June 15, 2018
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Electronics Recycling & Shredding Event Tomorrow, Stoneleigh Update and More 


Just a reminder I am hosting an electronics recycling and paper shredding event tomorrow (Saturday, June 16) from 9 a.m. to noon at Montgomery County Community College in the central lot (enter from Cathcart Road and exit on Morris Road).

Electronics recycling will be provided by GigaBiter, LLC, with most items accepted for free. However, there is a $40 fee for recycling televisions. Paper shredding will be provided by Richter Mobile Shredding. The event is open to residents only, no businesses. Visit www.KateHarper.net for details. I hope to see you there!

Committee Endorses Bill to Protect Preserved Open Space Lands from Condemnation
The House Local Government Committee, which I chair, has approved legislation Reps. Warren Kampf, Marcy Toepel and I introduced to limit the use of eminent domain on land that has been set aside as green space or open space. The bill now goes to the full House for its consideration.

House Bill 2468 was introduced in response to recent efforts by the Lower Merion School District to use eminent domain to take land from the 42-acre Stoneleigh Garden and use it to construct a new middle school. Stoneleigh, a public garden, was a gift from the Haas Family to the Natural Lands Trust, to be preserved in perpetuity.

The bill would amend the Eminent Domain Code to add a new section requiring any government agency to obtain Orphans’ Court approval before using eminent domain to take permanently preserved land. The procedure is similar to that found in the Agricultural Area Security Law, which requires additional scrutiny before condemnation of agricultural lands. The Orphans’ Court is given authority in the Donated and Dedicated Property Act over certain transactions related to publicly owned lands held for public uses. Read more here.

Great News for Clean Energy, Conservation!
Recognizing that financial barriers can prevent the use of energy-efficient or clean energy technology, I was proud to introduce legislation establishing Pennsylvania’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. And I was pleased to support the Senate version of the bill, which was signed into law by the governor this week!

PACE is a financing mechanism that will enable low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades to commercial or industrial properties. The upfront capital is then paid back in the form of a voluntary property tax assessment on the specific, improved building. PACE can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps and insulation.

Local governments will be able to choose whether to develop or participate in a PACE program, but I believe those that do will find it not only benefits the environment but also helps small businesses save money on their electricity and water bills, and boosts the overall economy through the creation of new, good-paying, clean-energy jobs.

Capitol Corner

Attention seniors! The deadline to apply for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended through the end of the year. So if you're eligible and haven't already applied for your rebate, be sure to stop by the Blue Bell office – or any of our mobile offices (click here for the mobile office schedule) – for free assistance in filing the application. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is open to homeowners and renters age 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners (excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits). More information is available here
             
The week’s construction activity (weather permitting) is as follows:

Evans Road: Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are planned between Sumneytown Pike and Welsh Road in Lower Gwynedd Township Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree trimming operations.

Route 202 (DeKalb Pike): Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are planned between Germantown Pike and Township Line Road in East Norriton Township Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree trimming operations.

A lane closure is planned between Germantown Pike and Adams Avenue in East Norriton Township Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for test hole excavation.

Blue Route: Day
Watch for a moving operation with lane closures in both directions between Interstate 276 and County Line Road Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

A shoulder closure is planned between Interstates 76 and 95 in Lower Merion Township and West Conshohocken Borough Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ITS device testing.

Schuylkill Expressway: Day
Lane closures are planned between the Route 202 and City Avenue interchanges in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough Wednesday through Friday, June 20-22, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday into Sunday, June 22-24, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. for roadway and barrier concrete repairs.

Watch for a moving operation with lane closures in both directions between Interstate 276 and Route 1 (City Avenue) Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Schuylkill Expressway/Route 202 Interchange Work
Three Interstate 76/Route 202 Interchange ramps will be closed and detoured at night next week for pavement restoration in Upper Merion and Lower Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough. The work schedule is as follows:

Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.:
  • The I-76 East ramp to Route 202 North will be closed. Motorists will be directed to continue on I-76 East, exit at Gulph Mills and take South Gulph Road to Route 202 North.
  • The Route 202 North ramp to I-76 West will be closed. Motorists will be directed to continue on Route 202 North, make a right on South Gulph Road and follow signs for I-76 West.
  • The I-76 West ramp to Route 202 North will be closed. Motorists will be directed to continue on I-76 West, exit at Mall Boulevard and continue to North Gulph Road to access Route 202 North.
In the event of rain, the contractor work on Sunday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

In addition, single lane closures are scheduled next week on I-76 in both directions between the Route 202 and Route 1 (City Avenue) interchanges. The work schedule is Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.; and Sunday, June 24, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Route 422: Day
Watch for a moving operation with lane closures in both directions between Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Route 202 Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for litter and debris removal.

