Cross County Trail & 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 embarked on a major revitalization effort in 2014. This identified a number of improvement projects which are now in varying stages of completion, construction, planning and development. The Township also authorized creation of the Upper Dublin Township Municipal Authority in 2017 to continue advancement of these projects. 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 in June, 2017. The replacement of the culvert on Virginia Drive to the west (by Rush Gear) was completed July, 2017. The two structurally-deficient bridges were reconstructed at a total cost of approximately $6.2 Million with over $4.4 Million funded by PennDOT and $1.8 Million funded by the Township. The deteriorated metal arch culvert on Virginia Drive was completely replaced at a total cost of approximately $1.6 Million with $0.4 Million funded by the state and $1.2 Million funded by the Township.
The Virginia Drive detours were removed and the ‘No Turns’ restriction has returned to the Virginia Drive - Camp Hill Road intersection.
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 began in September 2017 and was completed in June 2018. Phases Two and Phase Three are fully funded and construction will begin in 2019 and should be completed in 2020. 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 2020 and 2021.
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 ended in June 2018. This section consists of Virginia Drive between the Rapp Run Culvert (west of Camp Hill Rd.) to 1100 Virginia Drive's Western Access Driveway. The road diet was constructed and the trail runs on the north side of Virginia Drive (opposite side of the road from the Turnpike). The project was constructed at a total cost of approximately $1.5 Million with $1.0 Million funded by PennDOT and $0.5 Million funded by the Township.
Phase Two: Cross County Trail along Virginia Drive
Phase two will construct the Cross County Trail along Virginia Drive from 1100 Virginia Drive to Susquehanna Road. No road diet is proposed for this section. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2019, with an approximate project duration of six months dependent upon weather.
Phase Three: “Zip Ramp”, Commerce Drive Road Diet and Trail Construction
Phase three 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 from Pennsylvania Avenue to the PA 309 overpass and will construct the next section of Cross County Trail. Groundbreaking is estimated for late Summer 2019, with an approximate project duration of 12 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 2020.