Section B: Plymouth Township (PA Turnpike to Chemical Road)

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Background

Ridge Pike is owned by Montgomery County from Philadelphia to Norristown. The section of Ridge Pike through Plymouth Township is a busy commercial corridor with many driveways and delivery trucks. Traffic volumes approach 30,000 vehicles per day through this section. The combination of high traffic volumes, many commercial driveways and the lack of a sheltered left turn lane creates a situation where vehicles weave back and forth across travel lanes to avoid turning vehicles. In addition, many businesses along the corridor rely on employees who use transit to get to work; however, the lack of sidewalks or protected pedestrian crossings makes walking along Ridge Pike difficult, at best.

The engineering firm for Section B of the Ridge Pike Improvement project is Pennoni Associates, Inc. Founded in 1966, PAI is a multidisciplinary firm that include civil, site, construction services, environmental, geotechnical, landscape architecture and planning, structural, survey, transportation, and water resources services. For more information, visit https://www.pennoni.com.

The Problems

  • Roadway and drainage in poor condition
  • Confusing access to I-476
  • Many turning movements between intersections
  • Congestion and weaving traffic
  • Lack of sidewalks and bus stops

The Solutions

  • Full reconstruction of the roadway
  • Widen roadway to create a center left turn lane
  • Signalize Industrial Way
  • Add sidewalks and bus stops
  • Reconfigure I-476 Interchange; remove jughandle at Alan Wood Road

Project Status

Section B is currently in final design. Some right of way has been purchased. The final design will need PennDot approvals before construction can begin. Construction is estimated to take two years.

For questions or comments about the Ridge Pike Improvement Project, please contact Matthew Edmond at 610-278-3742.