POTTSTOWN PA – Just as flashing electronic message signs there warned drivers during the past week, a major road construction project on Industrial Highway (in the photo at top) will begin Monday (May 8, 2017) and continue through this October, the borough reminded area residents from its Facebook page.
The road will remain open to vehicular traffic as the work progresses, it added. However, an overnight closure of Industrial Highway is scheduled to occur between May 15 (Monday) at 8 p.m. and May 16 (Tuesday) at 5 a.m. No traffic will be permitted on the road during that period.
Most of the enhancements are part of $1 million extension of the Schuylkill River Trail through the borough, according to a Montgomery County press release issued Friday (May 5). They include:
- Construction of a multi-use trail, between Moser Road and South Washington Street (shown in purple on the map above);
- Construction of a bike and pedestrian crossing; and
- Installation of new cyclist signage and pavement markings on College Drive and Industrial Highway, between Keystone Boulevard and South Washington.
The markings would create a “sharrow,” or shared lane (shown in yellow on the map), that indicates where cyclists belong within the flow of street traffic. The sharrow would connect to an existing trail segment through Riverfront Park (shown in solid red on the map), and also further west at Keystone Boulevard on the existing trail into Berks County.
Additionally, crews will:
- Remove an existing wire guardrail that parallels the highway, and replaced it with W-beam steel guardrails; and
- Stabilize several storm sewer outfalls along the river bank.
The scheduled work represents the first of two phases to connect the trail to bridges now being built by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on U.S. Route 422. They will carry traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians across the river and Norfolk Southern railroad lines. The Montgomery County portion of the trail also will allow people to connect to a future Chester County trail segment (shown as red dashes on the map), officials said.
The county’s contractor for the project is Flyway Excavating Inc. of Lititz PA.
Public concerns with the project, if any, should be directed by e-mail, here, to Trail Program Manager Henry Stroud of the county Planning Commission in Norristown.
Map from the Montgomery County Planning Commission
Photos from Google Images