Construction Update: Spring 2024

Three U.S.1 Bridges Headed for Completion

Bridge construction is headed for completion this summer at three locations along U.S. 1 in Bensalem and Middletown townships under PennDOT’s $111 million project to widen and improve  U.S. 1 in  Bucks County.

Deck construction on the U.S. 1 southbound structure over the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange and adjacent rail lines resumes this spring while four lanes of traffic use the new northbound bridge that finished in Spring 2023.

Crews at the Neshaminy Creek Bridge have completed the abutments and are building center piers for the new northbound bridge over the creek along with retaining walls at the bridge’s approaches. Beam setting and deck construction will follow later this spring. The new southbound bridge over the creek was finished in mid-2023 and is now carrying four lanes of northbound and southbound traffic through the work area. 

Construction also continues at the southbound U.S. 1 bridge over Rockhill Drive at the Neshaminy exit south of the creek. Deck beams were set in April and deck construction will start in mid-May. The new northbound bridge at this interchange also finished last summer.

Adjacent to and under the bridge, work continues on the ramps on the southbound side of the interchange and on improvements to Rockhill Drive that are part of the interchange upgrade.  While the on-ramp to southbound U.S.  1 is still closed for construction, the southbound U.S. 1 off-ramp to Rockhill Drive remains open during construction.

Between the three bridges, U.S. 1 is being widened to accommodate a third lane in each direction. Paving is being placed at locations between the bridges in those areas as excavation and drainage improvements are completed in construction that will continue through spring 2025.

Section RC2 is part two of PennDOT’s three-phase project to improve four miles of U.S. 1 in Bucks County by reconstructing and widening the pavement, building several bridges, and improving several interchanges along a continuous three-mile section of highway in Bensalem and Middletown townships. RC2 construction is expected to be completed in mid-2025.

PennDOT in 2014 completed $14.8 million in improvements at the U.S. 1/Maple Avenue Interchange in Middletown Township as part of their overall initiative to modernize and upgrade the U.S. 1 corridor in Bucks County.

A third project, RC3, will improve U.S. 1 from the Penndel/Business U.S. 1 Interchange north through the Route 413 overpass. The project remains in Final Design and is not yet scheduled for construction.