The first of a three phase project to rebuild, widen, and reconstruct a 1.3 mile section of Route 1 is under way in Bensalem Township. The work will likely cause delays and motorists should compensate with their commute to leave earlier than usual.

The area most affected by the upcoming construction. Image via Google Maps.

The focus of the construction for this winter centers on the interchange between U.S. 1, Street Road (Rt. 132), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Parx Casino. As this is a long term project expected to last several years, this season’s work will act as a preparation for other construction in the years to come.

The shoulders along U.S. 1 and Route 132 will be widened temporarily until construction is complete.  The area will also see miscellaneous stormwater system improvements and stream mitigation activities.

The Red Roof Inn will see the construction of new driveway configurations to allow easier access from the main roads.

The full project is just shy of a nine digit total cost, hitting a total of more than $97,350,000. Eighty percent of the funds are federal, while the state of Pennsylvania is responsible for 20 percent, or $19.5 million. Construction is expected to be completed by 2022.