Lane restrictions are planned between Egypt Road and Pawlings Road in Upper Providence and Lower Providence townships Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday, June 22, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. for concrete patching.

The ramp from eastbound Route 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) in Upper Merion Township is closed through late summer for construction on a new fly-over ramp at the interchange. During construction, motorists will be directed to continue eastbound on Route 422, exit at First Avenue and make a left on Gulph Road to reach Route 23 (Valley Forge Road).

Route 100 (Pottstown Pike): Overnight
The road will be closed in both directions at the Farmington Avenue Interchange in Upper Pottsgrove Township Sunday through Thursday, June 17-21, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., for painting of the structure carrying Farmington Avenue over Route 100 (Pottstown Pike. During this operation, northbound and southbound Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) motorists will be directed to exit at Farmington Avenue and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramp at the interchange.

A moving operation with lane closures is planned between King Street and Route 422 in North Coventry Township and Pottstown Borough Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for spray patching.

The road will be closed in both directions and detoured between North State Road and Moyer Road in Upper Pottsgrove Township Sunday through Thursday, July 17-21, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge rehabilitation.

Route 29 (Gravel Pike): Day/Overnight
The road will be reduced to a single lane with flagging between Miller Road and Harrison Road Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for excavation and grading operations

Lane restrictions are scheduled between Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Ridge Pike/Main Street in Perkiomen Township and Collegeville Borough Sunday through Thursday, June 17-21, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for milling.

Route 29 (Collegeville Road): Day
Lane restrictions are planned at the intersection with Rivercrest Drive in Upper Providence Township Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. utility installation.

Greenwood Avenue: Day
A lane closure is planned between Meadowland Drive and College Avenue in Upper Providence Township through Friday, June 22, through Thursday, June 28, for utility installation. Work hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Matsonford Road: Day
Lane restrictions with flagging are planned between Hillside Avenue and Old Gulph/New Gulph Road in Lower Merion Township Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree trimming operations.

Lane restrictions are planned between Hillside Avenue and New Gulf Road in Lower Merion Township Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tree removal.                                  

Lafayette Street: Weekend
Lane restrictions are planned between Barbadoes Street and Ford Street in Norristown Monday through Saturday, June 18-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for road work.

Rock Hill Road: Overnight
Lane closures are planned between Belmont Avenue and Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for high-friction resurfacing operations.

Route 611 (Easton Road): Day
Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 18, on a project to rehabilitate the bridges over Pennypack Creek and over the Pennsylvania Turnpike ramps in Upper Moreland Township. Work on both structurally-deficient bridges will be performed concurrently to minimize the impact to traffic. On Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 9 p.m. Friday, June 22, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 25, motorists will encounter lane restrictions in both directions from just north of Home Depot Drive to Wyandotte Road for removal of concrete medians and placement of temporary pavement. Mainline bridge construction is scheduled to begin in early July and finish in early September.

Belmont Avenue: Day
Lane restrictions are planned between East Levering Mill Road and Rock Hill Road in Lower Merion Township starting Monday, June 18, for utility installation. Work hours are 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and the project is expected to conclude by July 27.

Spring Mill Road: Day
A lane closure is planned between Kyneton Road and Old Gulph Road in Lower Merion Township Thursday, June 21, to Thursday, June 28, for utility installation. Work hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Northeast Extension
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is continuing its total reconstruction and widening project, now focusing on the seven-mile section of the highway between Milepost A31 and A38 in Lower Salford, Franconia and Salford townships. The work area is situated between the Lansdale (Exit 31) and Quakertown (Exit 44) interchanges. Learn more about the project here.

