Harrisburg –State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) today announced the awarding of a $2 million grant for improvements to I-476 ramp connections in Marple Township.
Marple Associates, LLC intends to construct a mixed use development that consists of a retail/commercial hotel with restaurant and 147 townhomes. The 66.86 acre parcel is located in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of West Chester Pike and I-476 (Blue Route). The existing traffic and roadway network in the vicinity of the project site is currently congested during the peak periods.
“Significant delays exist today at the I-476 ramp connections to Route 3, along West Chester Pike, and at each of the existing traffic signals along the corridor in Marple Township extending into Haverford Township,” said McGarrigle. “This funding will help alleviate current congestion and allow for the development project to take place in a planned manner.”
The grant, from the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, will be used for improvements to the I-476 off-ramp and expansion of West Chester Pike eastbound lanes; installation of traffic signals and turning lanes at Langford Run Road; improvements to Lawrence Road; installation of tum lanes and a traffic signal control system on West Chester Pike; interconnection with existing traffic signals on Sussex Boulevard; and storm drainage. The total project cost is $8,974,818.
The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development, established to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.
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