The Township is continuously looking for ways to improve the transportation network and stormwater infrastructure within the Township. With more than 200 miles of roadway, the Township prioritizes streets each year to be resurfaced or examined for pedestrian, bicyclist, storm-water and/or safety improvements. In 2018, the Township established a construction services division within the Engineering and Code Department to expedite Township maintenance on local roadways, while cutting cost.
Many major roadways within Abington are PennDOT owned or needs exceed the financial and technical capacity of the Township. Subsequently, the Township has partnered with Montgomery County, PennDOT and federal entities for support with major projects. Such partnerships have resulted in the securing of grant funding and needed resources to move critical improvement projects forward such as the one listed below.
Local Improvement Projects
Update and Summary of Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary Projects from the Abington Township Shade Tree Commission
Stewardship of the Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary is a top priority for the Abington Township Shade Tree Commission. This 81-acre tract of land was obtained by the township in 1996 utilizing Montgomery County open space money to fund 90% of the purchase. Throughout the property there are wetlands, water bodies and steep slopes. Over 85% is woodlands. In addition, the township has made significant investment to upgrade the regional storm water management system.
The STC, in partnership with township staff, and with assistance from DCNR, PA Forest Stewards, the PA Game Commission, the Western PA Conservancy, and the PA Reptile and Amphibian and Reptile Survey, created a master stewardship plan in 2015 to guide implementation of the township land management plan created in 2008. Details can be found at: https://www.abington.org/government/shade-tree-commission/ardsley-wildlife-sanctuary. Two major projects are now in the construction phase, in fulfilment of this stewardship plan.
Maple Avenue Entrance: Accessible Nature Trail and Forest Restoration
Funded by a PA C2P2 grant, Land Concepts created a professional design to enhance public enjoyment and appreciation of the natural environment in the vicinity of the main entrance off of Maple Avenue. Public input was gathered through focus groups held in 2016-2017. This design respects previously-installed storm water management berms. Project goals are accessibility, forest restoration and ongoing stewardship. The construction project was publicly bid, and the contract was awarded to Think Green. Key project milestones include:
- Removal of construction debris and clearing of invasive vines and dead trees in the area to be reforested (completed)
- Installation of an ADA-accessible walking path that provides a firm and stable surface to explore and view a range of habitat including new and establish woodlands, vernal pools and a meadow.The trail will be crusher stone on the flat portions, and paved surface on the slopes, to protect against forces of erosion.Rough grading took place this week; paving is to begin next week, followed by final grading and seeding.
- Installation of a deer exclusion fence surrounding the area to be reforested.This is necessary to protect newly planted trees and shrubs from deer browse and rubbing until they are established. Installation is to begin next week.
- Reforestation planting includes 12 mature trees, 140 shrubs, and 70 whips that will mature into canopy trees and 70 into understory trees.Planting will be done by a mix of Think Green, STC and volunteers throughout the 2019 planting season.
- Habitat enhancement includes invasive plants in the vicinity of the trail, and seeding with Deer Resistance meadow mix.Clearing took place this week and seeding will follow shortly.
- Benches and interpretive signage are to be placed during 2019.We are accepting memorial donations to help us fund these features.
- Accessible Parking- two sites will be created just inside the AWS property for the sole use of motorists with handicap parking designation.Construction will be scheduled in coordination with township road construction projects.
Stormwater Drainage through AWS (Edgehill/Tyson Reconstruction Project)
The Edgehill Tyson Reconstruction Project includes storm water conveyance through the Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary and the Ardsley Burial Park. Township staff and the STC continue to work closely with design and construction contractors to ensure that storm water is conveyed in a manner that preserves and enhances the woodlands. As you walk through the sanctuary, you can now see the footprints for three drainage alignments associated with this project:
- Enlarged basin near East Drive- the design features a larger retaining basin to capture and slow flows, while retaining mature woodlands between the basin and the railroad tracks.
- Pools and riffles- this new drainage feature between East and West Drives utilizes a Best Management Practice (BMP) featuring a series of rock-lined pools and riffles that will slow and distribute storm water flows through a wooded area within the AWS.The STC, township staff and contractors surveyed large trees within this wooded area, and selected a drainage alignment that minimized tree removal and relies on natural land contours.
- Level spreader -storm water that is captured and channeled through pipes underneath roadways within Ardsley Burial Park will be day lighted just beyond West Drive, through a 150-foot-long level spreader, which will allow overflow into a low lying area that flows to the creek.This feature lies entirely within the Ardsley Burial Park.
