Red Rose

Local lawmakers and municipal officials break ground earlier for the Red Rose intersection project in Jennersville.

WEST GROVE—PennDOT has issued the Highway Occupancy Permit which clears the way for the bidding and construction of the intersection project slated for Route 796 and W. Baltimore Pike in Jennersville at the township-owned Red Rose Inn.

The issuance of the permit represents the clearing of the final administrative hurdle for the $2.4 million intersection project. McMahon Associates, the township’s project manager and design and construction engineer for the intersection, is now free to solicit bids on behalf of the township for the project’s construction which is expected to take place in 2019. They expect to award the bid in November of this year.

“The Red Rose intersection at Old Baltimore Pike and 796 is a bottleneck that has needed attention for years,” said State Representative John Lawrence. “I’ve been working closely with Penn Township, PennDOT, Senator Dinniman, and community stakeholders for over three years to move this project forward. Together, we have brought in $1 million in state funding to make this project a reality. This PennDOT permit brings us one step closer to breaking ground next Spring.”

The Supervisors’ intent has been to redesign the intersection in a way that increases the vehicular capacity and improves traffic operations. The project will be partially funded by PennDOT and a Commonwealth Financing Authority Multi-Modal grant. The remaining funds will be paid by Penn Township, though the township adopted a traffic impact fee last May which will help to recoup the township’s expenditures over time.

“It’s been a long process, but well worth it, as we believe the design of this intersection will improve its functionality and make passage through our town center both safer and swifter. We are grateful for the efforts of State Senator Andy Dinniman and State Representative John Lawrence who went above and beyond to make this happen to improve the health, safety and welfare of our community,” said Penn Supervisors Chair Curtis Mason, Sr.

Several build options were evaluated, and ultimately the alternative selected provides the most overall benefit to the intersection with the least amount of impact to surrounding properties and can be constructed with the available funding. Through this evaluation the following improvements are proposed:

• Improve the alignment of the northern and southern legs of SR 0796 within the tight constraints of the Red Rose Inn & the building on the southeast intersection corner.

• Widen southbound SR 0796 to provide a separate 80-foot-left-turn lane with a continuous 450-foot center left-turn-lane through lane, and a separate 300-foot southbound right-turn-lane. Provide turning radius improvements at both northeast and northwest intersection corners

• Restripe northbound SR 0796 to provide a separate 150-foot left-turn lane with a continuous center-left-turn-lane to The Shops at Jenner’s Village Access and provide turning radius improvements at the southwest intersection corner.

• Restripe westbound SR 3026 to provide a 100’ left-turn lane the intersection and a 300’ continuous center left-turn lane to serve the driveways on the south side of Old Baltimore Pike.

• Install a new traffic signal at the intersection with updated signal phasing.

• Resurface both roadways within the vicinity of the intersection.

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