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Six Major Road and Bridge Projects Approved in MontCo

Six major road and bridge projects were approved last week by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently approved six major road and bridge projects in Montgomery County, officials announced Friday.  The projects are part of nearly $100 million in state funds for transportation improvements the DVRPC region will receive in 2014 under Act 89.

Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards, who sits on the board of the DVRPC and voted for the package, said the money will "kick-start" several projects that are ready to go and awaiting funds. 

The approval includes a wetland improvement project on Route 309 in Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin, Cheltenham, Springfield, Whitemarsh, Horsham and Montgomery Townships. The restoration project will rectify wetlands that were not properly restored during the Route 309 reconstruction, county officials said.

 “The DVRPC approval is a major step in beginning to reduce the backlog of projects and improving the deteriorating infrastructure in Montgomery County and the entire region,” Richards said.

In addition to the wetlands improvement project, others include: 

• Rehabilitation of the Route 73 bridge over Skippack Creek in Perkiomen Township

• The rehabilitation of the New Second Street bridge over Tacony Creek in Cheltenham Township

• Replacement of the Second Avenue bridge over a branch of Mingo Creek in Upper Providence Township

• Reconstruction of the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River in Stowe 

In addition, the DVRPC action will also release $50,000 each to fund the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Route 611 study and the Route 611 corridor study.

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