Delaware River extension of PA Turnpike and Delaware River Bridge is completed.
I-95 is completed through Bucks County. Original plan includes a full interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95, but federal funds were not permitted to be used to connect an Interstate highway to a toll road, under federal laws and regulations of that period. (The federal laws have since been modified to permit such a project.)
PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) studies a connection between PA Turnpike and I-95 through Silver Lake and Delhaas Woods in Bristol (see map, Scheme A). No further studies are conducted due to potential major environmental impacts.
The Federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act specifies that I-95 be completed through a PA Turnpike/I-95 interchange which would connect to the NJ Turnpike using the Delaware River Bridge.
PA Act 61 authorizes the PA Turnpike Commission to construct many projects throughout the state including an interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95 in lower Bucks County and Turnpike widening from Valley Forge to the Delaware River.
PA Turnpike Commission studies a slow-speed, conventional interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95 (see map, Scheme B). Engineers conclude this interchange is inadequate once updated traffic volumes are generated for the project.
PA Turnpike Commission studied a high-speed, direct interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is completed, evaluating the various design alternatives and their potential impacts and documenting the preferred alternative. The Record of Decision (ROD) is issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), approving the preferred alternative identified in the FEIS.
The PA Turnpike Commission receives authorization of federal funds for the project's design. Design for the interchange project is initiated.
2004 - 2008
Preliminary Design completed.
2009 - Current
Final Design underway. Stage 1 construction begins 2010.