Lower Providence Township has undertaken a Ridge Pike West Mobility Study through a Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grant, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). The Township was awarded an $80,000 grant, with $20,000 matching/in-kind funds, to complete the mobility study. An update on the study was presented at the November 16, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting.
The study area includes Ridge Pike from the Perkiomen Creek to Evansburg State Park and along Germantown Pike from Ridge Pike to west of Old Crosskeys Road. The area was recently rezoned by the Township to foster redevelopment and renewal in this important corridor. The intent of the rezoning was to improve the overall safety and appearance of the area while providing opportunities for development with a focus on mixing commercial/retail and residential uses and pedestrian-friendly design.
The mobility study is being led by McMahon Associates and includes a steering committee comprised of Township, county and state officials, PennDOT and SEPTA representatives and local business/property owners. McMahon’s project team has been analyzing the existing transportation network and service levels in the area. The results will be used to make recommendations for an improved transportation system to support the Township’s strategy of future village-style development.
Key components of the study are: Multi-modal transportation improvements, including vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit-bus services along the corridor; evaluation of the need for a second crossing of the Perkiomen Creek in the vicinity of Ridge Pike and, if warranted, preliminary recommendations for the location and configuration of the crossing; and adoption of an official map with roadways, sidewalks and trails.
In addition to the November public presentation on the preliminary results, the expected schedule to complete the project includes:
- Incorporating environmental results/preliminary concept plan for second bridge – December
- Finalizing report – January
- Tentative steering committee meeting to review report – January
- Public meeting on final recommendations – late January/early February
- Adoption of official map – February