Editor's note: The following information comes from the office of state Sen. Andrew Dinniman.
In connection with the slip ramp project under construction to connect Route 29 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced that a contract has been awarded to improve Route 29 itself and its key intersections in Charlestown and East Whiteland townships.
PennDOT recently selected a Pennsylvania firm to perform a $4.2 million widening of the stretch of Route 29 between Yellow Springs Road (south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike) and Phoenixville Pike (just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.).
Along that stretch, the firm Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, will construct an additional northbound and southbound through lane and five-food wide shoulders.
“The widening and improvement of Route 29 and surrounding roads goes hand-in-hand with the construction of the Route 29 slip-ramp project, a new all-electronic interchange linking Route 29 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” Dinniman said. “These projects represent a major transportation improvement to this region, not only by providing shorter, safer commutes, but also by bolstering economic development and job growth.”
Route 29 will remain open to a single lane of traffic in each direction during construction, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. It said construction is financed with state funds plus monies provided by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and LV Associates. The Trammell Crow Company funded the engineering design phase.
In addition, crews will widen sections of Charlestown Road and Phoenixville Pike, provide additional turn lanes, and new traffic signals at the three intersections. The Route 29 widening project is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed in June 2014.
The slip ramp itself is scheduled to be completed and operational by late 2012. In addition, the Turnpike Commission plans to begin work on widening the six miles of the turnpike within Tredyffrin Township in 2013.
For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s West Chester Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail email@example.com.