The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission July 24 approved up to $1.1 billion in proposed transportation projects for Montgomery County, according to a press release. The projects are part of the DVRPC’s four-year Transportation Improvement Program and 12-year capital program.
“Today’s action heralds one of the most ambitious and exciting periods of transportation infrastructure improvement in southeastern Pennsylvania and Montgomery County in our history,” Montgomery County Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Leslie Richards, the county’s representative to the DVRPC and chairwoman of the DVRPC board, said in the release. “There literally is not a corner of Montgomery County that won’t
won’t be positively influenced by this influx of sorely needed transportation funds.”
Between 2015 and 2026, the southeastern region of Pennsylvania, consisting of Bucks, Chester, Philadelphia, Montgomery and Chester counties, expects to receive $8 billion in highway funding and $7.1 billion in transit funding. Montgomery County expects to see $403 million for transportation-related projects in the first four years of the 12-year period.
Two of the largest projects expected to receive funds are the Route 202 reconstruction and widening between Norristown and Montgomeryville and the replacement of the Route 422 Bridge over the Schuylkill River.
The money will also go toward transit improvements including parking garages at Lansdale, Noble (Abington), Conshohocken and Ardmore stations in the Regional Rail system, as well as the Norristown, Hatboro, Jenkintown, Roslyn and Willow Grove train stations. Surface expansions will be completed at train stations in NorthWales, Gwynedd Valley and Philmont.
Other proposed transit improvements include track and bridge work, new rail cars, and service frequency improvements on the Manyunk/Norristown line and the West Trenton line.
The list of projects is fiscally constrained, which means the total of all of the projects cannot exceed the cost of the amount of money the region will get during the 12-year period. The list includes federally funded projects, regionally significant projects, public transportation projects, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and freight-related projects.
The DVRPC is the Delaware Valley’s metropolitan planning organization that covers Bucks, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey.
The complete Transportation Improvement Program and 12year project listing for Montgomery County is available at www. dvrpc.org.