WEST CHESTER (April 24, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Rep. John Lawrence will be joined by PennDOT and Penn Township officials on Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the site of the former Red Rose Inn to kick off the project to improve and realign the intersection of state Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike.

“Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike is the intersection of Penn Township’s past and its future. There are historic properties like the Red Rose Inn and opportunities for future economic development and continued growth,” Dinniman said. “Today, we can begin bringing the intersection itself up to speed. The funds have been put together. We’ve reached an agreement with PennDOT. And we’re ready to begin work.”

“The Red Rose Inn intersection has been a major traffic bottleneck for a long time, and after years of planning, meetings, and working with local stakeholders, we are finally ready to move forward with major improvements,” said Lawrence.  “The intersection will be completely redesigned, with proper alignment and four left turn lanes to keep traffic moving.”

Dinniman and Lawrence 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. They have also partnered with Penn Township Supervisor Chairman Curtis Mason who has long supported the vision of realigning the intersection to promote both traffic safety and economic development.

“This project is a prime example of the power of bipartisanship, effort, and dedication by our state senator and state legislator, our board of supervisors, and PennDOT to promote the health, safety, welfare, and economic growth of our community at large. On behalf of our citizens, we extend our sincere thanks to those who have brought this project to fruition despite great odds. The improvement of this intersection will have a positive and dramatic impact on not just Penn Township, but southern Chester County,” Mason said.

Penn Township and PennDOT will improve and realign the intersection to add additional turning lanes. The township purchased the site of the Inn and modified the non-historic addition on the northwestern corner to make way for the realignment of Route 796. The project aims to improve traffic flow and safety, as vehicles can currently back up all the way to the U.S. Route 1 southbound off-ramp, especially during peak hours.

In addition, the improved intersection will stimulate the economy by allowing easier access to local businesses and open up access to additional nearby sites for potential commercial development.

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