PennDOT is in the design process for a project in Lower Providence Township that is part of a plan to improve travel and safety on both sides of the bridge carrying Ridge Pike over the Perkiomen Creek into Collegeville Borough. Under this project, PennDOT will realign and reconfigure roadways and intersections on either side of the bridge. The re-alignment of Route 29 (1st Avenue) in Collegeville was completed with the Royal Farms development. In Lower Providence Township, the Ridge Pike and Germantown Pike intersection will be eliminated and a new alignment tying Germantown Pike into Ridge Pike further east of the current intersection will be created.
A presentation on the proposed project, previously known as the Perkiomen Creek Crossing Project, was made at the May 6, 2021 Board of Supervisors meeting. Questions on the project should be directed to Nathan Parrish, P.E., Consultant Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The May 6, 2021 presentation materials and are below:
The Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on June 2, 2018 approving and adopting the Ridge Pike West Corridor Study, as well as its conclusions and recommendations. While there are many steps ahead for this to ultimately move ahead toward implementation, this phase of the project is completed. Below are links to the study report and conceptual plan.
Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority Middle Interceptor Project
The Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) has begun its Middle Interceptor Project. The project is the final component of the plan to expand the Perkiomen Creek Interceptor. Questions or concerns about the project should be directed to the LPVRSA Manager Michael McGann, (610) 676-9040. Click here for background and detailed description of the project.
Currently, construction accesses which are complete and will continue to see some construction traffic are located in Collegeville at First Ave/Chestnut Street Ext. and in Upper Providence in the Yerkes area near Hopwood Road on RTE 29. A new access being used is in Lower Providence Township at the dead end of Yerkes Road.
Land clearing and silt fence has been 100% installed from Collegeville to Yerkes Island and completed on Yerkes Island. The clearing crew is currently working in Lower Providence from Yerkes Road to Waterfall Circle. Clearing work includes removing trees and brush plus installation of silt fence. Allan Myers, the construction company awarded the bid, will be conducting some excavation work in these areas for test digging. They will be using the former Stiefel Property, now LPVRSA property, next to the Arcola Road Bridge on Cider Mill Road. They will be working in that area clearing the Arcola Island (upstream from the bridge) and installing silt fence over the next several weeks. Work will continue upstream from there onto Pfizer’s property.
Next crews will move back onto Yerkes Island and work upstream toward Collegeville preparing to install pipe and manholes. The preparation will include blasting and hammering rock if necessary. All of the blasting will be conducted in accordance with PA state laws. The blasting is scheduled for the end of September through October. Pipe and manhole installation will follow in this area with the goal of completion in January. The silt fence will remain after pipe installation because the contractor will have to return at a later date to tie-in the connections to the new interceptor.
Park Av/Eagleville Rd/Crawford Rd Intersection Improvements
An update on the SR 4004, Section MTF (Park Ave., Eagleville Road, and Crawford Road) Intersection Improvement Project was included at the Lower Providence Supervisors' Open House on May 9, 2019. Below are links to information that was provided at the Open House.
The Board of Supervisors is proud to announce that the Township is moving forward with an important first phase to the realignment project for the Park/Eagleville/Crawford intersection. The Township has secured a $1 million grant from PennDOT to perform the preliminary engineering and final design for the project. This is a great example of an intergovernmental partnership that works to benefit the community. We will continually provide progress updates on this web page.
Update (May 19, 2020) - PennDOT was on schedule to complete all contract work on this project by May 14, 2020 however, during the time construction was paused to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a Peregrine Falcon nest was established on the new U.S. 422 eastbound bridge that is still under construction. In Pennsylvania, the Peregrine Falcon is a threatened species and protected under the Game and Wildlife Code.The project resumed in early May, but the completion date has been moved to September to protect the nest. PennDOT’s contractor can still perform some operations that are located 300 feet-to-1,000 feet away from the nesting falcons, but major activities like deck repair, parapet construction and causeway removal from the Schuylkill River are prohibited until August 1. PennDOT anticipates opening the new eastbound U.S. 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River in mid-to-late September.
The construction will build new, wider bridges to improve travel and carry U.S. 422 motorists over the Schuylkill River, Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Trooper Road and Schuylkill River Trail. The existing structures were built in 1965 and carry an average of 92,000 vehicles a day. The new, five-span structures will be 785 feet long and have a total width of 146 feet (the bridge’s existing width is 72 feet). When construction is completed, the new bridges will carry six lanes – three westbound and three eastbound. There will be two through lanes in each direction plus a third lane on both sides for drivers to use to travel between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) interchanges. The new bridges will be wide enough for the possible addition of a third through lane in each direction sometime in the future.
The improvement plan also includes rebuilding one mile of U.S. 422 between the two interchanges, and upgrading the interchanges by: realigning the U.S. 422 east off-ramp to Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) by building a new fly-over ramp; improving the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) on-ramp to U.S. 422 west; replacing the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) bridge over U.S. 422; rebuilding 1,500 feet of Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) approaching the U.S. 422 Interchange; improving the U.S. 422 west off-ramp to Route 363 (Trooper Road) and the Route 363 (Trooper Road) on-ramp to U.S. 422 east; and widening the U.S. 422 east off-ramp to First Avenue.
Construction on this improvement project began in February 2016. This project is associated with the Schuylkill River Crossing Complex of transportation improvement projects designed to enhance travel on U.S. 422 between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) interchanges. These improvements also include the two additional ramps built to complete the U.S. 422/Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange, a project that was finished in December 2015; the construction of a new pedestrian/bicycle trail bridge over the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park, which was completed in August 2016; and the relocation of North Gulph Road at Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) in Valley Forge National Historical Park, which is expected to move to construction in 2020.
J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $97.4 million project that is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.