PennDOT Plans to Open Shoulder Lane During Traffic on I-76 - NBC 10 Philadelphia

PennDOT Plans to Open Shoulder Lane During Traffic on I-76

Changes to I-76 Could Make Rush Hour Traffic Better

Thousands of drivers try their best to get where they need to go during rush hour traffic, but Penn-Dot is studying the possibility of opening the shoulder of I-76 during peak times from Route 202 in King of Prussia to the Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia. NBC10’s George Spencer reports with more of these plans. (Published Friday, Jan. 15, 2016)

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. I-76 Shoulders as Rush Hour Driving Lanes?I-76 Shoulders as Rush Hour Driving Lanes?

A major change could be coming to the daily commute for hundreds of drivers who take the Schuylkill Expressway, after PennDOT says it is reviewing a plan to turn the shoulders of the Interstate 76 into usable travel lanes during rush hour. NBC10’s George Spencer reports from SkyForce10.
(Published Friday, Jan. 15, 2016)

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. Three Lanes to Open on I-76?Three Lanes to Open on I-76?

A report says PENNDOT will open the shoulder on I-76 so that the highway will have 3 lanes opened during rush.
(Published Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016)

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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