Uh-oh: Balligomingo to close at Rte. 23 on 7/9

West Conshohocken -- PennDOT announced today that Balligomingo Road will close at Route 23 on July 9, as work crews realign the critical local intersection. The road will remain closed for 10 months.

Route 23, also known as Front Street, is expected to reopen in late July.

In the meantime, PennDOT said, there will be detours:

1. Balligomingo Road motorists will reach Route 23 by following Interstate 76 East or Route 320.

2. Route 23 drivers traveling west will access Balligomingo Road by following I-76 West to the Gulph Mills Interchange.

3. Route 23 drivers heading east will take Route 320.

4. Local access will available on Balligomingo Road up to the construction zone.

The construction is intended to improve travel and safety at the intersection, PennDOT said in a statement.

The upcoming road closure is part of the $4.8 million project to rebuild Route 23 and realign 600 feet of Balligomingo Road by moving it 400 feet to the west to create a new T-shaped intersection at Route 23.

Previously, drivers had to take turns entering the intersection when heading eastward. There was only a stop sign.

PennDOT said its contractor is currently rebuilding 1,000 feet of Route 23 in the area of the Balligomingo Road for the new intersection.

Route 23 is now closed and detoured between Route 320 and Matsonford Road, but it is scheduled to reopen in late July, weather permitting, PennDOT said.

Balligomingo Road is expected to reopen in May 2013, when the project is set for completion. Construction began in April 2011.

Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J. is the general contractor on the $4,799,000 project. The state is paying. The project is a partnership between West Conshohocken Borough and PennDOT.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.