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