Grant Helps Pay For New Hanover Road Safety

GILBERTSVILLE PA – The award of a $125,394 state grant in New Hanover, to cover some expenses of creating needed safety improvements at the intersection of Routes 73 and 663, will be celebrated Friday (March 1, 2019) at noon in the township municipal building during a visit by state Sen. Bob Mensch and state Rep. Marcy Toepel. Both represent New Hanover constituents in Harrisburg.

At the intersection, contractors are expected to widen Route 73 and provide a separate, eastbound left-turn lane. They’ll also perform “minor re-profiling of a vertical curve to improve sight distance,” and install a traffic control signal, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Township Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Charles D. Garner Jr. will welcome Toepel and Mensch for an official presentation of the Multimodal Transportation Fund money, which was announced earlier this month by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. Overall 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected to receive portions of $44.5 million in funding.

PennDOT said it “evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.”

Three other awards were made in Montgomery County:

  • $1.2 million in Lower Moreland Township to replace a structurally deficient bridge and widen a roadway;
  • $1 million in Towamencin Township to widen Route 63; and
  • $390,000 in Upper Moreland Township for roadway widening.

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