Montgomery County invites the public to attend an open house focusing on the Crescent Avenue to Northwestern Avenue segment of the Ridge Pike Improvement Project, which runs through Whitemarsh and Springfield Townships. The open house will take place on June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Whitemarsh Township building, 616 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill.
“The county’s staff and consultants have been coordinating with municipal officials and land owners along the corridor to identify and address access issues since our last public open house in June 2016. We want to share the preliminary findings and plans with the community as we prepare to start the Final Design phase of the project,” said Matthew Edmond, MCPC Transportation Section Chief.
The open house offers an opportunity for the public to view the latest plans and discuss the project with project team members. The public is invited to view displays on the project starting at 5 p.m. and a short presentation on the project will take place at 6:30 p.m.followed by a question-and-answer period.
The Ridge Pike Improvement Project, which is divided into several manageable segments for engineering and construction, will help relieve congestion and improve safety. The project includes adding new signals and turn lanes as well as an additional eastbound through lane between Church Road and Manor Road, upgrading storm water management facilities, and adding sidewalks and bus shelters throughout the corridor. A major goal of the project is to retain the existing character of the area along the corridor while upgrading the roadway.
Ridge Pike, which is owned by Montgomery County from Norristown to Philadelphia, provides access to I-476 (the Blue Route) as well as numerous commercial centers. The five miles between Norristown and Philadelphia carry between 20,000 and 30,000 cars daily. The original “turnpike” dates to colonial days when Ridge Pike connected Philadelphia to agricultural lands. Many of the structures remaining along Ridge Pike have been part of the landscape for a very long time. The modern roadway dates from the 1930s. Through the years, Ridge Pike has been widened, reconstructed in concrete around the 1970s, and repaved numerous times.
For more on the Ridge Pike Improvement Project, visit www.RidgePikeProject.com or contact Crystal Gilchrist at 610-278-3734 or via email at [email protected]