O’Mara, Vitali, Zabel announce federal grant to improve West Chester Pike

HAVERTOWN, Nov. 6 – A federal grant of nearly $3 million was recently approved for a project designed to reduce congestion and improve traffic on westbound West Chester Pike at the Interstate 476/Lawrence Road interchange in Delaware County.

State Reps. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, and Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, each applauded the announcement. The specific total for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant, for which the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation applied and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission approved, is $2.849 million.

Engineer Dave Pennoni of Haverford Township prepared the proposal, which includes the addition of a westbound lane on West Chester Pike that will be separate from lanes controlled by the traffic signal and will flow directly onto the I-476 northbound on-ramp. The on-ramp will be re-striped and signed to carry two lanes onto the existing ramp.

Additionally, the current intersection of West Chester Pike and the on-ramp will be modified to allow westbound traffic to turn onto the on-ramp accommodating vehicles from South Lawrence Road onto I-476 North.

“This project will relieve long-standing traffic congestion issues,” Zabel said. “This issue is so critical to the air quality of our community that it warranted my own individual letter of support [to the Planning Commission]. Thousands and thousands of drivers idling there now because of congestion severely impacts the air quality in the community surrounding these roads. I thank the commission and everybody involved in securing this grant.”

“Improving traffic flow benefits everyone, especially on a route as heavily traveled as West Chester Pike,” O’Mara said. “I’m very glad that this project was selected to receive federal funding, as it will be a major improvement for everyone living and working in Delaware County.”

“Funding like this drives improvements to infrastructure forward,” Vitali said. “As a result, we see less congestion, better air quality, increased commerce and safety improvements for our friends and families who use these roadways. It’s great to see that people in our community were directly involved in the development of this project, keeping our interests at heart. A special thanks to Haverford Township engineer Dave Pennoni for preparing this report and design.”

PennDOT will manage the project, which, because it’s federally funded, must receive environmental clearance during the preliminary engineering phase for it to advance to final design. Therefore, an exact timeline for when construction will begin is not yet known.

Pennoni's project plans: