Some relief could be in the works for drivers on a busy stretch of West Chester Pike in Delaware County. The developer of Ellis Preserve received a $2 million grant to widen a stretch of Route 3 near the mixed-use community in Newtown Square.
The funds were provided by the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development. They will be used to improve the intersection of Route 3 and Route 252, where Ellis Preserve is located, as well as expand Route 3 to three lanes in both directions from SAP Drive to Rhodes Avenue. These improvements aim to reduce traffic congestion.
The state operates a program that dedicates funds for transportation infrastructure improvements and is administered by DCED and PennDOT and these funds came from that pool of money. No time frame was given for when the Route 3 improvements will be completed.
Overall, it will be a welcome improvement to residents and commuters in the area, especially once Whole Foods opens its doors in the 218-acre development this winter.
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Sources: Philadelphia Biz Journal, KWY Newsradio