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Royersford Road Realignment Plan Presented

Engineering drawings overlaid on a aerial photo, displayed Tuesday, show the current layout of Royersford Road at its intersection with Linfield-Trappe Road, and its proposed realignment and widening (in yellow)

LIMERICK PA – Drawings for the proposed realignment of the accident-prone intersection at Royersford and Linfield-Trappe roads were presented Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2017) to the Limerick Board of Supervisors, as well as its cost: more than $4 million.

That’s money worth spending, supervisors generally – but not yet officially – agreed. “We’ve got an issue here that we’ve got to fix,” board member Thomas Neafcy Jr. said, as his colleagues nodded. They asked township engineers and Manager Daniel Kerr to begin preliminary talks with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about the plans, and report again to the board during October.

Linfield-Trappe Road is owned by the state. The proposal requires PennDOT approval, as well as a state highway occupancy permit, before construction could start.

In the project explained by Brian Keaveney, an associate vice president of the township engineering firm Pennoni Associates, the southern portion of Royersford Road would be re-located slightly west along Linfield-Trappe, to align with its northern section. A cul-de-sac would be created at the end of the remaining but no longer active stretch of Royersford Road to accommodate home owner access.

Both roads would be widened at the intersection to include room for future left-turn lanes, and also to meet PennDOT standards.

At the urging of board Chairman Kara Shuler, engineers and PennDOT also may look at the short-term possibility of installing four-way stop signs at the corners. Trucks and other vehicles headed to or from the Lewis Road ramps to U.S. Route 422, located only a mile west, have been known to “go flying though” the intersection, she noted. Adding stop signs there would help enforce speed limits and reduce the chance for accidents, Shuler said.

If approved, the realignment will require the installation of a culvert to redirect water from Mingo Creek beneath the roadway. Engineers and contractors would do their best to minimize any effects to wetlands surrounding the creek, Keaveney reported, and also would work with the Montgomery County Conservation District in dealing with nearby preserved farmland.

Supervisors agreed at their April 18 meeting to pay Pennoni $34,000 to develop the proposal sketch and collect accompanying data. The engineers already have enough information to discuss the “constructability” of the project with PennDOT, Kerr reported. “Now we’ve got to make sure it’s feasible,” he said, as well as seek out grants or other funding sources to support the cost.

“Straightening (Royersford Road) is really a necessity in this case,” board Vice Chairman Joseph St. Pedro said.

Related (to the Limerick Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 19 meeting):

Photo by The Post Publications

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