The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that preliminary construction is beginning on the $1.5 million project to enhance safety on U.S. Route 1 in Chester County, U.S. Route 202 in Bucks County, and U.S. Route 611 in Bucks County, by installing cable median barriers. The project is scheduled to finish in July 2015.

“The installation of approximately 22 miles of cable median barriers along these three limited access highways will significantly reduce the potential for crossover crashes from occurring,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.

During construction, there will be periodic lane restrictions and shoulder closures, but most of the work will be confined to the medians and not affect motorists.

The contractor will start by surveying all three highways before beginning the installation of the cable median barriers on Route 202 and Route 611 later this summer.

The cable median barriers will be installed on Route 1 between Baltimore Pike and Newark Road in Kennett Borough and London Grove, Penn, Upper Oxford, Lower Oxford, East Nottingham, and West Nottingham townships, Chester County; Route 202 between Route 611 and State Street in Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township, Bucks County; and Route 611 between Easton Road and Ferry Road in Doylestown Borough, Doylestown and New Britain townships, Bucks County.

Morgan Rail Inc. of Reading, Pa., is the general contractor on the $1,567,543.50 project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.