The Winter 2011 Newsletter put out by then Rep. Nick Micozzie provides a great deal of informative background on projects that continue today. We hope you get some good information on topics like the Clifton Heights Baltimore Pike Revitalization Plan, Clifton Heights Community Economic Development Corporation, Mac/Sam Apartment Complex Environmental Remediation, a Summary of the major budget items where taxpayer money was allocated back to Clifton Heights Borough, and the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RCAP).
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A fitting tribute to Nick Micozzie
Written by Phil Heron, the Editor of the Delaware County Times in his blog and partial in the Times Edition
May 22, 2015, http://delcoheronsnest.blogspot.com
If you’re one of those harried folks who scramble every morning to arrive early and snag a precious parking spot at the Secane Station to start your commute into the city on the Media/Elwyn line, you owe a debt of gratitude.
There are 60 brand new parking spots at the transit stop this week.
They are there for one reason: Act 89. That is the massive transportation package that was passed by the Legislature. It is providing critical funding for infrastructure and transit work across the Commonwealth.
Act 89 happened in large part because of one man.
That would be former state Rep. Nick Micozzie. The longtime Upper Darby Republican, who retired last fall after representing Upper Darby in Harrisburg for more than three decades, deftly shepherded this crucial piece of legislation through the mine field known as Harrisburg.
Make no mistake, Act 89 was not a particularly popular piece of legislation, especially among Republicans. The GOP folks from the middle of the state very often turn a deaf ear to packages they believe are tilted to giving aid to the southeaster portion of the state. Add in what many believe were thinly disguised tax hikes, and they consider it something akin to anathema.
It was left to Micozzie to pick up the ball and run with it for Governor. Tom Corbett.
Few people know the intricacies of how Harrisburg works – and how legislation gets passed – better than Micozzie. He not only managed to get the crucial funding through his Transportation Committee, he got it passed and onto to Corbett’s desk.
The result is a lot of critically important projects such as the one unveiled at Secane Station this week.
That’s why it was particularly poignant to see a phalanx of local and SEPTA officials gather at the station this week to cut the ribbon and show off their new toy.
There will be a road sign at the station marking it ‘Nick Micozzie Way.’
It was a nice gesture for a nice man.
A guy who was not afraid to reach across the aisle to get something done, whether it be more funding for local schools, or important infrastructure projects.
The moment also comes with a tinge of sadness.
Delaware County has no idea how much they will miss Nick Micozzie looking after their interests in Harrisburg.
That’s a lot of clout that just left town.
But Act 89 – and the projects it will fund – will remind us just how important Nick Micozzie was.
In January of 2014 Jeff Wolfe of the Delco Times wrote an article that provides some good background on the improvements that were recently completed at the Secane Station of the Septa Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line.
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Update: Delay – Installation of Drainage System – Widening of intersection at Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road…
Our office has received calls about what is causing the delay in the the installation of the drainage system and the widening at the intersection of the Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road, respectfully.
Please be informed the delay is being caused by the need for Verizon to relocate their underground cables, which are currently located where the newly planned drainage system is to be installed along Springfield Road.
We appreciate your patience on this temporary inconvenience so that we can have an improved traffic flow at this intersection in the future.
If anyone has any questions or comments please let us know by responding to this article and we will do our best to respond to your concerns in a timely manner.
During my tenure as your State Representative and as the Majority Chairman of the Pa. House of Representative’s Transportation Committee my office worked closely with Penn Dot both locally and in Harrisburg to fund the Baltimore Pike and South Springfield Road Optimization Project.
Since the Pa. General Assembly enacted into law a dedicated funding source, PennDOT has begun needed projects throughout the state that include bridge replacements, widening of State Highways, updating and replacing traffic signals with updated state-of-the-art equipment. SEPTA in our area has replaced and constructed a new train station at Oak Avenue in Primos and are presently in the process of constructing a new modern train station at North Avenue and Providence Road in Secane.
Through my office at that time I was able to convince PennDOT to dedicate $4,128,459.90 of PennDOT’s Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) called the Baltimore Pike Optimization Project. The project consists of the widening of the Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road intersection, new mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps with sidewalk construction, upgrades with interconnections of 20 signalized intersections along Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road, extending 3.2-miles from Bishop Avenue to Church Lane in Lansdowne Borough as well as on South Springfield Road to the Aldan Borough boundary line. It also includes the widening of the Baltimore Pike Intersection. I am presently working with State Senator McGarrigle and State Representative Santora to expedite the project.
Widening the Baltimore/Springfield and possibly Baltimore/Bishop intersections has been scheduled in the near future. The design of the ADA ramps for the following intersections have been approved by PennDOT; new construction will include intersections at Baltimore & Bishop, Baltimore & Church Street, Baltimore & Springfield, Baltimore & Diamond, Springfield & Broadway, Springfield & Madison, Springfield Road and West Maryland, Pennsylvania Avenue, Woodlawn Avenue and Clifton Avenue.
