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.”