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Lewis Road To See Improvements This Spring

$2.5M project will widen road, add turning lanes, retime lights

Limerick Township Manager Dan Kerr took some time on Wednesday to talk to Patch about roadwork on Lewis Road that will start in a few weeks and extend until the fall.

“Over the past several years we’ve seen a lot of development along Lewis Road,” Kerr said. “We’ve been working with developers and collecting funds to do safety improvements from Cherry Lane down to Linfield-Trappe Road, near the Wawa.”

Lewis Road actually belongs to PennDOT despite being a major corridor for the township. Faced with a lack of funding help from the agency, as well as state and federal governments, the township took the lead on collecting funds from multiple sources.

“We finally accumulated enough funds to make this a township project. If we’d waited on money from PennDOT, it could have been another 20 years,” Kerr said.

Traffic engineers from Traffic Planning and Design, who consult regularly with the township, designed the plan. The bid was , a West Chester company, and construction is expected to start in a few weeks.

“There won’t be any detours,” Kerr said. “Traffic will be able to flow at all times. There will be lane closures, but no detours.”

The plans include some minor widening in order to accommodate new turning lanes. Turning lanes will be put in at Cherry Lane and on Lewis Road in front of the Teleflex complex. PECO has to move some utilities, as well.

The project is “scheduled to be finished in September or October this year,” Kerr said. “We hope it’ll alleviate some of the backups there [on that stretch of road] and at the intersections.”

truthsayer March 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
If Mr. Kerr had taken some time to meet with me, I would have asked if simply retiming the traffic lights would have a substantial impact on alleviating traffic, perhaps nullifying the $2.5 million expense. It seems like a reasonable question to ask. I would also ask if Penndot has plans to address Lewis Rd, or if this is simply the township's plan, and that of course means, Traffic Planning and Design's plan. It would seem from the careful wording of the article, Limerick cannot get funds from PennDot or any other state or federal agency, for this project. If it was deemed a vital project, I would think funds may be available somewhere...if it was deemed vital. It seems to me that installing turning lanes along that stretch of Lewis Rd will only impact the traffic wanting to turn into the auto dealership at D&L Drive and left turning traffic at W. Cherry Lane. That doesn't seem to do a whole lot for southbound traffic headed to 422 in the morning, and doesn't reduce the impact of traffic to the area. I am not a civil engineer, nor do I have any data to offer a counter proposal. However, I would think the first thing Limerick could do is go out there and change the timing of the lights, and see what impact that has, before spending any money. Is this not an option?
Annie Crist March 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I like the idea of fixing (somewhat) Lewis Road, now could we get something done about Vaughn Road between Lewis Road and Springertown Road. I don't know who owns Vaughn Road, but it sure is a mess. I counted 13 bumps, lumps and dips in a 1/2 mile stretch. Any ideas anyone?
Kevin Haslam March 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
As someone who lives near the area in question, I would say I have to both agree and disagree with you truthsayer. The timing of those traffic lights is awful, regardless if you are under the speed limit, going the speed limit, stuck in the rush hour traffic, etc. However, that only remains to be part of the problem. There are a lot of people driving that stretch - some are locals like me, and others are trying to get to backroads to avoid 422, and a lot of the time, it's very evident that they don't obey traffic law or etiquette. We've seen plenty of accidents near those auto dealerships. Now, on the other side of things, I would like to see a turning lane at Cherry. With that turn being around a bend, sometimes it's not visible that someone is turning. I haven't heard of any accidents in my time here, but it could very well cause one. Not to mention the amount of traffic that gets backed up there when one car needs to turn. I'm interested to see how all of this turns out. Unfortunately, truthsayer, as you mentioned, a lot of money is at stake to make these improvements.
Jr Bach March 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I agree this is a much needed improvement that the state and the developer of the new development at the corner of East Cherry will pay for. The timing of the lights won't make a difference. Building developments and not rebuilding the roads around the development are the problem. Vaughn Road is in Upper Providence and just contact the Public Works department. I know there are some bad bumps especially on the right hand side coming up the hill from Springertown Road. I just wish Spring City would fix Main Street in front of the Burger King. The storm sewer work the other year just made it worse. Kevin on a side note I will be contacting you about Royerford National Night on August 7th and what we have planned for the this year. We are already in the planning stages and are have people, groups, and businesses already committed to coming back again this year some for the 3rd year in a row. We are also trying to add some new things year and bring back some very popular stuff from years past.

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