The price of a gallon of gas kept driving downward during the past week, according to the latest weekly survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the government agency that regularly tracks the cost of gasoline and diesel across the United States. For the U.S. as a whole, the average price of a gallon of gas slipped won nearly 4-cents per gallon to about $3.61.
Only the Rocky Mountain states saw an increase in gas prices, where the average cost of fuel increased nearly 3-cents per gallon. Even so, the cost of gas in the Rocky Mountain region remained below the national average.
The price of gas across the United States varied widely, however, with prices across the Gulf Coast as low as $3.43 per gallon, on average, while the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded cost nearly $4.00 per gallon in some metropolitan areas of Californa and Florida.
For truckers and those in the shipping industry, the cost of a gallon of diesel fuel fell to an average of $3.98 per gallon during the past week. However, the price of diesel in the New England states and in California were much higher, at $4.13 and $4.20, respectively.
The Old York Road Bridge over The Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed until October 2013 while construction crews replace the old span, originally constructed in the 1950’s. The bridge is being extended to accommodate extra lanes of traffic on the Penna Turnpike, which will be widened from four to six lanes of traffic through Harrisburg beginning in 2014.
The entire span of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is being rebuilt to upgrade travel lanes, add travel lanes and upgrade the roadway to newer construction standards. The Old York Road bridge was built in the 1950’s, and many sections of Pennsylvania’s turnpike were also constructed at that time.
The project will affect traffic primarily on Old York Road, although the bridge tear-down and rebuild will occassionally result in traffic impacts on the turnpike, itself, between mile posts 242 and 245, which is between the Harrisburg East and Harrisburg West exits.
Another bridge span in the Harrisburg area, Marsh Run Road, is also being retrofitted for the turnpike widening project, but closures are not planned. Marsh Run Road construction has been ongoing for several weeks already.
For commuters who regularly use the Old York Road bridge, traffic will be detoured to I-83 for the next six months while the project continues.
A series of construction projects, minor to major, continue to impact traffic flow along Florida’s Turnpike in South Florida, with lane closures in Palm Beach County to an interchange reconstruction project in Broward County, where the turnpike meets I-595. For the Palm Beach County project, a bridge replacement is underway at the Jupiter-Indiantown exit, at mile marker 116, where one lane of traffic in each direction will be closed through this Thursday, April 11. The lane closures will affect traffic during overnight hours, from 10 PM to 5 AM. Further south, one lane of traffic in each direction will be closed between mile markers 102 and 104 for roadway resurfacing.
In Broward County, a major widening project of the I-595 corridor, from Fort Lauderdale west to Plantation and Sunrise, continues to impact traffic between mile markers 53 and 55, affecting traffic traveling south the Sunrise Boulevard exit until well past the Griffin Road exit. Florida’s Department of Transportation and county construction crews have been widening I-595, and the widening project includes a major redesign of the interchange with Florida’s Turnpike, which is also adjacent to the US 441 Interchange and the University Drive exits, all which fall within the space of one-and-a-half miles of each other.
Part of the construction on the I-595 interchange includes adding new lanes on the Florida’s Turnpike, itself, where construction has been ongoing since 2010. In addition to the new lanes of traffic in the northbound and southbound directions on the turnpike, there will also be new toll plaza lanes added to accommodate traffic directly connecting to the turnpike from I-595.
Florida’s DOT has issued a series of lane closure statements for the I-595 and Turnpike interchange, which includes the following current updates:
One lane of westbound I-595 between the Florida’s Turnpike overpass and Davie Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and two lanes will be closed nightly from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Wednesday, April 10 and ending Friday, April 12.
One lane of the ramp from I-595 to southbound Florida’s Turnpike will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, April 6 to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7 and nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, April 8 and ending Friday, April 12.
One lane of the ramp from Florida’s Turnpike to I-595 / SR 84 / SR 7 will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday, April 7 and ending Tuesday, April 9.
One lane of the ramp from southbound Florida’s Turnpike to I-595 / SR 84/ SR 7 will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, April 8 and ending Friday, April 12.
One lane of southbound Florida’s Turnpike between Sunrise Boulevard and I-595 interchange will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and two lanes will be closed nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday, April 7 and ending Tuesday, April 9.
One lane of Florida’s Turnpike, in each direction, at the I-595 interchange will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and two lanes of southbound Florida’s Turnpike will be closed nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, April 8 and ending Friday, April 12.
Two lanes of Florida’s Turnpike, in each direction, between Griffin Road and Sterling Road will be closed nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. beginning Monday, April 8 and ending Friday, April 12.
One lane of the ramp from northbound Florida’s Turnpike to I-595 / SR 84/ SR 7 will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, April 8 and ending Friday, April 12.
All northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway, a toll road in Broward County, Florida, will be closing between the I-75 interchange and Sunrise Boulevard, near the BB&T Center. The lane closures will affect only the northbound traffic, and those closures will only be during the overnight hours, between 11:45 PM and 4 AM. The lane closures will be in effect through Thursday, April 11.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise are installing new sign support systems on those lanes, and that will require all traffic to be diverted to 136th Avenue. Traffic exiting from I-595 westbound or I-75 southbound and going north on the Sawgrass Expy. will be directed north to Sunrise Boulevard, using 136th. From Sunrise Boulevard, travelers will then be able to return to the Sawgrass Expressway and continue north to the towns of Tamarac, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach, at the north/east end of the Sawgrass Expressway, which connects with Florida’s Turnpike mainline.