Montgomery Co - Safety Enhancement on I-76
A project to enhance safety along eastbound Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, starts in August.
Crews will work from late August to November to stabilize a rocky hillside adjacent to I-76’s eastbound lanes just east of the Route 23 Interchange. The plan consists of removing loose rock and bolting the remaining rock in place as a preventative measure to keep rock from falling onto the expressway.
“This operation will secure the hillside to protect motorists from potential rockslides, similar to what occurred two years ago at this location,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. “The deterioration of the rock in this area resulted from joints becoming weak due to natural processes, such as the freeze-thaw cycle and foliage growth.”
PennDOT’s contractor will restripe the pavement and set concrete barriers on the outside shoulder of eastbound I-76 near the Route 23 Interchange on Thursday, Aug. 15, Friday, Aug. 16, and Thursday, Aug. 22 to establish a protected work area. Eastbound travel on I-76 will be reduced to one lane on these nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. This work is weather dependent. In the event of rain, the operation will be rescheduled to the following night.
Intermittent, overnight closures of I-76’s eastbound right lane also will occur near the Route 23 Interchange during the course of the project. Motorists are advised to allow additional time for travel.
This project, which covers a distance of a half mile, consists of clearing vegetation; removing loose rock; drilling steel bolts into rock and securing the bolts in place with steel plates; and draping and pinning a wire mesh over the embankment.
Buckley and Company, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $2,284,286 project that is financed with 100 percent state funds. Construction is scheduled to finish in November.