Forest restoration and habitat enhancement will follow in 2019. The pools and riffles drainage area is to be replanted with shade trees, shrubs and seed mixes that are deer resistant. Once the rocks are placed and the landscape established, we envision this area to mimic the look of a dry streambed, which turns into a flowing stream during significant rainfall events. The location within a wooded area will enhance infiltration of rainwater into the ground.
The Township has been awarded a Growing Greener Grant to construct five (5) Best Management Practice Control Measures to comply with the Wissahickon TMDL reduction requirements. The proposed projects were identified and developed by the Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities per the direction of the William Penn Foundation. The Center coordinated with the Township to define and prioritize projects that would be supported by the community and be ready for implementation including a rain garden, riparian buffer restoration/plantings, a bioretention/infiltration trench, infiltration berms and retentive grading. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-October and be completed by the end of 2019.
2019/2020 Paving List
- Abington Avenue - Keswick Avenue to Pleasant Avenue
- Ardsley Avenue - Edge Hill to Roberts Road
- Arnold Avenue -Woodland Road to Patane Avenue
- Baeder Road - 602 Baeder Road to Winding Road
- Bar Harbor Road - Jenkintown Road to Indian Creek Road
- Beaver Hollow Road - Jenkintown Road to Indian Creek Road
- Berkley Avenue - Gibson Avenue to Huntingdon Pike
- Briarwood Road - Jenkintown Road to Harvey Road
- Cadwalder Avenue - Douglas Avenue to Jenkintown Road
- Cardinal Road - Township Line Road to Squirrel Road
- Castlewood Road - Easton Road to Pleasant Avenue
- Charles Street - Easton Road to Hillcrest Avenue
- Church Road - Township Line to Chandler Avenue
- Cottage Road - Pleasant Avenue to Charles Street
- Crescent Avenue - Abington Avenue to Fortune Road
- Cross Road - Hillcrest Road to Garden Road
- Devon Road - Crosswicks Road to Upsal Road
- Douglas Avenue - Forrest Avenue to Osceola Avenue
- East Avenue - Patton Road to Woodland Road
- Edgely Avenue - Parkdale Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue
- Edwards Road - Woodland Road to Rothley Avenue
- Evergreen Road - Wellington Road to Jenkintown Road
- Fairfield Road - Pleasant Avenue to Easton Road
- Fairview Avenue - Washington Avenue to Hamilton Avenue
- Fern Road - Cross Road to Charles Street
- Fox Chase Road - Meetinghouse Road to Pond View Drive
- Garden Road - Cross Road to Charles Street
- Gibson Avenue - Los Angeles Avenue to Shady Lane
- Glen Road - 763 Glen Road to Winding Road
- Glenwood Avenue - Edgely Avenue to Dead End
- Hamel Avenue - Jenkintown Road to Spruce Avenue
- Harvey Road - Briarwood Road to Briarwood Road
- High Avenue - Old Welsh Road to Lamott Avenue
- High Avenue - Woodland Road to Patane Avenue
- Hillcrest Avenue - Abington Avenue to Charles Street
- Indian Creek Road - Forrest Avenue to Dead End
- Kelly Lane - Tague Avenue to Pleasant Avenue
- Lamott Avenue - Reservoir Avenue to High Avenue
- Longstreth Avenue - Montgomery Avenue to Old Huntingdon Pike
- Los Angeles Avenue - Gibson Avenue to Montgomery Avenue
- Meetinghouse Road - Jenkintown Road to Fairacres Road
- Montgomery Avenue - Huntingdon Pike to Kirkwood Avenue
- Noble Road - Rydal Road to Washington Lane
- North Hills Avenue - Spruce Avenue to Limekiln Pike
- Old Huntingdon Pike
- Osceola Avenue - Douglas Avenue to Jenkintown Road
- Park Avenue - Old Welsh Road to Hamilton Avenue
- Parkdale Avenue - Abington Avenue to Wharton Road
- Parkview Avenue - Fairview Avenue to Easton Road
- Pasadena Avenue - Los Angeles Avenue to Huntingdon Pike
- Patane Avenue - Easton Road to Reservoir Avenue
- Patton Road - East Avenue to Rothley Avenue
- Pepper Road - Noble Road to Washington Lane
- Phipps Avenue - Coolidge Avenue to Redwood Avenue
- Pleasant Avenue - Easton Road to Crescent Avenue
- Pleasant Avenue - Kelly Lane to Easton Road
- Prospect Avenue - Old Welsh Road to Washington Avenue
- Redwood Avenue - Phipps Avenue to Lamott Avenue
- Reservoir Avenue - Woodland Road to Patane Avenue
- Roll Avenue - Fairfield Road to Castlewood Road
- Romig Road - East Avenue to Rothley Avenue
- Roslyn Avenue -Ardsley Avenue to Edgecomb Avenue
- Rothley Avenue - Woodland Road to Patton Road
