Section A: Bridges Over PA Turnpike & Norfolk Southern Railroad

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The Montgomery County Planning Commission hosted a virtual webinar on February 24, 2021 on Zoom to discuss the upcoming Section A reconstruction project of Ridge Pike from School Lane to Belvoir Road in Plymouth Township. The webinar covered initial designs and potential impacts. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission also presented on the future Lafayette Street/Ridge Pike interchange.

Background

Ridge Pike is owned by Montgomery County from Philadelphia to Norristown. The section of Ridge Pike connecting Norristown to Plymouth Township is a busy commercial corridor with many driveways and delivery trucks. Traffic volumes approach 30,000 vehicles per day through this section. There are also two major bridges in this section that are in need of significant repairs and upgrades. The westernmost bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be reconstructed and widened to include new ramps for the proposed turnpike interchange. The adjacent bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad will also be completely reconstructed and widened to help accommodate turning lanes for the new interchange and to accommodate additional trackage as planned by the railroad.

In addition to the proposed turnpike ramps the project will need to coordinate with numerous utilities include a fuel pipeline within the project area. Sidewalks will also be added to the roadway and new bridges allowing safer and more convenient pedestrian activities along the corridor.

The engineering firm for Section A of the Ridge Pike Improvement project is Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. Founded in 1989, TPD is a multidisciplinary firm that include civil, site, construction services, environmental, landscape architecture and planning, structural, and transportation engineering services. For more information, visit https://www.trafficpd.com.

The Problems 

  • Old Bridges over the PA Turnpike and Norfolk Southern Railroad
  • Roadway and drainage in poor condition
  • Access for the new PA Turnpike Interchange
  • Lack of sidewalks and bus stops

The Solutions 

  • Construct new bridges over the PA Turnpike and Norfolk Southern Railroad
  • Full reconstruction of the roadway
  • Widen roadway in preparation of proposed turnpike interchange
  • Add sidewalks

Project Status

Section A is currently in preliminary design. Coordination with the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Norfolk Southern Railroad as well as major utilities in the project area is ongoing. Final design and right-of-way acquisition will follow. Construction is estimated to begin in Mid-2022's and take two years.

Public  Involvement 

For questions or comments about the Ridge Pike Improvement Project, please contact Laureen Sendel-Grant at 610-278-3734.