Regional planners OK $3.8B for transportation projects

Posted: June 29, 2012

A regional planning panel on Thursday approved $3.8 billion in funding for 385 transportation projects in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs over the next four years.

The highway and transit projects include continuing work on the long-awaited connection between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and SEPTA's new "smart card" fare system.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission adopted its "transportation improvement program" for fiscal years 2013-16, establishing a blueprint for projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

A similar plan for area New Jersey counties - Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer - will be produced next year.

The DVRPC list includes all transportation projects that intend to use federal funds, along with all state-funded projects.

Among the major projects:

Bucks County: Pennsylvania Turnpike/I-95 interchange, Phase 1. $424 million.

Chester County: U.S. 202, Exton Bypass to Route 29. $77 million.

Delaware County: U.S. 322, environmental mitigation for widening. $21 million.

Montgomery County: Lafayette Street extension and reconstruction. $8.6 million.

Philadelphia: I-95 reconstruction. $536 million.


Contact Paul Nussbaum at 215-854-4587 or pnussbaum@phillynews.com.

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