Dreshertown Road Closure
A detour on Dreshertown Road will start on Monday, June 24th and will be in place for thirty (30) calendar days. As part of the land development process, the Township required the Promenade developer to address the substandard reverse curve on Dreshertown Road between St. Georges Road and Tuckerstown Road, where past fatalities have occurred. Improvements will be made to ensure the safety of the road and our residents.
The road improvement requires full pavement reconstruction and roadway widening to soften the curve horizontally and to improve the safety related to the vertical profile of the road. Due to the extent of required work, it is not possible to safely accommodate traffic while construction occurs. As a result, Dreshertown Road will be closed to through traffic heading south at Welsh Road, only allowing local access to St. Georges Road. Dreshertown Road will be closed at Limekiln Pike to through traffic heading north, only allowing local access to Tuckerstown Road.
Because this work is being done on a PennDOT State Route, the signed detour route reviewed and approved by PennDOT required that only State Routes be used (Welsh Road, Norristown Road and Limekiln Pike). The Township fully understands local roads will be heavily used as an unsigned detour and the inconvenience this will impose on residents.
The Township has met and will continue to actively coordinate with PennDOT, the contractor and the Promenade developer/engineer to mitigate the impact of the detour. The following steps are currently being and will continue to be taken:
- This page on the Township website has been created to keep residents updated on the status of the project.
- Social media, press releases and direct mailings will continue to be used to communicate the detour before it is implemented on June 24th and throughout the duration of the project to update residents on progress.
- Authorization from PennDOT has been obtained to adjust traffic signal timings at surrounding intersections to mitigate the increased traffic. The developer's engineer is on-call to make further adjustments within twenty-four (24) hours to traffic signals after the detour has been implemented.
- Coordination has included emergency services, which will continue to ensure emergency access is maintained and there is a presence in the local neighborhoods.
- Real-time traffic apps will be monitored, such as Waze, to ensure the detour is shown.
- Neighborhood roads will be monitored to minimize cut-through traffic. The Township is very aware that a percentage of drivers will be tempted to cut-through residential neighborhoods. For the safety of the families that are bearing the brunt of this detour, residents and travelers will be asked to not cut-through the residential streets. The Upper Dublin Police Department will be strictly enforcing the rules of the road.
- Monitor the construction progress. The Township has received a commitment that the contractor will work extended hours during the week and on Saturdays to hold the thirty (30) calendar day schedule. This commitment is dependent on weather; however, if there are opportunities to shorten the duration, the Township will actively assist.
The Dreshertown Road safety improvement has been a long-standing planned improvement. While it will require a thirty (30) day detour, the Township asks you to plan ahead, adjust your departure times, employ patience and understand that Township personnel will actively be working to minimize disruption to the residents.
Detour, per PennDOT:
Dreshertown Road motorists will be directed to use Route 152 (Limekiln Pike), Norristown Road and Route 63 (Welsh Road). Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur.