Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Is there a plan for sound barriers?
The project has now entered the Design Phase where detailed engineering, including final design noise studies, will be conducted. If the noise studies indicate that noise walls are warranted, feasible and reasonable, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the design team will meet with the individual communities during final design to discuss location, height, and aesthetic treatments for the noise walls. Information specifying the communities in which this will occur will be shared as soon as the noise studies have identified the noise wall locations throughout the project area. The noise walls would not be constructed until such time that the Turnpike widening in that area would occur (in 2009 or later pending construction scheduling).
2. Once I-95 is connected to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, will I have to pay a toll when traveling north or south on I-95?
Upon connecting I-95 with I-276, vehicles traveling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania will be required to pay a one-way fixed toll for crossing the bridge over the Delaware River. Vehicles crossing the bridge over the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey will not be charged.
3. Is stormwater management included in the design plans?
The Design Team has already begun coordination with the appropriate environmental agencies regarding stormwater management. This project will adhere to local and state government guidelines for controlling runoff from the project. Also, wetland restoration and stream enhancement will take place to mitigate for project related impacts.
4. How will construction of this project affect local road conditions, including road closures and detours? How will traffic be impacted on the PA Turnpike and I-95?
Two lanes of traffic in each direction of the PA Turnpike and I-95 will remain open throughout the entire construction period, with the exception of some planned nighttime closures for safety reasons. Construction on four of the six overhead structures will require detours. The Richlieu Road Bridge will likely be built slightly off alignment, which means the existing bridge can be kept open to traffic while the new one is built. The Hulmeville Road Bridge will be constructed in two stages, and one lane in each direction will remain open during both stages. The remaining overhead structures of Galloway Road, Bristol-Oxford Valley Road, Bensalem Boulevard, and Ford Road will be closed and detoured (during separate timeframes). All detours must be posted along State Routes approved by PennDOT and will be shared with the public as the construction timeframe approaches.
5. Upon completion of the Interchange, how will the roadway numbering be redesignated?
Officials from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have decided that the existing
I-95 will become I-195 east/west between the new PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange in PA and the current I-195 in NJ. This redesignation option would also require a section of I-295 in NJ to become I-195 and existing I-276 to become I-95 east of the interchange. The renumbering and subsequent exit number changes will not occur until the new interchange I-95 mainline flyover ramps are constructed and open to traffic, at least five years from now. The redesignation must be approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) after applications are forwarded by both states. See maps of Existing and Future designations.
6. How can I find out if my property will be impacted by the project? If my property is identified as a partial or total take, who can I contact for details regarding the acquisition process and relocation assistance?
A property acquisitions office has been established in the project area to provide information and answer questions related to the property acquisition process. The owners of properties in the interchange section and near the overhead structures that have been identified as total takes have been notified. Properties identified as partial takes will be identified as the design process moves forward. All questions regarding property acquisition should be directed to Keystone Acquisition Services’ Right-of-Way Field Office located at 2605 Durham Road, Bristol, PA 19007. The field office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and nights and weekends by appointment. Please call (215) 547-6280 to speak with a property acquisition specialist.