Fort Washington Office Park Infrastructure Improvement Program

Fort Washington Office Park Infrastructure Improvement Program

Upper Dublin Township values the important commitment that our businesses and property owners have made to locate here. Due to the Fort Washington Office Park’s aging infrastructure, the Township has embarked on a major revitalization effort, with a number of improvement projects now in varying stages of completion, construction, planning and development. Here is an update on the initiative.

Virginia Drive Bridges and Culvert Construction Complete

The Virginia Drive Pine Run Bridges Reconstruction project and Rapp Run Culvert Replacement project are part of Upper Dublin Township’s ongoing program of infrastructure improvement in the Fort Washington Office Park. The two bridges on Virginia Drive were completed on time by Friday, June 30, 2017.  The replacement of the culvert on Virginia Drive to the west (by Rush Gear) was completed the following Friday, July 7, 2017. The two structurally-deficient bridges and the deteriorated metal arch culvert on Virginia Drive were completely replaced during this year long project.

The Virginia Drive detours have been removed. The ‘No Turns’ restriction has returned to the Virginia Drive - Camp Hill Road intersection. A Four Way Stop Condition has been temporarily implemented due to the next construction project which started in September.

Zip Ramp, Road Diet and Cross-County Trail Construction Projects (Four Phases)

All roadways will remain open to vehicular traffic during the remainder of this improvement program.

Phase One: the Virginia Drive roadway redesign (Road Diet) and Cross-County Trail construction project has begun in September 2017. Phase Two and Phase Three are fully funded and will be constructed in 2018 and 2019. Phase Four (final phase) along Delaware Drive has received funding commitments, with additional grants being sought to reduce the local funding obligation. Construction is estimated for 2019 and 2020.

Roadway Redesign

To improve public safety, a “road diet” will be created along sections of Commerce Drive, Delaware Drive and Virginia Drive. The roadway will be narrowed from four traffic lanes to three, with one travel lane in each direction and a common center turn lane. Stormwater drainage and roadway pavement conditions will continue to be improved.

Cross County Trail

This 2.5 mile paved multi-use trail will run parallel to Commerce, Delaware and Virginia Drives, and connect the Fort Washington Office Park from Susquehanna Road to the Fort Washington SEPTA train station at Pennsylvania Ave. The trail will be designated as the regional Cross County Trail. Eventually it will connect with other sections of the regional trail network to the west where significant sections have either been constructed or are now funded for construction.

Phase One of construction began in September 2017 and will end in May 2018. This section consists of Virginia Drive between the Rapp Run Culvert (west of Camp Hill Rd.) to 1100 Virginia Drive's western access. The road diet will be constructed and the trail will run on the north side of Virginia Drive (opposite side of the road from the Turnpike).

Phase Two: “Zip Ramp”, Commerce Drive Road Diet and Trail Construction
Phase Two will provide enhanced access from the PA Turnpike. This quick entrance (in only), located directly after the PA Turnpike Fort Washington toll plaza, will connect with Commerce Drive, between Palace of Asia/Best Western Hotel and TruMark Financial Credit Union. A new signalized intersection will be installed at the existing 90 degree turn. The project will also construct the road diet along a section of Commerce Drive and the next section of Cross County Trail. Groundbreaking is projected for late spring 2018, with an approximate project duration of 12 months.

Phase Three: Cross County Trail along Virginia Drive
Phase three will construct the Cross County Trail along Virginia Drive from 1100 Virginia Drive to the park entrance at Susquehanna Road. No road diet is proposed for this section. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2018, with an approximate project duration of six months.

Phase 4: Road Diet and Trail Construction along Delaware and Virginia Drive
Phase 4 will complete the 2.5 mile Cross County Trail and associated roadway improvements. Construction is projected to begin in 2019.

 

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