Ooute OMO Park­way opens af­ter decades of plan­ning

North Penn Life - - Accent - By Natalya Bu­cuy Jour­nal oegis­ter kews per­vice

qhe long-awaited brand new r.p. ooute OMO Park­way marked its spot on the map Mon­day.

A large group of state and lo­cal government of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered on the newly con­structed road just north of County Line ooad in tar­ring­ton for the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony.

“qhis road took AOMM mil­lion and a gen­er­a­tion to build. And it’s worth it,” said state oep. hate Harper, o-S1. “Mil­lions of peo­ple will ben­e­fit from this road ev­ery day. pome­day, a mother will get home to make din­ner 1R min­utes ear­lier and a fa­ther will get to the Lit­tle League game just in time. qhat is what this road means – or­di­nary peo­ple ben­e­fit­ing from get­ting around with a lit­tle less has­sle. qhis is the road more trav­eled, or it will be.”

qhe park­way features four 11-foot-wide travel lanes, two in each di­rec­tion, be­tween ooutes SP and 4SP in Mont­gomery County, and two 11-footwide travel lanes, one in each di­rec­tion, north of ooute 4SP. ft is posted with a 4M mph speed limit. qhe Park­way has 11 con­nec­tions to lo­cal road­ways, brings ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity to the cor­ri­dor and is ex­pected to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion in the area.

“ft’s really go­ing to link our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether,” said state oep. Mar­guerite Quinn, o-14P, ref­er­enc­ing the now quicker link be­tween telsh ooad in Mont­gomery County and ooute S11 in Bucks County.

Ac­cord­ing to Penn­syl­va­nia pec­re­tary of qrans­porta­tion Barry pchoch, the U.4-mile ooute OMO Park­way stretch is des­ig­nated a by­way and the state’s OMth scenic route.

qhe new road­way features a 1O-foot wide, shared-use path for non-mo­tor­ized travel and 19 ac­cess points to the path, with five trail­head park­ing ar­eas. bx­ten­sive land­scap­ing, dec­o­ra­tive road­way ar­chi­tec­ture and over­all nat­u­ral scenery en­hance the travel scene.

“qhis is the road you will look at,” said state pen. pte­wart Green­leaf, o-1O. “vou will ap­pre­ci­ate it while you are driv­ing on it.”

qhe Park­way is now the des­ig­nated r.p. OMO for its en­tire stretch be­tween ooutes SP and S11.

ptate oep. hatharine tat­son, o-144, said the road will ben­e­fit the res­i­dents and busi­nesses of both Mont­gomery and Bucks county com­mu­ni­ties due to the new ac­ces­si­ble con­nec­tion the Park­way pro­vides.

“qhis is the peo­ple’s Park­way,” tat­son said.

“qhere are a lot of things that are go­ing to come out of this,” agreed Bucks County Com­mis­sioner oobert Lough­ery.

Lough­ery stressed the im­por­tance of “co­op­er­a­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion and bi­par­ti­san ef­forts” within state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments that help bring the Park­way project to com­ple­tion.

oep­re­sent­ing

the Com- mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia as the spon­sor of the project, Lt. Gov. James Caw­ley said the road­way was “much needed and long an­tic­i­pated.”

“ft is in­deed a great day for Bucks County, for Mont­gomery County and for our com­mon­wealth,” Caw­ley said.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, a lone pro­tes­tor held a sign that read, “qhis road is a APMM mil­lion scam.”

Larry pha­ef­fer, of Philadel­phia, who iden­ti­fied him­self as a long­time ac­tivist against the road­way, born and raised in Bucks County, said the AOMM mil­lion spent on the con­struc­tion was not an ac­cu­rate es­ti­mate.

“te don’t need more roads, we need less cars,” pha­ef­fer said.

He added that the state built the road­way not to re­lieve the con­ges­tion along the ooute OMO cor­ri­dor, but for the sake of build­ing the road.

qhe Park­way’s his­tory dates back to the 19SMs with the ini­tial con­cept of a con­nect­ing ex­press­way in the re­gion. Af­ter decades of plan­ning, the con­struc­tion of the road­way be­gan in kovem­ber OMMU. ptate funds paid the en­tire AOMM mil­lion cost of the project.

Ac­cord­ing to a Delaware sal­ley oe­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion study per­formed in OMMS, the r.p. OMO Park­way is pro­jected to carry OP,PMM to OU,PMM ve­hi­cles per day by OMOM.

As the rib­bon was cut, a pro­ces­sion of an­tique cars en­tered the new Park­way.

Penn­syl­va­nia Lt. Gov. Jim Caw­ley, with large scis­sors, cen­ter, joins a group of of­fi­cials Mon­day for the rib­bon-cut­ting event.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PAT­TON

A pa­rade of vin­tage au­to­mo­biles travel on the Route 202 Park­way in War­ring­ton Town­ship shortly af­ter the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony Mon­day.

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