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PENNDOT: I-95/WOODHAVEN ROAD TO BE FULLY OPENED BY MONDAY

 PENNDOT: I-95/WOODHAVEN ROAD TO BE FULLY OPENED BY MONDAY
 ST. DAVIDS, Pa., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The I-95/Woodhaven Road Interchange (State Route 63) in Bensalem Township, Bucks County, which has been under construction since May 13, is expected to be fully opened to traffic Monday morning, Aug. 10, 99 days ahead of schedule, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said today.
 "Crews will be working through the weekend to finish the paving, line stripe and complete miscellaneous cleanup, and expect to wrap up this work by late Sunday," Stephen B. Lester, district engineer, said. "If all the traffic restrictions are removed by midnight Sunday, the contractor will have earned a bonus of almost $3 million."
 More than 100,000 vehicles a day use I-95 through the interchange and approximately 62,000 vehicles use the Woodhaven Road ramps, making it the busiest interchange on I-95 in Pennsylvania. Because of the heavy traffic volume, Lester said, PennDOT inserted an Incentive/ Disincentive (I/D) Clause in the contract that provided paying the contractor $30,000 a day for each day he had all traffic restrictions removed prior to his Nov. 16 deadline. Conversely, he would be penalized a like amount for each day after Nov. 16 the traffic restrictions remained.
 Lester said that while the contractor, James D. Morrissey, Inc., of Philadelphia, earned a substantial bonus, to do it he also incurred additional expenses by tripling his labor force and scheduling 12-hour days, six-day weeks.
 "The contractor used some very innovative construction procedures and staging of traffic that paid off for him," Lester said. "And when we gave the signal, he was ready, he raced for the gold, and we all won."
 The $30,000 was based on a formula that calculated time lost sitting in traffic, additional operating costs of the vehicles, and daily costs for the traffic controls.
 Under the $6.9 million project, the deceleration lane from I-95 North was extended and the entire length of the westbound Woodhaven Road off-ramp was widened from one lane to two. In addition, the eastbound Woodhaven Road on-ramp to I-95 South was realigned and its acceleration lane extended, the I-95 South off-ramp to westbound Woodhaven Road was realigned, and two were removed.
 The project was funded with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state monies.
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 /CONTACT: Lois M. Morasco of PennDOT, 215-964-6672/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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