Ongoing Traffic Restrictions
  • Balligomingo Road remains closed indefinitely between Route 23 (Front Street) and Portland Road in West Conshohocken for mud removal and slope stabilization. During this operation, Balligomingo Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 23 (Front Street/Schuylkill River Road) and Route 320 (Swedeland Road/Holstein Road). Local access will be maintained during the operation. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.
  • The West Valley Green Road Bridge remains closed while awaiting further repairs.
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) is reduced to a single lane between Miller Road and Harrison Road for excavation and grading operations. This is a 24-hour road restriction. Projected end date: June 22.
  • Route 263 (York Road) is closed and detoured between Route 29 (Gravel Pike) and Route 73 (Skippack Pike) for excavation, storm water piping and paving. Projected end date: June 30.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Main Street in Limerick Township between Railroad Street and Summerdale Drive weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: July 30.
  • Morwood Road is closed and detoured between Creamery Road and Camp Road in Franconia Township for culvert replacement. Projected end date: July 13.
  • Weekday lane restrictions are in place on Route 263 (York Road) between Route 611 (Easton Road) and Sunset Lane in Upper Moreland Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Projected end date: July 31.
  • Lane restrictions with flagging are in place on Main Street in Limerick Township between Railroad Street and Summerdale Lane weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main installation. Projected end date: late July.
  • Edgehill Road is closed and detoured between Jenkintown Road and Easton Road weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installation. Projected end date: July 31.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Pawlings Road at Station Avenue in Lower Providence Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for traffic signal, widening and paving work. Projected end date: Aug. 6.
  • North Lane is closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Butler Pike and Ridge Pike in Plymouth and Whitemarsh townships for water main replacement. During the weekday closure, North Lane motorists will be detoured over Butler Pike and Ridge Pike. Projected end date: Aug. 15.
  • Route 73 (Church Road) is closed weekdays between Haws Lane and Paper Mill Road in Springfield Township weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for water main replacement by Aqua Pennsylvania. During the weekday closures, traffic will be detoured over Paper Mill Road and Route 309. Projected end date: late August.
  • Route 422 is reduced to one lane in both directions between the Stowe and Route 100 interchanges in West Pottsgrove Township for bridge construction. Projected end date: September.
  • Lane closures are in place in both direction on Route 422 between the Sanatoga and Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) interchanges weekdays from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and weekends from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. for road and bridge construction. Projected end date: September.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on County Line Road, between East Kulp Road and Stump Road in Horsham and Montgomery townships from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for utility installation. Projected end date: September.
  • Seitz Road is closed and detoured between Meyers Road and Fox Heath Boulevard in Perkiomen Township for excavation, storm water piping and paving. This is a 24-hour road restriction. Projected end date: September.
  • Daytime and nighttime lane restrictions with flagging are planned on various sections of Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) in Upper Dublin Township for water main replacement. The work schedule is: Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following morning, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Twining Road and Jeffrey Drive; Mondays through Fridays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Fitzwatertown Road and Twining Road; and Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled between Susquehanna Road and Dreshertown Road. Projected end date: Oct. 4.
  • Temporary lane restrictions with flagging may occur on Route 73 (Skippack Pike) as needed between Route 202 (DeKalb Pike) and Longfield Drive in Whitpain Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for crew or equipment mobilization. Projected end date: October.
  • Township Line Road is reduced to a single lane of traffic between Sharon Lane and Oakwood Drive in Whitpain, Plymouth, East Norriton and Worcester townships for intersection widening and upgrades. Work hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and all traffic is being controlled by flagging. The work is expected to conclude in December.
  • Philmont Avenue is closed and detoured between Red Lion Road and Pine Road in Lower Moreland Township for bridge replacement. Projected end date: Dec. 31.
  • Wynnewood Road is closed and detoured near Shortridge Drive over the East Branch of Indian Creek in Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough for bridge replacement. Projected end date: Dec. 31.
  • The bridge carrying Old Forty Foot Road over Skippack Creek in Towamencin Township is closed for replacement with a new structure. During the bridge closure, Old Forty Foot Road motorists are directed to use Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike), Bustard Road and Route 73 (Skippack Pike).
  • Otts Road is closed and detoured between Miller Road and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) for a safety improvement project. Motorists will be detoured over Route 29 (Gravel Pike), Bridge Street, Wartman Road, Township Line Road, Seitz Road and Meyers Road. Projected end date: May 2019.
  • Route 422 is closed and detoured eastbound at the split with Benjamin Franklin Highway in West Pottsgrove, North Coventry and Douglass townships from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for resurfacing work. The ramp from Grosstown Road at the Stowe Interchange to Route 422 is closed, as is the ramp from westbound Route 422 to the Stowe Interchange. Project end date: October 2019.

           

For more information about area road projects, visit the “Road Construction and Transportation Links” section of my website or follow me on Facebook. You may also contact me directly at kharper@pahousegop.com or by calling the Blue Bell office at 610-277-3230.

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