-- State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) announced that the improvement feasibility study approved last week by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the first step for dramatic improvements to Route 611, Horsham Road between Babylon and Stump roads, Norristown Road, and Welsh Road in the 151st Legislative District.
Last year, the Legislature increased transportation funding by $2.3 billion over five years to address the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. During discussions on the transportation funding bill Stephens sought improvements to area roadways. PennDOT agreed to address traffic concerns and cited the need to study traffic patterns first.
“Traffic is the No. 1 issue affecting quality of life for my constituents and local businesses,” Stephens said. “We need to be able to get to and from our homes, businesses and schools as safely and efficiently as possible.”
Stephens worked with municipal, county and PennDOT officials to ensure projects important to Montgomery County were part of the final plan. This study is the first step toward those projects.
The DVRPC will also dedicate $50,000 to study improvements to the Route 611 interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and $650,000 for wetland restoration along Route 309 in Horsham, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin, Cheltenham and Montgomery townships.
“Some of these improvements have been sought by local governments for decades and this funding will move these projects forward,” Stephens said. “With the prevalence of business campuses served by these roads, these improvements will help move residents through town more efficiently and make the area more desirable for economic development and job creation.”
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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