Milepost 324-326

Traveling Construction Milepost 324-326

Total Reconstruction Project

Project Overview

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This project will widen and reconstruct two miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Valley Forge Service Plaza (Milepost 324) to the Valley Forge Interchange (Milepost 326) in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County.

The existing four-lane roadway with a 10-foot median and 12-foot-wide shoulders will be converted into a six-lane facility with three 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, a 26-foot median and 12-foot-wide outside shoulders.

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The project also includes replacement of mainline bridges carrying the Turnpike over U.S. 422/N. Gulph Road, Glenhardie Road, and Thomas Road, plus lengthening of culverts, construction of sound barriers at certain locations, and construction of stormwater management facilities and other drainage improvements across the project.

The original project was six miles in length from the Route 29 Interchange (Milepost 320) to the Valley Forge Interchange (Milepost 326). Due to litigation and the current financial challenges facing the Commission, it was broken into two separate construction contracts: This project, plus a second contract for the western two thirds of the corridor from the Route 29 Interchange (Milepost 320) to the Valley Forge Service Plaza (Milepost 324). For more information on that project, go to www.patpconstruction.com/milepost-320-324/design-construction-details

Design Details

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This project involves involves a full-depth total reconstruction of two miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Upon completion, the existing four-lane roadway with a 10-foot median and 12-foot shoulder will be converted into a six-lane facility with three 12-foot travel lanes each direction, a 26-foot median and 12-foot shoulders.

This project also includes the replacement of three mainline bridges, lengthening of culverts, construction of sound barriers, and the construction of stormwater management facilities and other drainage improvements at various locations throughout the project limits.

 

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Project Plans

This project is part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's statewide total reconstruction initiative, which entails rebuilding sections of the 70-plus-year-old Turnpike. The new roadway design meets current interstate design criteria and will provide a safer and more efficient travel experience for Turnpike customers. This section is the most heavily traveled four-lane section of the east/west mainline Turnpike, and projected growth dictates additional lanes. In addition to the proposed improvements benefitting Turnpike customers, the adjacent communities will be enhanced through stormwater improvements and noise mitigation.

The project originally extended another four miles west to the Route 29 Interchange (Milepost 320). Due to the funding challenges and to reduce prolonged inconvenience to the local residents, this project is being constructed as the first phase.

The links below show the current project plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is construction expected to begin and how long will it take to complete?

Will the local roads crossing under the Turnpike be impacted during construction?

Will construction occur at night?

Why were the trees cut down prior to construction?

Will fence be provided between the construction area and adjacent properties?

When will the house at 1528 Glenhardie Road that the PTC acquired for stormwater basins be demolished?

How did the PTC determine where the sound barriers will be located?

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When will the sound barriers be installed?

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Will tolls have to be increased to pay for this project?

Does the PTC expect to continue widening to the west?

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