PennDOT has announced that preliminary construction to reconstruct the intersection of Route 73 (Skippack Pike) at Wentz Road and Parkwood roads in Blue Bell will start on Monday, February 10th.
While the construction process will start on February 10th, it won’t start impacting traffic until Monday, February 17. The work will take place on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
When work is being done, Skippack Pike (Route 73) will be reduced to a single lane with flagging between Crestline Drive and Cathcart Road for clearing and utility relocation. After March, there will be periodic daytime travel restrictions Skippack Pike as needed by the contractor through the end of construction scheduled for the end of 2020.
Once utility relocation is completed this spring, Parkwood Road at Skippack Pike will be closed and detoured for intersection reconstruction. When the closure is in place, drivers will be directed to use Skippack Pike, Crestline Drive, and Ardway Road.
Under this improvement project, PennDOT will realign Wentz Road to provide a four-way intersection with Skippack Pike and Parkwood Road; mill and overlay of the travel lanes; perform full-depth widening of the existing shoulder on Skippack Pike from Jackson Avenue to Cathcart Road to provide dedicated left-turn lanes at the Wentz Road/Parkwood Road intersection; install an underground concrete stormwater management system at Skippack Pike and Wentz Road; perform drainage improvements; install new ADA curb ramps, signals, signing and pavement markings; and relocate utilities.