SR 0100, Section S35 – Pottstown Pike
Client: PennDOT, Engineering District 6-0
Location: Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County, PA
Type/Size: Highway and Intersection Design with Signals
Services: Highway Engineering
The purpose of this project was to provide relief from increasing traffic congestion in the Village of Eagle and incoming traffic from the nearby community of Byers. Residential and commercial development in the surrounding area, combined with the convenience of direct connections to the nearby major thoroughfares, has led to excessive traffic congestion during the peak rush hours.
The village is the closest community north of the Exit 23 Downingtown Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and forms a hub for the local roadway network. As part of the Department’s Safety and Mobility Initiative (SAMI) program, we developed the addition of traffic signals and construction of left turn lanes to separate the turning traffic from the through traffic. Preliminary engineering included a detailed evaluation of the traffic patterns for the three roadways that form a triangle within the village and funnel traffic to the southern destinations.
Our investigation determined that the use of jug-handles for turning movements on SR 0100 was impractical due to the additional right-of-way needs within the potentially historic area, and conflicts with planned commercial development. Careful consideration of the improvements and associated impacts was necessary, due to the project’s close proximity to historic structures. Coordination with local officials from Upper Uwchlan Township was also required to ensure that the proposed roadway modifications were compatible with planned and forecasted development.