- San Diego Avenue - Los Angeles Avenue to Huntingdon Pike
- San Gabriel Avenue - Los Angeles Avenue to Huntingdon Pike
- Shelmire Street - Church Road to Zane Avenue
- Sparrow Road - Woodpecker Road to Cardinal Road
- Squirrel Road - Cardinal Road to Fisher Road
- Sunset Avenue - Meetinghouse Road to Wellington Terrace
- Tague Avenue - Kelly Lane to Easton Road
- Tennis Avenue - Mt. Carmel Avenue to Spruce Avenue
- Trieble Road - East Avenue to Rothley Avenue
- Tulpehocken Avenue - Douglas Avenue to Jenkintown Road
- Warner Road - Moredon Road to Dead End
- Washington Avenue - Clearview Avenue to Fairview Avenue
- Wellington Road - Forrest Avenue to Wellington Terrace
- Wellington Terrace - Wellington Road to Jenkintown Road
- Wharton Road -Abington Avenue to Donaldson Avenue
- Winding Road - Baeder Road to Wooded Road
- Wisteria Avenue - Garden Road to Fern Road
- Wooded Road - 777 Wooded Road to Winding Road
- Woodland Road - Rothley Avenue to East Avenue
- Woodlawn Avenue - Kenmore Avenue to Dead End
- Woodpecker Road - Sparrow Road to Cul-de-sac
- Woodpecker Road Cul-de-sac
- Zane Avenue - Shelmire Street to Dead End
Major Improvement Projects
The Abington-Jenkintown Connections project is a pedestrian and stormwater improvement project that seeks to improve connectivity and stormwater management along Washington Lane, Jenkintown Road, Greenwood Avenue and Meetinghouse Road. The Abington Township Board of Commissioners began the planning and application of grants related to the Abington-Jenkintown Connections project in August 2017. This project is being completed in collaboration with Jenkintown Borough and will benefit all road users.
Key project goals include:
- Increased sidewalk connectivity
- Improved transit stop accessibility
- Improved pedestrian safety
- Provide stormwater facilities
- Increase intersection safety and operation along Greenwood Avenue, Meetinghouse Road and Jenkintown Road
This project is being funded through multiple sources DCED Multi-modal Transportation Fund, PennDOT Green Light Go Grant, DVRPC Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Funds, Montgomery County Transportation Program Grant, and Abington Township Public Works.
The TAP Trail will be the first phase of the bicycle plan, a 3.26 mile stretch that will connect Ardsley and Cresmont SEPTA train stations, 5 parks, 1 school, 1 church and dense residential neighborhoods. To view a map of the proposed project, click here.
The Board of Commissioners approved and adopted the Master Bicycle Plan for the Township prepared by Simone-Collins Landscape Architects in 2016. In April of 2017, Abington Township was awarded $90,000 from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and $450,000.00 in federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for the the Township's Trail Project.
The grant awarded from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for $90,000.00. The grant will support the design and engineering expenses to implement phase one of the bicycle plan. There is not a matching obligation to the Township. The Board of Commissioners approved the proposal for Professional Services from the team of Simone Collins Landscape Architecture to prepare the construction documents through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant for the Abington Trail Project at a cost not to exceed $65,348.00.
The TAP funding will be used for construction costs for phase one of the bicycle plan. The grant award from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will serve as the matching requirement for the TAP grant. Therefore , there is not a township match.
Updates will be provided as they are available. Information regarding the Master Bicycle Plan and links to download Part 1 and Part 2 can be found here.
Figure 1: Proposed Project Trail Map
The Easton Road Traffic Signal System project includes nine (9) intersections along Easton Road and will expand the current system along Susquehanna Road (click here to view a map). The intersections will be interconnected with a combination of fiber optic cable and spread spectrum radio and will be connected to the PennDOT Traffic Management Center. Additionally, minor traffic signal improvements at the intersections are included in the project, including traffic signal controller upgrades, battery back-up, video detection, and pedestrian signal upgrades.This project was awarded to Kuharchik Construction for $881,619.20.
