PennDOT will be attending the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on May 3rd to provide an update on the Route 41 Gateways Project in Village of Chatham, London Grove Township, Chester County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 6 will be attending the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 3, 2017 to provide an update on the final plans and schedule for the construction of the gateways along Route 41 in the Village of Chatham. This is a regularly scheduled London Grove Township Meeting, and PennDOT will be near the beginning of the night’s agenda.

The purpose of the meeting is for PennDOT to provide final details on the location and aesthetic treatments of the gateways, to provide the construction schedule, and answer any questions the Board or citizens might have. The improvement alternatives at the Route 41/Route 841 intersection are still being studied and will not be presented at this meeting.

LOCATION:                                         London Grove Township
372 Rosehill Road
West Grove, PA 19390
 
DATE:                                                    Wednesday, May 3, 2017
TIME:                                                    7:00 -  7:30 p.m.

 The location of the meeting is in concurrence with the Americans with Disabilities Act and any person requiring special assistance is asked to contact Rob Nuss, Project Manager, at 717-766-1741, prior to the meeting.  If you need additional information regarding the project, please visit the project website at www.pa41.com or contact Steven Fellin, PennDOT Project Manager, at 610-205-6821.


                                                                PROJECT UPDATE


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 6 is concurrently advancing three projects on Route 41 in Londonderry and London Grove townships, Chester County. We are always open to additional public feedback and would like provide an update on each project at this time.

Route 41 Chatham Gateways

This project involves the construction of a gateway at both the north and south ends of the Village of Chatham. This is an early action project to be built in advance of the Route 41/Route 841 intersection improvement project to provide relief to some concerns expressed at the public workshops. The gateways are compatible with the intersection improvement alternatives under study and, therefore, can be advanced at a faster pace to provide traffic calming benefits to the village. Plans showing the proposed project can be downloaded using the links on this page.

Since our public open house held in June 2016, PennDOT staff and its design engineering team have been incorporating public feedback and fine-tuning the design. We are currently coordinating with local utilities, the Chester County Conservation District and London Grove Township. Since the gateways are located within the National Register-eligible Chatham Historic District, we are also working through the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process and obtaining environmental clearance. Information on the historic district and the Section 106 Effect Findings in ProjectPath (a publicly available website for Section 106 documentation on transportation projects) can be found using the following link:

Archaeology Finding Form: https://search.paprojectpath.org/PostingDetails.aspx?ProjectID=50947&PostingID=25352

Aboveground Historic Structures Finding Form: https://search.paprojectpath.org/PostingDetails.aspx?ProjectID=50947&PostingID=25364

Our goal is for construction of the gateways to start during the summer of 2017 and with completion prior to the end of the year.



Route 41/Route 841 Intersection

This project involves addressing the safety and traffic flow needs at the PA Route 41 intersection with PA Route 841 in the Village of Chatham. The PennDOT project team has finalized the preliminary planning report that summarizes why the project is needed and depicts several alternatives that were developed to meet those needs.

The final preliminary planning report was developed based on recent studies, plus public input gained from the project workshops, and from comments received on the draft report. The report provides a list of alternatives to be carried forward into detailed studies, during which these alternatives will be fine-tuned to minimize environmental impacts and address public comment. The alternatives PennDOT is recommending for further study include:

  - Alternative 5A


  - Alternative 5B

  - Alternative 6

  - Alternative 9

  - Alternative 10

Hard copies of the report are available for viewing at London Grove Township and can also be downloaded using the links on this page. While these reports are considered final, we invite citizens to comment on them and on the alternatives that are recommended for further study. We will then address these comments as we work through the detailed study phase of the project.

While the PennDOT Team is currently designing these alternatives in more detail to ultimately select a preferred alternative, the primary focus in the Village of Chatham has been on the Gateways Project listed above. Some of the activities completed since the planning study include gathering more detailed project mapping/land surveys, obtaining public right-of-ways, documenting existing public utilities, and determining property ownership. Coordination with State and Federal resource agencies (US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission) as well as the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission has been initiated. Due to the complexity of the engineering solutions and environmental features described in the planning study, it may take several years to determine the preferred intersection solution. As this project develops, we will continue to coordinate with London Grove Township and citizens of the Village of Chatham to keep them informed and to gather additional input.



Route 41/Route 926 Intersection

This project involves addressing the safety and traffic flow needs at the PA Route 41 intersection with PA Route 926 in the Londonderry Township. The PennDOT project team has finalized the preliminary alternatives analysis report that summarizes why the project is needed and depicts several alternatives that were developed to meet those needs.

The final preliminary report was developed based on recent studies, plus public input gained from the project workshops, and from comments received on the draft report. The report provides list of alternatives to be carried forward into detailed studies, during which these alternatives will be fine-tuned to minimize environmental impacts and address public comment. The alternatives PennDOT is recommending for further study include:

  - Alternative 1

  - Alternative 3

  - Alternative 4

Hard copies of the report are available for viewing at Londonderry Township and can be viewed using the links on the right. While these reports are considered final, we invite citizens to comment on them and on the alternatives that are recommended for further study. We will then address these comments as we work through the detailed study phase of the project.

In the fall of 2016, the PennDOT Team met with the State and Federal resource agencies (US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission) to introduce the project and to discuss state/federal permitting strategies. During the meeting a field view was conducted and an additional alternative (Alternative 5) was suggested. This new alternative is a combination of Alternatives 1 and 4. Other activities completed since the final report include gathering more detailed project mapping/land surveys, obtaining public right-of-ways, documenting existing public utilities, and determining property ownership. The PennDOT Team is currently developing the three alternatives carried forward from the preliminary studies as well as the new alternative in enough detail to assess environmental and property impacts. Our goal is to have these designs ready to discuss with the public during spring of 2017. We will be coordinating with Londonderry Township, the resource agencies, and holding a public open house. Once finalized, these alternatives will also be available on this website.



We are open to public feedback and ideas concerning these three projects along PA Route 41. Please direct additional comments or questions to Steve Fellin, PennDOT project manager, or Rob Nuss, Erdman Anthony project manager.

 

Steve Fellin                                                                Rob Nuss
PennDOT Engineering District 6-0                              Erdman Anthony
7000 Geerdes Blvd.                                                    100 Sterling Parkway, Suite 212
King of Prussia, PA 19406                                           Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
sfellin@pa.gov                                                             nussr@erdmananthony.com
610-205-6821                                                              717-766-1741