliminary Engineering Noise Analysis (PENA) report, generated in 2006, with an emphasis on the areas affected by the Stage 2 project elements where noise barriers were determined to be warranted, feasible, and reasonable. For those areas, the analysis assessed the effects of the traffic noise, considered and compared various barrier options, and developed acoustical profiles for recommended barriers. Due to the more refined analysis conducted during the FDNA process, considerably more noise-sensitive receptors were analyzed during the FDNA than during the PENA.
Noise impacts were evaluated by comparing the predicted noise levels with existing noise levels. A noise impact was identified if the future (design year 2050) noise level was predicted to be equal or exceed 66bB(A), or if future noise levels within the project were predicted to cause a substantial increase (>10dB(A)) as compared to existing noise levels.
Recommended Sound Barrier Locations
This section provides access to the map (see image above) that shows recommended sound barrier locations throughout the Section D30 project area without having to download the entire Noise Analysis Report.
On March 22, 2023, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission met with benefited property owners in the project area to determine whether or not they wanted a sound barrier and if so, the preferred color and texture of the barrier facing the community.
Benefited property owners are defined as those who will experience a five-decibel decrease or more in traffic noise levels with the installation of a noise barrier during the project’s design year (2050), as modeled in the Noise Impact Analysis Report. Property owners who were categorized as benefited were sent packages including a Section D30 Project Information/FAQ Sheet, a Section D30 project graphic, a Noise Community Meeting Newsletter, and a Noise Ballot. The ballot provided the recipients the opportunity to vote on the inclusion of a sound barrier and their preferences for the color and texture of the wall.
Fifty percent of the benefited property owners in the project area participated in the voting process. The detailed results of the vote are listed below:
|Voting Group/Noise Study Area
|1 - NSA 7
|East of New Falls Road and South of I-276, adjacent to Ramp A (I-276 Eastbound to I-95 Southbound)
|Gray Dry Stacked Stone
|2 - NSA 17
|East of Bensalem Boulevard and north of I-276 Westbound, adjacent to I-276 Westbound and future Ramp C (I-95/I-295 to I-276 Westbound)
|Gray Exposed Aggregate
|3 - NSA 18
|East of Bensalem Boulevard and West of New Falls Road, adjacent to I-276 Eastbound and future Ramp A (I-276 Eastbound to I-95 Southbound)
|Gray Dry Stacked Stone