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MCPC just released a 2017 Progress Update for the Turnpike Corridor Reinvestment Project plan. The update shows how state agencies are already funding new interchanges and local governments have already begun to rezone their office parks. The private sector is also responding to the momentum created by these transportation investments and municipal actions.
The plan, released in 2015 by MCPC, is part of the groundbreaking Turnpike Corridor Reinvestment Project. The goal of this project is to reinvigorate the business parks along the turnpike from the Valley Forge interchange to the Willow Grove interchange. The plan makes a business case for improved turnpike access, mixed-use zoning, and new interchange investment.
The potential conversion of the PA Turnpike to cashless tolling by 2020 creates the opportunity to modify and modernize existing interchanges while providing an occasion to rethink how residents and workers access I-276. Combined with the prospect of introducing mixed-use zoning in parts of seven reinvestment areas totaling 10,500 acres between the Valley Forge and Willow Grove exits, the potential exists to reestablish Montgomery County’s older office parks as premiere office centers in the Philadelphia region.
The 2017 Progress Update and more on the project can be found at www.montcopa.org/TurnpikeCorridorProject.