March 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM
The deed transfers of two homes on West Broad Street in Franconia Township to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are what has brought the notion of a four-way signalized intersection at Godshall/Lower and Cowpath roads and West Broad Street in the township to a reality.
PennDOT looks to break ground on the $4 million project March 10. The project has a completion date of November 2014.
According to PennDOT, the project will have two 11-foot travel lanes and four-foot shoulders. Turn lanes will be constructed at the intersection. Sidewalks will be installed and connect to existing sidewalk on West Broad Street and on Godshall Road. It will also connect to a walking trail along Godshall Road.
J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, will do the construction work.
The project is funded by 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funding, according to PennDOT. Franconia ponied up $550,000 for engineering cost, per the Souderton Independent.
Another major part of the project is the installation of two new bridges over Skippack Creek and one of its tributaries running under Godshall Road, in order to improve road conditions during flooding.
Traffic will not be impacted until May 17. The intersection will be closed and traffic detoured June 10, per PennDOT.
According to the Kingsfield Homeowners Association's website, the homes at 385 and 391 W. Broad St. will be removed in September. The removal of the homes will allow for a safer left turn from Cowpath Road onto a newly-reconstructed West Broad Street. A portion of West Broad Street will be permanently vacated.
According to Montgomery County property records, PennDOT completed the deed transfer from Joyce Moscardelli at 385 W. Broad St. in August 2012, and from Jean Price at 391 W. Broad St. in October 2012.
The Souderton Independent reported in 2011 that the left turn lane from West Broad onto southbound Cowpath will be wide enough for tractor trailers coming from Route 309 through Souderton.
Franconia Township will ultimately be responsible for maintenance of the intersection.