The Montgomery County Commissioners announced today that the traffic shift to reduce Ridge Pike to one lane in each direction between Belvoir Road and Carland Road (see traffic pattern graphic below) for almost two years was put in place on Thursday, January 11, in Plymouth Township.
The shift is required for the replacement of the bridge over a Norfolk Southern Railroad Spur.
For the duration of the new traffic pattern, Ridge Pike may be periodically reduced to one lane with flaggers during off-peak traffic hours from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning between Belvoir Road and Carland Road for various project activities. These closures are subject to holiday restrictions.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel through the work area.
Following the traffic pattern setup, work will begin on the northern half of the new railroad overpass.
Current Section B construction also includes utility installations and relocations, and excavation for drainage improvements and widening on the north side of Ridge Pike.
Access to businesses within the work area will be maintained during construction.
Construction got underway in September on the $39 million Montgomery County project to improve travel, safety, and access on Ridge Pike between Belvoir Road and the Chemical Road intersection in Plymouth Township.
Get more information on this project on this website or by calling the Construction Helpline at 445-266-2826.
Section B is the second contract to go to construction under the County’s four-phase project to reconstruct, widen, and improve Ridge Pike between Norristown and Philadelphia.
Section B will completely reconstruct Ridge Pike, improve the stormwater drainage, relocate utilities, create a center turn lane and add turn lanes at certain intersections, upgrade traffic signals, construct sidewalks, and improve access to-and-from Interstate 476.
Section D construction is also currently underway between Crescent Avenue and Northwestern Avenue in Whitemarsh Township. Go here for additional information on Section D.