PennDOT to improve traffic on Baltimore Pike
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced on February 28th, 2011 that construction is scheduled to begin March 1 on a $1.9 million project for the replacement of traffic signals and curb cut ramps at 14 intersections along Baltimore Pike and Providence Road in Nether Providence Township and Media Borough, Delaware County.
Motorists will initially face lane closures on Baltimore Pike between Centennial Road and Route 1 (Media Bypass). Construction will take place Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should allow extra time when traveling through the work area.
Crews will work to install a computerized closed loop traffic signal system on Baltimore Pike and Providence Road. The project also calls for the installation of new traffic signal heads and mast arms. The installation of this new traffic signal system along Baltimore Pike and Providence Road will enhance travel and reduce congestion for the thousands of motorists who travel on both roads each day.
Interconnecting traffic signals with this computerized system will give greater control of signals and allow the townships to change the timing of signals depending on traffic conditions.
The new closed loop signal system will connect traffic signals via fiber optic cable. The signals tie into a computer that is controlled by the townships.
Wampole-Miller Inc., of Norristown, Pa., is the general contractor on the $1,969,382 contract that is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. The project is expected to be completed by August.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.
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For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district6 or call (610) 205-6700.
From the Media Borough website.
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[Editor’s Note: The original press release states that 80 percent of funding is from state funds; PennDOT corrected this to “federal funds” via phone call 3/4/2011]