Intersection of Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike in Jennersville

Heavy equipment begins work to improve the intersection of Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike in Jennersville Thursday.

JENNERSVILLE—It will soon be a lot easier to travel through the intersection of Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike in Jennersville.

Work began this week to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection. The $2.6 million project will see additional turning lanes and the road will be realigned for greater visibility.

“This project has been a long time coming but we’re finally here and we did it by working together for the good and economic well-being of the community, not to mention the safety of the many motorists and commuters who use this vital thoroughfare each day,” said state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-19, who was instrumental is helping to secure funding for the project. “The new intersection will have a significant, positive impact on not just Penn Township, but southern Chester County.”

Dinniman and state Rep. John Lawrence, R-13, have worked together in the spirit of bipartisanship to secure $275,000 in state funding to improve the intersection, which has become a bottleneck that is inhibiting economic growth in the area. The intersection sits at the site of the former Red Rose Inn.

“It’s very rewarding to see work underway at the intersection because of what it means for the community and how it was accomplished,” Dinniman said. “The bottleneck at this intersection had caused safety concerns, stifled traffic flow, and hindered nearby economic development opportunities for some time. The intersection is a major gateway to southern Chester County and its improvement, widening, and realignment will greatly benefit the health, safety, welfare, and economic growth of the Jennersville and the surrounding region.”

Penn Township purchased the site of the former Red Rose Inn and modified the non-historic addition on the northwestern corner to make way for the realignment of Route 796. In addition, the improved intersection aims to stimulate the economy by allowing easier access to the shops at Jenner’s Village and will open up access to additional nearby sites for potential development. That also includes the potential for a new community center planned for the vacant lot behind the inn.

The project is partially funded by PennDOT and a Commonwealth Financing Authority Multi-Modal grant. Penn Township is paying roughly $1.25 million of the total project cost.

The scope of the project includes:

• 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.

“The project is a testament to the success of state and local officials working together and across party lines for the good of the community,” said Dinniman. “State Rep. John Lawrence and I have worked along with Penn Township Supervisor Chairman Curtis Mason to get this project done and we’re thrilled to see it happening.”

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