The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is planning a major traffic pattern change to Interstate 76, the area expressway that leaves commuters dealing with bottlenecks nearly all day and recently had two of its intersections named among the worst in the nation.
In a major initiative that will be the first for Pennsylvania, motorists will be able to drive on all three lanes – including the shoulder – during peak times on portions of I-76, the PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards revealed Thursday at the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2016 Economic Conference.
The long-range goal is not as simple as just opening up shoulder lanes for traffic. Design and environmental challenges and concerns also come into play, including if structures need to be modified or widened.
"It's something the department is focused on," PennDOT assistant press secretary Gene Blaum told the Business Journal.
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