Overnight closures planned for I-76, Route 1

January 11, 2008 6:03:47 PM PST
PennDOT is continuing its current project to create a smoother, smarter transportation system for thousands of local drivers. The project addresses slowdowns, standstills and plain old traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Short of expanding the highway, PennDOT may have found the solution to the aggravation.

Contractors and construction crews are hard-wiring I-76 between 476 and Passyunk Avenue as well as the Roosevelt Boulevard Extension for new equipment.

It's part of PennDOT's so-called Intelligent Transportation System, or ITS. Intelligent not only because of the sophisticated technology involved, but also because it will help drivers make smart decisions.

ITS is a nearly 24-million dollar project. Most of the equipment will be up and running toward the end of summer. It will include 43 closed circuit tv cameras, which PennDOT can monitor at their traffic management center in King of Prussia.

There will also be message signs to let drivers know where there's a backup and why, and even suggest a detour. Sensors on the side of the highway will be able to detect a slowdown.

Crews are also installing travel time readers, which will let people know how long it will take to reach a certain exit.

The work is mostly being done at night. This phase of the project will impact some lanes until January 19.

Weather permitting, the contractor's upcoming schedule is:

  • Friday and Saturday (Jan. 11-12) from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., Route 1's northbound right lane will be closed between Wissahickon Avenue and Broad Street in Philadelphia.

  • Sunday through Thursday (Jan. 13-17) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., I-76's westbound right lane will be closed between Belmont Avenue and Interstate 476 in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.

  • Sunday and Monday (Jan. 13-14) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., I-76's westbound right lane will be closed between South Street and Interstate 676 in Philadelphia.

  • Sunday through Thursday (Jan. 13-17) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., I-76's eastbound right lane will be closed between I-476 and Belmont Avenue in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.

  • Sunday through Thursday (Jan. 13-17) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Route 1's northbound right lane will be closed between Wissahickon Avenue and Broad Street in Philadelphia.

  • Monday through Thursday (Jan. 14-17) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., I-76's eastbound left lane will be closed between University Avenue and Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia.

  • Monday through Friday (Jan. 14-18) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Route 1's southbound left lane will be closed between Henry Avenue and I-76 in Philadelphia.

  • From 10 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15) to 5 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16), the right lane will be closed on the eastbound I-76 ramp to eastbound I-676 in Philadelphia.

  • From 10 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16) to 5 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 17), Route 1's northbound right lane will be closed between Ridge Avenue and Wissahickon Avenue in Philadelphia.

  • From 10 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17) to 5 a.m. Friday (Jan. 18), Route 1's southbound right lane will be closed between Broad Street and Fox Street in Philadelphia.

  • Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., Route 1's northbound right lane will be closed between Wissahickon Avenue and Broad Street in Philadelphia.

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