Improvements will specifically involve full modernization of intersection signalization equipment. Existing equipment will be removed and replaced by new equipment including signal supports, traffic controllers, signal heads and all electrical equipment. Intersections in the project are Baltimore and the following cross streets: Bishop, Delmar/Home Depot, Oak, Church Street, Springfield, Diamond, SEPTA Route 102, Marple, Jackson/K-Mart, Scottdale/Burmont, Martin/Mansfield, Lansdowne, Wycombe, Union, Giant, Penn/Fourth, and Church Lane. Also, on South Springfield Road the following cross streets: West Broadway, West Madison andWoodlawn.
The Lansdowne intersection will undergo limited widening with new left and right turn signals at each intersection. New traffic lights will l finally be installed at South Springfield Road and Madison Avenue as well as at the intersection of South Springfield Road and the trolley tracts. Also left turn signals will be installed at Baltimore Pike and Oak Avenue.
The improvement at Bishop and Baltimore includes widening and adding an additional left-turn lane to the existing single left-turn lane from eastbound Baltimore Pike (in Springfield Township) approaching the Bishop Avenue intersection. In doing so there then will be double left-turn lanes from eastbound Baltimore Pk. making turns into double lanes on northbound Bishop Avenue (to Springfield Road).
Also the existing 3 lanes (a left-turn, straight and right-turn) from southbound Bishop Avenue approaching the intersection will be shifted towards the proposed widening on the southbound to accommodate the additional lane on the northbound. They are looking to start physical work in May. The current completion date is for mid 2016.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 14, 2015, PennDOT – King of Prussia, PA
PennDOT to Improve Travel on Baltimore Avenue and Springfield Road in Delaware County
Both Roads Will Remain Open to Traffic During Construction
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will start construction Monday, April 27, on a $4.1 million project to improve traffic flow and safety by upgrading and synchronizing 20 signalized intersections along a three-mile section of Baltimore Avenue and a half-mile section of Springfield Road in Springfield and Upper Darby townships, and Clifton Heights, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne boroughs, Delaware County. The project is scheduled to finish in May 2016.
Crews will work the next 13 months to fully modernize 17 signalized intersections on Baltimore Avenue and three on Springfield Road, and install more than 80 ADA curb ramps.
Traffic signals will be improved at the following cross streets along Baltimore Avenue: Bishop Avenue, Delmar Road, Oak Avenue, Church Street, Springfield Road, Diamond Street, SEPTA Route 102 trolley tracks, Marple Avenue, Jackson Avenue, Scottdale Road/Burmont Avenue, Martin Drive/Mansfield Avenue, Lansdowne Avenue, Wycombe Avenue, Union Avenue, Giant Supermarket, Penn Boulevard/Fourth Street, and Church Lane. Improvements to cross streets along Springfield Road include Broadway Avenue, West Madison Avenue and West Maryland Avenue/Pennsylvania Avenue/Woodlawn Avenue/Clifton Avenue.
The new traffic signal system will be connected to the existing fiber optic network which will improve traffic flow along both state highways.
In addition, PennDOT’s contractor will widen Baltimore Avenue’s intersections at Bishop Avenue, Springfield Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue to further improve traffic flow at the three locations.
On Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1, there will be lane restrictions on Baltimore Avenue at Springfield Avenue in Clifton Heights Borough, and at Bishop Avenue in Springfield Township from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for sign installations.
During the course of construction, motorists can expect to face lane closures and possible slowdowns Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Lenni Electric Corp. of West Chester, Pa., is the general contractor on the $4,159,459.90 project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Rudolph, 610-205-6798
At the intersection of Springfield and Baltimore Pike the property previously occupied by a service station has been purchased by Clifton Heights Borough. This intersection serves as the gateway to the Borough and has recently been transformed into a beautiful War Memorial Passive Park.
Through the efforts of State Representative Nick Micozzie, Clifton Heights Borough Council funds were obtain through the CDBG program. These funds were used towards restoration and transformation of the property. Improvements includes demolition and site remediation, landscaping, lighting and walk way. The focal point of the memorial is an exquisite war memorial.
The existing war memorial has been transferred to a new prominent home in the center of the Borough. Three flag poles and solar panel light fixtures are installed to illuminate the flags. Park benches and landscaping have been installed also The once dilapidated property is now a charming passive park for all to enjoy and honor those who served.
The work on Phase 1 of the Secane Station Project is near completion and should be ready by mid-April. Previously the parking lot had 40 permit spaces. The new lot will have a total of 100 spaces as well as additional improvements.