$508 million worth of approved transportation projects in area

The list of projects approved by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission recently is long, represents hundreds of millions of dollars and is stretched over more than the next 10 years.

Below is a list with brief summaries of the locally significant projects.

Please note that “work beginning” dates may mean design and permitting work and not actual construction.

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CHESTER COUNTY

• Route 100 — Addition of turn lanes, sidewalks, intersection improvements and trail connections from Shoen Road to Gordon Drive in Uwchlan and West Whiteland townships. Work is slated to begin in fiscal year 2015 and the project is estimated at $4.6 million.

• Phoenixville Signals — Coordination and improvement of signals at 14 intersections in Phoenixville along Nutt Road, Schuylkill Road, Bridge Street, Starr Street, Gay Street, Kimberton Road, Township Line Road and Charlestown Road, among others. Work is set to begin in fiscal year 2015 and to cost $42,000.

• French Creek Parkway — First of a multi-phase project that is part of a master plan to aide the development of a 120-acre brownfield in Phoenxiville. This phase of the project, slated to begin in fiscal year 2015, includes a new road between Main Street and Taylor Alley and a new bridge over French Creek, along with new sidewalks and collector roads. Cost is estimated at $6.2 million.

• Schuylkill River Trail — Modify the bridge between Phoenixville and Mont Clare over the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill Canal to turn the current five-foot-wide sidewalk into a 10-foot-wide multi-use path to connect the Schuylkill River trail between Montgomery and Chester counties. Work on the project is expected to begin in fiscal year 2015 and is estimated to cost $1.3 million.

• Schuylkill River Trail — Construct 9.8 miles of additional Schuylkill River Trail from Township Line Road in East Pikeland to the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River into Pottstown and Lower Pottsgrove. Trail will use existing railroad, PECO and canal tow-path rights of way through East Pikeland, East Vincent, Spring City and East Coventry. Work is set to begin in fiscal year 2017 and to cost $8.4 million.

• Parker Ford — Safety improvements planned for the intersections of Route 724, Bethel Church Road and Linfield Road will include a new traffic signal and a modernized intersection. Work has not been scheduled, but a $185,000 grant for the project was awarded in 2013.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

• Route 422 — Re-surfacing of six miles of highway from Walnut Street to Pleasantview Road in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove. Work is set to begin in fiscal year 2017 and is estimated to cost nearly $19 million.

• Route 422 — New bridge over the Schuylkill River from Upper Merion to West Norriton that will carry eastbound traffic. Existing bridge will remain and carry westbound traffic. Project includes a new Route 23 bridge over Route 422. Work is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2016 and to cost nearly $146 million. Project is part of a larger plan what includes a new interchange with Route 363; a widening of 1.8 miles of Route 422 from the Route 363 interchange to the Route 202 interchange and a refurbishment of the old Betzwood Bridge into a bridge for bicycles and pedestrians only; as well as ...

• Route 422 — New alignment for intersection of Route 422, Route 23 and North Gulph Road to improve the entrance and operations at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Upper Merion. Work is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2016 and is estimated to cost $13.9 million.

• Ridge Pike Bridge — Work is set to begin in fiscal year 2020 on a new Ridge Pike bridge over Perkiomen Creek in Collegeville to ease congestion and load on the stone bridge there, which was built in 1791 and is Pennsylvania’s second oldest standing bridge. The project also includes major road re-alignments. The project is slated to continue through 2026 and to cost nearly $42 million.

• Arcola Road Bridge — Replacement of the Arcola Road Bridge over Perkiomen Creek in Upper Providence. Work is set to begin in fiscal year 2015 and $1.6 million has been budgeted.

• Skippack Pike Bridge — Re-build or replace the Skippack Pike (Route 23) bridge over Skippack Creek in Skippack. Work is set to begin in fiscal year 2015 and is estimated to cost $3.5 million.