Preliminary work is expected to begin in late February 2020. Lane closures will be permitted from 9 AM to 3 PM during weekdays.
Map provided by McMahon Associates
PROJECT STATUS: Ongoing
CONSTRUCTION START DATE: Fall 2018
ANTICIPATED CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Spring 2021
TOTAL COST: $20,758,750
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: C. Abbonizio Contractors, Inc.
Project Purpose and Need
The purpose of this project is to provide for the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians, provide designated parking areas on Edge Hill Road and Tyson Avenue between Easton Road and Jenkintown Road, and alleviate existing flooding and erosion problems in the project area.
This project involves the reconstruction of Edge Hill Road and Tyson Avenue from the intersection of Jenkintown Road to the intersection of Easton Road in Abington Township, Montgomery County, PA. The approximate construction length of this project is 5,008 feet along Edge Hill Road, and 5,705 feet along Tyson Avenue.
Edge Hill Road will become a one-way roadway as part of this project. Edge Hill Road will carry eastbound traffic from Jenkintown Road to Bradfield Road. Edge Hill Road will remain two-way from Bradfield Road to Easton Road. Tyson Avenue, Ardsley Avenue, Edgecomb Road, Custer Avenue, and Bradfield Road will remain two-way roadways. Another improvement includes the installation of a northbound left-turn lane along northbound Jenkintown Road onto Tyson Avenue. Modifications to the existing signal will be required at this location, along with changes to the existing railroad pre-emption. Additionally, the traffic signal at the intersection of Edge Hill Road and Easton Road will also be replaced.
Also included are drainage improvements along the cross-streets and at existing drainage outfalls into the cemetery located to the northwest of the SEPTA tracks. The drainage improvements along the side streets require the reconstruction of the following Township roads: Ardsley Avenue, Edgecomb Road, and Custer Avenue. Each street will remain a Township facility and will be designed in accordance with the Township Code.
The project ground breaking was held on November 1, 2018 and the project is expected to be completed in late spring of 2021. C. Abbonizio Contractors, Inc. is the general contractor on the project.
This projects includes improvements to the existing signalized intersection of Fitzwatertown Road and Woodland Road/North Hills Avenue with a full modernization of the intersection's signal equipment, including updated detection, pedestrian push buttons and ADA curb ramps. The project is in the construction phase with projected completion by the end of the fall 2020.
This project cost is $447,720 and is being funded through a 2016 Green Light Go Grant in the amount of $373,100 and $74,620 Township in-kind services.
This project includes traffic signal upgrades and intersection improvements at Mt. Carmel Avenue and North Hills Avenue. The signal upgrades will include new mast arms installed on new foundations, signal heads, signs, emergency pre-emption detection, luminaries, controller assembly, electrical service, wiring and concrete curb ramps.
A 2015 ARLE Grant was awarded in the amount of $264,400.00 for the project and accepted on 9/15/2016. The total project cost is $314,400 including a 20% Township match of cash and in-kind services. Engineering Design was completed in December 2018 and the project was put out to bid in January 2019. The bid opening was February 5th, 2019 and this project was approved by the Board of Commissioners on February 14, 2019 and awarded to the lowest responsible bidder Kuharchik Construction Inc.
This project is now in the construction phase with construction started on June 10, 2019, completion of the project has been delayed due to a back log by PennDOT's mast arm vendor. Completion is expected winter 2019.
Beginning in 2015, the Township has actively sought grants to improve the intersection of the Old York Road and Susquehanna Road in Abington Township.
The project will address the demolition, alignment and reconstruction of the intersection of Old York Road and Susquehanna Road, enhance traffic flow, and provide better access in turning onto Old York Road. Grant funds will be used to create a more walkable town center, safer roadways and a hub that will connect residents to bike lanes and mass transit, as well as cultural, education and commercial districts. This effort is on-going and this page will be updated as relevant information is available.
Resolution #15-025 was approved by the Board of Commissioners on July 9, 2015 to submit an application to the Department of Community & Economic Development for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. The Board of Commissioners voted to accept the DCED grant award on November 10, 2016. Since then the township, through the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority, has purchased 1100, 1102, 1104, and 1106 Old York Road.
Resolution #15-040 was approved by the Board of Commissioners on November 12, 2015 to submit an application to PennDOT for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. The Board of Commissioners voted to accept the PennDOT grant award on November 10, 2016.
