The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that construction will begin Thursday, Sept. 4 on a $998,481 project to improve travel through the intersection of U.S. Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Route 252 (Leopard Road/Bear Hill Road) and in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County.

“A combination of traffic signal, roadway and sidewalk improvements will be made over the next eight months to enhance traffic flow at this heavily traveled intersection that carries 37,000 vehicles a day,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.

PennDOT’s contractor will install an adaptive traffic signal system at four signalized intersections to allow the timing of the signals to adjust based on real-time traffic conditions at the approaches to each intersection. The intersections include Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Route 252 (Leopard Road/Bear Hill Road); Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Paoli Shopping Center; Route 252 (Leopard Road) and Paoli Shopping Center; and Route 252 (Bear Hill Road) and Central Avenue.

The improvement plan also includes adding dedicated left turn arrows for turns from southbound and northbound Route 252 (Leopard Road/Bear Hill Road) onto Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue); improving the turning radiuses at the intersection of Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Route 252 (Leopard Road/Bear Hill Road); milling and paving Route 252 (Bear Hill Road) between Central Avenue and Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue); building a new sidewalk along northbound Route 252 (Bear Hill Road) under the railroad bridge; and building new curb ramps.

Roadwork will take place Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some operations also will be done at night on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists are advised to allow additional time for travel on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Route 252 (Leopard Road/Bear Hill Road) because slowdowns will occur during construction.

This transportation improvement project, which is scheduled to finish by June 2015, is a partnership effort between PennDOT and Tredyffrin Township. PennDOT is financing and managing construction while Tredyffrin Township financed and performed the engineering design phase of the project.

Marino Corporation of Skippack, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the 100 percent federally-funded project.  

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