West Chester Pike (& The Blue Route I-476)
Potential Road Improvements at Lawrence Road & West Chester Pike
At a meeting in early April 2018, plans began to move forward for improvements to the intersection of Lawrence Road and West Chester Pike, and the northbound Blue Route onramp. The meeting with PennDOT was convened by State Senator Daylin Leach and attended by State Representative Jamie Santoro, Township Manager Larry Gentile, Township Engineer Dave Pennoni, Assistant Police Chief Joe Hagan, Commissioners Steve D’Emilio and Mario Oliva, and me, as well as a representative for State Representative Greg Vitali. As a result of the meeting, all agreed that the intersection needs significant improvement because of the overwhelming traffic volume, and the parties agreed to seek state funding for nearer-term improvements designed to relieve the traffic stress on the area. A more thorough solution will cost at least $15 million and would not be possible in the short term.
Retail Development in Marple Township
Plans are moving forward in Marple Township for an enormous retail development adjacent to the Blue Route between Lawrence Road and West Chester Pike. Haverford Township has only received limited information about the project. Recently, the Marple Township Planning Commission held a public hearing, at which representatives of the development displayed drawings of the proposed development. In addition, the Township has been provided copies of the plans for the reconstruction of the intersection of West Chester Pike and Lawrence Road that will coincide with the development. I will continue to provide updates about the development.
West Chester Pike Coalition
The West Chester Pike Coalition is a group of corridor stakeholders that has emerged from recent planning efforts along West Chester Pike. Both Chester and Delaware County staff have taken an active role in organizing and leading this coalition, which includes representatives from SEPTA, PennDOT, TMACC, DCTMA, corridor municipalities, and local economic development agencies.
Although the coalition was formed to continue to advocate for transit enhancements, its mission is deliberately broad so as to recognize the connections between transportation and land use and encourage the participation of a broad range of stakeholders united in their efforts to improve mobility for all along West Chester Pike.