Thursday, December 16, 2004

A Rare Sight in the PA Burbs: Bike Lanes to be Part of Towamencin Road Widening Project

A two year construction project will begin next week on Forty Foot Road and Sumneytown Pike near the Lansdale Turnpike Interchange. Its notable because this project actually contains some bicycle improvements. Towamencin Township also has bike lanes nearby on Allentown Road between Keeler and Forty Foot Roads.

Three other municipalities have bike lanes in the PA Suburbs Pottstown (1 mile of High St), Coatesville (1.5 Miles of Main St) and Upper Merion (1/2 mile on Gulph Rd)

Crews will widen Forty Foot Road (Route 63) between Sumneytown Pike and Tomlinson Road from two lanes to four lanes and add a center left turn lane.

Two six-foot bicycle lanes will also be installed between Quarry Road/Detweiler Road and Tomlinson Road/Heebner Way. A pedestrian bridge will be constructed over Forty Foot Road with cloverleaf style ramps to connect to a multi-use trail. The pedestrian bridge will be a one-span spread box beam bridge. It will be 40 feet wide and 77 feet long

The project also calls for widening the shoulder on Sumneytown Pike (Route
63) between the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange and the Turnpike overpass.