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.