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Thursday, December 20, 2001, 7:00 PM
From John Martin -
The next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)for the proposed Route 29 slip ramp is scheduled for Thursday, December 20 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Terrace Room at the Desmond Hotel. The CAC is composed of representatives from the townships, school boards, business community and County agencies in the Great Valley Corporate Center area Members of the public are invited to attend but may not ask questions during the meeting - similar to "work sessions" of government agencies. However - based on past sessions - the public may be able to question the presenters after the meeting on an informal basis.
The agenda for the meeting includes: Report on outcome of the re-run of the traffic model; Discussion of these traffic model results and Plan for getting feedback from the community organizations regarding traffic model results. The last CAC meeting was in March and the delay was due to the work necessary to re-run traffic models. This should be one of the more interesting CAC meetings. CAC has met periodically since October 1999 and the meetings will soon end and the Turnpike will make a recommendation on the Slip-ramp.
Wednesday, March 21, 2001, 7:00 PM
From John Martin -
The next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee ( a group of representatives from the municipalities, school districts, county agencies and the business community in the Great Valley Corporate Center) will be held Wednesday, March 21 at the Desmond Hotel from 7 to 9 pm. At the meeting responses from the municipalities on population growth, employment and traffic will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public, but the public cannot ask questions - similar to "work sessions" of public bodies.
Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 7:00 PM
From Sue Staas -
The next CAC meeting is scheduled for the Hotel Desmond - 7PM on September 13. It is so very hepful to have citizens from the township attend the meetings. We all introduce ourselves at the beginning of the meeting - so guests are identified. It is tremendously important to show evidence of our residents' ongoing concerns about this issue!
Charlestown Township will be represented by Sue Staas and John Martin. Others are invited to attend but will not have the right to speak - similar to "work sessions" of public bodies such as school boards.
Thursday, July 13, 2000, 7:00 PM
From John Martin -
The next CAC meeting (Citizens Advisory Committee) to consider the Route 29 slip-ramp proposed by the Turnpike Commission will be held Thursday July 13th from 7 - 9pm at the Desmond Hotel - the same location as the recent meetings. The agenda includes discussion of additional alternatives, assessing some remaining alternatives, what data still needs to be provided the CAC, induced traffic and future CAC meetings. This will be the sixth meeting of 6 proposed meetings. However there is unfinished business ( refer to the Schuylkill Spervisors letter to Gov Ridge posted June 30) so at least one or more additional meetings seems probable at this time.
Charlestown Township will be represented by Sue Staas and John Martin. Others are invited to attend but will not have the right to speak - similar to "work sessions" of public bodies such as school boards.
Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 7:00 PM
From Sue Staas -
The next meeting of the CAC is Thursday evening, July 13 at 7PM. Location is the Hotel Desmond in the Corporate Center.
This should be an interesting meeting because all alternative proposals will be discussed at length. Besides the three alternatives proposed by the Turnpike, and a no-build alternative, others should be on the table. Such as:
Turnpike Slip Ramp Alternatives
Alternative One Since 202 already has the infrastructure in place to enter and leave the Corporate Center and since it is being greatly improved at the 202, 76, 422 end why not build an interchange which connects directly with 202 somewhere between Valley Forge and Rt. 29? This would get traffic onto roads already designed to handle it rather than dumping cars onto rural roads or roads already clogged with traffic.
The philosophy is to use road systems, which are already in place or being improved, and at the same time have the connections built to move traffic in large volumes into the GVCC. ie the connections at 29. This would allow for both East and West connections, which would serve to relieve the traffic flowing from the Northwest part of Chester County across rural roads.
Alternative Two Since the objective appears to get some cars off the Turnpike and into the Corporate Center the plan should be to do that directly as is being done at Ft. Washington. This could be accomplished by building the connector from the Turnpike directly across the quarry and into the northern part of the Corporate Center instead of dumping more cars onto existing roads. There are 4 lane roads and infrastructure in place at the GVCC now and this would keep cars from the Corporate Center from clogging up 29 north to the entrance. Further, continue the connector and connect the north part of the Corporate Center with the part where SMS is located on Valley Stream Parkway. This gives two shots at people getting onto the ramp. At the east-end of SMS you could connect across the quarry to the north and onto the Turnpike. This would be convenient for SMS employees and it would let Vanguard and others have an easier access rather than getting onto 29 and other local roads which are a mess already .
Alternative Three
The most logical alternative appears to be to connect the Turnpike to 422 west of Valley Forge. This would give people going north on 422 a convenient interchange instead of going through the Valley Forge interchange and for those heading to the Corporate Center it would get them onto existing limited access roads which were built to handle the traffic. The Turnpike people say it is too close to Valley Forge but there are many roads across the state where one exit follows another in a short distance. Look at the 76 west at 202 and the following exit into the Mall. If we let the engineers work on this I am sure they can design an effective solution. A simple rule for creating a slip ramp should be to build one that does not require a lot of new road construction by Pa Dot, but one that utilizes the current limited access roads.
Alternative Four
Build the ramp originally proposed at 252 as well as a Corporate Center ramp and also look at the intersection of 401 and the Turnpike and 113 and the Turnpike. At 401 there is a natural flow from the Turnpike onto the parallel road. This would involve minimal cost to connect at least westbound. It looks like eastbound is equally as convenient. This would capture the traffic from the northwest part of Chester County that does not have access to the Downingtown interchange. It possibly could get some traffic off 401 east of the intersection that is a mess today. The more connections you have the more pressure you relieve. Limiting ramps to one location just shifts the problems to that area and does little to relieve the overall problem.

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