Resolution No. 16-025 was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on August 11, 2016 approving Abington Township to submit an application to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. On November 10, 2016, a motion was approved to accept the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) in the amount of $812,486.00 to support the Old York Road/Susquehanna Road project and a motion was approved to accept the MTF grant from PennDOT in the amount of $588,153 for improvements to the intersection of Old York Road/Susquehanna Road.
This is a joint municipality project involving Upper Dublin Township as the lead, along with Horsham Township and Abington Township for the installation of a 72 strand fiber optic cable as well as Ethernet Switches and Software Integration along PA 63, Welsh Road and West Moreland Road for up to a fixed amount of $800,000.00 between PA 309 and PA 611 and connects up to 25 traffic signals as well as traffic signal upgrades and improvements to the 22 intersections owned and maintained by Horsham, Upper Dublin and Abington Townships within the corridor. The total project cost is $2.2 million and Abington Township has committed to up to $75,000.00 for the township's local match portion.
The Welsh Road/West Moreland Road (PA 63) Corridor is heavily traveled and highly congested through these three municipalities. With an approximate average annual daily traffic of 25,000 vehicles, it experiences substantial delays in the morning, afternoon and Saturday peaks. PennDOT has designated PA 63 a Super Critical Traffic Signal Corridor which needs to have its systems updated and connected to the Traffic Management Center. Installation of upgraded controllers and traffic adaptive systems at the majority of intersections will increase traffic operations and mobility along the corridor. The traffic adaptive system will be analyzed further during the design phase to ensure a measured benefit will be realized at each of the intersections where it is proposed. When properly installed with an emphasis on accurate vehicle detection, these systems have proven to provide reductions in delay between 10% and 30%.
" The Long-Range Plan creates a vision for the region's growth, development, and preservation, and is a blueprint for the prioritization and funding of capital transportation investments. Realizing the integrated and interconnected relationship between transportation and the built environment, the Long-Range Plan also considers regional land use, the environment, economic development, and equity.
DVRPC uses a performance-based approach to long-range planning to ensure efficient use of assets - from natural resources to public funding. The Plan is updated by identifying trends and forces shaping the region; working with the public and stakeholders to develop a collective vision for the region; and recommending strategies to help achieve the vision. Implementing the Plan is an ongoing effort carried out through the Commission’s activities, as identified in the Annual Work Program, and by planning partners, member governments, stakeholder agencies, and individuals taking action (DVRPC, 2019)."
"The TIP is the regionally agreed-upon list of priority transportation projects, as required by federal law (ISTEA, TEA-21, SAFETEA LU, MAP-21, and the FAST Act). The TIP document must list all projects that intend to use federal funds, along with all non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant. We also include all other State funded capital projects. The projects are multi-modal; that is, they include bicycle, pedestrian, ITS, and freight related projects, as well as the more traditional highway and public transit projects (DVRPC, 2019)."
Montgomery County Roads and Bridges Department's is responsible for maintaining over 133 bridges and 75 miles of roadway in Abington.
Easton Road is the only County Road in Abington Township.
PennDOT District 6 is responsible for maintaining state roads within Buck, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties accounting for 3,553 miles of road way and 2,760 bridges.
State roads in Abington include the following areas:
|SR||Local Street Name||Description|
|611||Old York Road||Township Line Road to Moreland Road|
|63||Moreland Road||Edge Hill Road to Kimball Avenue|
|232||Huntingdon Pike||Shady Lane to Moreland Road|
|152||Limekiln Pike||Mt. Carmel Avenue to Chelsea Avenue|
|73||Township Line Road||Hasbrook Avenue to Washington Lane|
|2027||Mt. Carmel Avenue||Roberts Avenue to Chelsea Avenue|
|2038||Fitzwatertown Road||Anzac Avenue to Moreland Road|
|2029||Welsh Road||Fitzwatertown Road to Papermill Road|
|2017||Susquehanna Road||Huntingdon Pike to Fitzwatertown Road|
|2034||Edge Hill Road||Jenkintown Road to Moreland Road|
|2058||Cedar Road||Rockledge Avenue to Second Street Pike|
|2021||Jenkintown Road||Township Line Road to Washington Lane|
|2021||Jenkintown Road||Walnut Street Bridge to North Hills Avenue|
|2036||Tyson Avenue||Edge Hill Road to Horace Avenue|