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Transportation Management Association of Chester County

The U.S. Route 202, Section 300 reconstruction and widening project will not start mainline construction for at least two and a half years. The only way that this could change is if the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and PennDOT are convinced that moving work forward is of critical importance to the economy of Chester County, the five-county region and the Commonwealth.
PennDOT has placed its priority statewide on funding structurally deficient bridges. The reconstruction and widening portion of the Route 202 project had been previously removed from the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). It was expected that it would be restored in the FY 2009-2012 TIP, but the current plan is to defer construction funds until FY 2011 at the earliest. PennDOT has justified this by saying that the project is not ready to move forward. PennDOT needs to secure the permits and the right-of-way to allow for the expansion of the highway, but these have not been advanced more swiftly because of the funding situation. While the draft TIP states that construction will start in FY 2011, there are no guarantees. PennDOT is only committed to completing the overhead bridges and a new plan to resurface the existing roadway and add a center cable median barrier.
A public meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss the draft Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for FY 2009-2012 at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), 8th floor of the American College of Physicians Building at 190 N. Independence Mall West in Philadelphia. This is located at the southwest corner of 6th and Arch Streets, across from the National Constitution Center and near the Ben Franklin Bridge.
For those who cannot make it to the public meeting, DVRPC encourages the public to send in their written comments to the following:
    TIP Comments
    c/o DVRPC Public Affairs Office
    190 N. Independence Mall West
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215-592-1800
We encourage you to forward this e-mail to anyone who is concerned about the condition of the highway and want U.S. Route 202 improved. Please send in your comments to DVRPC!

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