News for Immediate Release


PennDOT Starting I-76 Drainage Improvement Project in Montgomery Co.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will start work Wednesday night (Sept. 12) on a $1.2 million project to improve drainage and stabilize the slope adjacent to Interstate 76 just east of the Conshohocken Curve in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.

PennDOT’s contractor will restore the slope alongside I-76’s eastbound lanes to improve water flow and drainage. Crews will clean and re-establish drainage ditches and inlets at the base of the slope; stabilize the earth on the slope; and stabilize and reinforce natural drainage channels in upslope wooded areas. The project, which covers a distance of 2,600 feet, is scheduled to finish in April 2013.

“We will stabilize the ground on this wooded slope and improve the drainage channels to reduce the potential for mudslides and flooding on the expressway during heavy rainstorms,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights (Sept. 12-13), I-76’s eastbound right lane will be closed just east of the Conshohocken Interchange (Exit 331B) from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning to set barriers on the shoulder to establish a protected work area.

J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County is the general contractor on the $1,178,828 contract. The project is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on I-76 and other major highways before heading out.

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Media contact: Gene Blaum, PennDOT Assistant Press Secretary, 610-205-6800

Source:PennDOT Engineering District 6, King of Prussia, Pa.
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