Two Local Road Projects Held; Three More Done or in Progress

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Traffic improvement projects in Trappe Borough, and Limerick and Upper Providence townships, have been put on hold because the coronavirus pandemic sliced through revenues the state had hoped would be collected in its motor license fund, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation acknowledged Tuesday (June 23, 2020).

But unlike four other plans elsewhere, the two local projects have not been terminated outright. And an agency document provided at The Post’s request shows projects in Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Providence, and Lower Salford townships – all of which similarly relied on state grants – are either under active construction or are already completed.

The agency’s suspension of a traffic signal modernization project at Linfield-Trappe and Township Line roads in Limerick and Upper Providence, and intersection improvements at Main Street in Trappe, were “condemned” last Thursday (June 18) by state 146th District Rep. Joe Ciresi. Both are within his district’s boundaries.

“Both of these projects would have significantly improved safety and traffic flow at key regional arteries. PennDOT backing out of its commitments presents a major challenge to our involved municipalities and I urge the department to reverse this decision and restore funding,” Ciresi said in a media release. The Upper Providence project, he claimed, “was days away from having a bid awarded.”

PennDOT indicates neither the Upper Providence project, valued at $232,000, or the Trappe project, worth $252,800, are being abandoned. They are classified by the state as “projects currently in design,” but for which construction funding will not be immediately available.

In an accompanying e-mail, it said design completion allows projects “to be ‘shovel-ready’ when funding is available for construction, either through future … state appropriations or other sources such as federal stimulus funds.”

“With significant work and resources already invested in these projects, there’s no reason that we should not be able to move forward with construction,” Ciresi said.

The under way or already completed projects, paid for in whole or part with state “Green Light-Go” designated funds, include:

  • In Upper Providence, $239,230 for installation of adaptive traffic signal equipment and software along the Egypt Road Corridor;
  • In Upper Pottsgrove, $21,186 for installation of emergency pre-emption systems along Pottstown Pike at State Street and Moyer Road; and
  • In Lower Salford, $54,200 for preventative maintenance at 13 intersections across the township.

Terminated projects were in Cheltenham, Providence, Montgomery, and Upper Moreland townships.

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