Harrisburg – State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) today was joined by Rep. Alex Charlton (R-165) and Rep. Jaimie Santora (R-163) in announcing the approval of more than $1.5 million in state grants to help fund roadway, sidewalk and watershed improvement grants in Delaware County.
“It’s important that tax dollars be returned to our communities to improve traffic safety and reduce congestion,” McGarrigle said. “Efficient roads and healthy watersheds are important components of a high quality of life.”
“Enhancing transportation options and accessibility in Delaware County is a significant part of the effort to improve housing and economic development opportunities,” Charlton said. “These grants are a valuable investment in our county’s future.”
“These are good investments that will help new businesses in our area,” Santora said of Upper Darby Township’s grants. “With the opening of the new hotel at Drexelbrook, this will make a nice gateway for the community.”
- Upper Darby Township will receive $83,254 for roadway and sidewalk improvements in Drexel Hill. The work will include construction of concrete roadway, curbing and sidewalks on the 300 block of Edmonds Avenue in front of the Garrettford Fire Company. The total cost of the project is $118,935.
- Upper Darby Township will also receive $326,632 for improvements adjacent to Aronimink Station on the SEPTA 101 trolley line in Drexel Hill. The project includes construction of pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements at the intersection of Feme Boulevard and Burmont Road, traffic calming circles, and a new pedestrian crossing at the SEPTA tracks intersection with Burmont Road.
- Marple Township will receive $261,191 to alleviate traffic congestion by widening North Main Road to include dual left turn lanes at the West Chester Pike intersection. Traffic signal improvements will encourage the use of major streets, avoiding diversions to residential streets. The project includes installation of a flashing signal at the fire department entrance to reduce traffic obstruction and improve response times. The total project cost is $373,130.
- Springfield Township will receive $283,136 to install a traffic signal at the intersection of West Sproul Road and the Springfield Country Club driveway to improve safety and mobility. The signal will be connected to a system that allows multiple intersection signals on Sproul Road to work in unison. Crosswalks and a sidewalk connecting to the bus stop at Gleaves Road will also be added. The total project cost is $404,480.
- Springfield Township will also receive $240,000 to restore and upgrade three degraded water management basins on Capie Polk Drive, Lincoln Drive and Barclay Circle. The project will include removing brush and sediment, and replacing inlet and outlet structures. The total project cost is $240,000.
- Media Borough will receive $372,419 to create and install a signage system that will direct visitors who walk, bicycle, drive or take public transit to destinations throughout the borough. The project will also install 16 pedestrian crosswalks along Baltimore Avenue. The total project cost is $873,724.
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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