Roundabout Safety Improvement Project at Old Bethlehem Pike and Portzer Road
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $ $1,917,653 contract to Grace Industries, Inc. of Bath, PA, for a roundabout safety improvement project at the Old Bethlehem Pike and Portzer Road Intersection in Milford and Richland townships, Bucks County.
Under this contract, PennDOT’s contractor will reconfigure the existing intersection into a single-lane roundabout to improve traffic flow and reduce the number of angle crashes. The new roundabout will also help alleviate current congestion expected to rise from future development in the area.
The approach roadways to the roundabout will match the existing ten-foot-wide lanes. The lane width will widen at the roundabout entries and transition to an 18-foot-wide circulatory width. Other improvements include a five-foot-wide sidewalk constructed on the east side of the roundabout and illuminated signage installed to alert motorists of the upcoming traffic pattern.
Furthermore, a bituminous multi-use eight-foot-wide trail will be constructed to connect the St. Isidore’s Trail and the Blackledge Estates Trail on the west side of Portzer Road to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist mobility. Interpretive and directional signs about wetlands and the Unami Creek will also be installed along the trail.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and finish in spring 2025. This project is financed with 100% state funds and will be constructed under a full detour where local traffic will have access up to the construction zone.
Thank you for your support of this important transportation improvement project.
PennDOT is committed to improving highway safety to enhance mobility throughout communities in the state.
Edited: The project is expected to last through April 2025 with detours in place December 12th, 2022-November 21st, 2023.