Dean announces $1.3M in state grants for area traffic, trail improvements

ABINGTON, Dec. 8 – Two state grants approved Tuesday will improve traffic and pedestrian safety in Abington and Upper Dublin townships, state Rep. Madeleine Dean announced.

A $900,000 Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for Abington Township will go toward improving traffic flow. Another CFA MTF grant for $400,000 will go toward constructing a bike and pedestrian trail within the Fort Washington Office Park, as well as improving Delaware and Virginia drives.

The project in Abington Township will involve acquiring and demolishing properties on the northwest side of Old York Road in order to widen the road, install sidewalks, and create better sight lines for trucks, cars and pedestrians. It will also include construction of a SEPTA bus shelter, and safer ingress and exit to local businesses. A $588,153 state Transportation Department MTF grant was previously awarded for this project, spearheaded by the Abington Township Economic Development Committee.

“We appreciate the state's investment in Abington,” Abington Township Manager Michael LeFevre said. “This is a pivotal project for Abington that will enhance the safety at one of our busiest intersections, at the same time allowing us to look forward to valuable economic development of this area.”

In Upper Dublin Township, the half-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail will run along Delaware and Virginia drives from Commerce Drive to Rapp Run Culvert. The project will also implement a “road diet” to narrow Delaware Drive and Virginia Drive to three lanes. The trail will provide pedestrian access to the Fort Washington Regional Train Station, and the road diet will improve safety by adding a middle turn lane for driveways. The total project cost is $3.3 million.

“The Commonwealth Financing Authority has recognized a wise investment in our community – making it a more livable, more walkable community,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “These grants save local tax revenue and fund projects that will promote health, protect drivers and pedestrians, and improve local infrastructure. Congratulations to Abington and Upper Dublin townships for their vision and investment in our communities.”