‘MontCo Pikes’ Traffic Study, Planning Includes Swamp Pike

GILBERTSVILLE PA – Historic Swamp Pike, one of what Montgomery County considers six main traffic corridors on which “21st Century lifestyles” will depend, will be part of a new two-year, $300,000 study called “Montco Pikes.” It hopes to “establish an overall vision” for improving local traffic and community and commercial uses along the highways.

Also to be studied are Easton Road, Butler Pike, Germantown Pike, Sumneytown Pike, and Geryville Pike, the county Planning Commission announced Wednesday (Aug. 12, 2020). In coming months, it said, the county and consultants will talk with municipal leaders and the public about each corridor’s existing features, traffic conditions, safety concerns, and future travel needs.

It’s anticipated the study “will guide where additional travel lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, and other types of improvements might be appropriate, as well as where there are significant safety issues or environmental constraints that need to be considered,” according to the commission. Montco Pikes is seen as “an essential first step in planning for future transportation needs along these corridors,” it added.

Additional design and engineering will be required before any improvements can be constructed. Improvements will likely be implemented in a phased approach over time, based on needs and available resources, the county indicated.

The commission is overseeing the effort with technical support from a consultant team led by McMahon Associates Inc. in Fort Washington PA and Gannett Fleming Inc. in Audubon and Valley Forge. The study is being funded through a partnership of the Federal Highway Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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