County, Starting Pikes’ Study, Seeks Public Input

GILBERTSVILLE PA – Montgomery County planners involved in the just-launched “MontCo Pikes” study (described in the video above), which includes the historic Swamp Pike traffic corridor that spawned early industry in the Gilbertsville area, issued their first call Thursday (Sept. 10, 2020) for area users’ “visions” and comments on the highways’ “overall character and functionality.”

From those who “drive, walk, bike, work, or live near” the county-owned Swamp, Butler, Germantown, Sumneytown, or Geryville pikes, and Easton Road, planners are looking for shared thoughts “on key issues, concerns, and opportunities for each corridor.” Where do you encounter congestion?, it asked. Where do you feel unsafe walking, biking, accessing transit, or driving? What areas need improvements?

Swamp Pike crosses all or part of three western county townships: Limerick, New Hanover, and Douglass (Montgomery).

The project team hopes the study, fully titled as “Montco Pikes: A Vision Plan for Six County Corridors,” will provide guidance for where additional travel lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, and other types of improvements might be appropriate. It also anticipates looking at “significant safety issues or environmental constraints that need to be considered.”

Users of any of the pikes can post their thoughts and comments, or react to those of others, on a page specially created for feedback, here.

The $300,000 research effort is being funded by federal transportation funds in a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. It’s expected to take two years to complete.

The study represents a first step in preparing for the future transportation needs along these corridors, planners noted. Additional design and engineering will be required before any improvements can be constructed. Improvements also are likely be implemented over time, based on needs and available resources.

Screenshot from the MontCo Pikes video, at the county Planning Commission YouTube channel