WEST CHESTER (February 11, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that work has officially begun on a project to improve and realign the intersection of state Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike at the site of the former Red Rose Inn.
“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,” Dinniman said. “The new intersection will have a significant, positive impact on not just Penn Township, but southern Chester County.”
State and local officials, along with representatives from PennDOT, McMahon Associates, RoadCon and the Pennsylvania State Police gathered at the intersection this morning to mark the occasion with an official announcement.
Dinniman and State Rep. John 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.
The 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.
Under the project, the intersection will be improved and realigned 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.