PennDOT, SEPTA Partner to Reduce Congestion on Schuylkill Expressway

Photo of the Schuylkill Expressway courtesy of Wikipedia.

PennDOT and SEPTA are joining forces for what many people in the northwest suburbs believe is long overdue: a $125 million project to reduce traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway, writes Claire Sasko for Philadelphia Magazine.

The two transportation agencies will address multiple means of travel – the expressway, SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line, and the Schuylkill River Trail – in order to pare the congestion along the 12 miles of I-76 that runs from Philadelphia to King of Prussia.

Initial construction is slated to kick off in late 2017.

PennDOT will employ a number of suggestions from a feasibility study, including:

  • Ramp Metering: Red and green traffic signals to control the frequency with which vehicles enter the flow of traffic from entrance ramps.
  • Junction Control: The use of overhead electronic signs over travel lanes to regulate or close lanes at merge areas to improve traffic flow at high volume interchanges.
  • Dynamic Lane Assignments: Overhead electronic signs provide information for each travel lane on the expressway to identify open lanes and alert drivers of upcoming lane closures.
  • Multi-Modal Enhancements: Utilize various modes of travel (automobile, public transit, bicycle, walking) and take advantage of viable transportation options along the I-76 corridor, including the Schuylkill River Trail and other nearby trails.

Click here to read more about PennDOT and SEPTA’s partnership in Philadelphia Magazine.

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