Montgomery County owns 75 miles of roadways throughout the county. Many date to colonial times and began as private turnpikes. As part of the new Montco Pikes project, the county will be taking a closer look at six main corridors to ensure these roadways will support twenty-first century lifestyles. Easton Road, Butler Pike, Germantown Pike, Sumneytown Pike, Geryville Pike, and Swamp Pike will be studied to establish an overall vision for the future of each roadway.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission is overseeing this effort with technical support from the consultant team led by McMahon Associates, Inc. and Gannett Fleming, Inc. The $300,000 study is being funded by federal transportation funds through a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Over the next few months, the county and consultant team will be reaching out to municipal leaders and the public to gather information about existing corridor features, traffic conditions, safety concerns, and future travel needs. The study, anticipated to be completed in two years, will present a long-term vision for each corridor in terms of overall character and function. It will provide guidance for where additional travel lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, and other types of improvements might be appropriate, as well as where there are significant safety issues or environmental constraints that need to be considered.
Additional design and engineering will be required before any improvements can be constructed, and improvements will likely be implemented in a phased approach over time, based on needs and available resources. The Montco Pikes project is an important first step in planning for the future transportation needs along these county corridors.
An important part of the Montco Pikes project involves gathering and sharing information. The public can share thoughts on the current function of each corridor, traffic and safety issues, and future needs through MindMixer, an online community engagement platform.
Municipal officials from communities adjacent to each of these roadways have been invited to provide critical information related to existing conditions of the corridor and to share expectations for the future of the corridor in terms of traffic operations, safety, future development, and environmental constraints. A kickoff meeting for municipal representatives will take place via Zoom in summer 2020 for each corridor.
For questions about the project, please contact Matthew Edmond, MCPC Transportation Section Chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org.