Ridge Pike Improvement Project
About Ridge Pike
Ridge Pike, which is owned by Montgomery County from Philadelphia to Norristown, provides access to I-476 (the Blue Route) as well as numerous commercial centers. The 5 miles between Norristown and Philadelphia carry between 20,000 and 30,000 cars daily. The original “turnpike” dates to colonial days when Ridge Pike connected Philadelphia to the agricultural hinterlands. Many of the structures remaining along Ridge Pike today have been part of the landscape for a very long time. The modern roadway dates from the 1930s. Through the years, Ridge Pike has been widened, reconstructed in concrete around the 1970s, and repaved numerous times.
- Most of Ridge Pike and its drainage system are in poor condition
- Left turns are difficult at some locations
- There is congestion along the length of the corridor
- The connection to I-476 is confusing
- Older buildings and other features are close to the road
- There are few pedestrian and transit amenities
- The roadway needs a full reconstruction
- Stormwater management facilities need to be upgraded
- New signals and turn lanes are needed at several locations
- An additional eastbound through lane is needed between Church Road and Manor Road
- Sidewalks and bus shelters are needed throughout the corridor
The full Ridge Pike project area is nearly 5 miles long and will require some very complex engineering in areas near the PA Turnpike, the Norfolk Southern rail lines, and the Sunoco pipeline. In order to complete the overall project as quickly as possible, the project has been divided into several manageable segments for engineering and construction. Design is progressing for several segments at this time. More specific information about the individual segments will be provided soon.
- Plymouth Township Segment (PA Turnpike to Chemical Road)
- Whitemarsh-Springfield Segment (Crescent Avenue to Philadelphia)
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June 6, 2017 PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
The Montgomery County Planning Commission and the Montgomery County Department of Roads and Bridges held a second public open house for the Crescent Avenue to Philadelphia Segment on June 6, 2017. The event featured preliminary plan displays highlighting the proposed improvements. Attendees had an opportunity to circulate among the various displays to gather information, make comments, and discuss the different facets of the project with the project team members. A brief presentation took place at 6:30 PM. Click on the links below to view the presentation, handout, and comment form for the second open house. Information on the first open house, which took place on June 20, 2016, is also available below.
- June 6, 2016 Open House Meeting Handout
- June 6, 2017 Open House Meeting Presentation
- June 6, 2017 Open House Meeting Comment Form
June 20, 2016 Public Open House
Over 100 persons attended a public open house on the Crescent Avenue to Northwestern Avenue portion of the Ridge Pike Improvement Project. The open house, which took place on June 20, 2016 at the Whitemarsh Township building, offered an opportunity to learn about the project, view plans, and provide public input. Below are a video of the open house and a list of questions and answers from the event:
Duration: 35:34 minutes
For questions or comments about the Ridge Pike Improvement Project, please contact Matthew Edmond at 610-278-3742.