June 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM
A $4 million realignment and rebuilding of the Cowpath Road, Godshall Road and West Broad Street intersection underway in Franconia Township will close the intersection for five months, beginning Monday.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the closure is needed to realign and rebuild the roads to a new four-way signalized intersection. The enhancements, PennDOT said, will improve pedestrian and traffic safety. The $4 million is financed by 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.
In March 2014, general contractor J.D. Eckman Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, broke ground on the project.
By November 2014, there will be two 11-foot travel lanes and four-foot shoulders on each roadway. Turn lanes will be added at the new four-way intersection. The contractor is adding a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on Godshall Road to meet with the sidewalk on West Broad Street. The new sidewalk will link to an adjacent walking trail.
Here are detours for the project:
- Cowpath Road will be closed and detoured between Beck Road and Route 113 (Harleysville Pike). Through traffic will be detoured over Beck Road/Elroy Road, Allentown Road and Route 113 (Harleysville Pike)
- Godshall Road will be closed and detoured between Lower Road and Broad Street. Motorists will follow Lower Road, Allentown Road, and Route 113 (Harleysville Pike/Main Street)
- West Broad Street will be closed and detoured between (Route 113) Main Street and Lower Road. Drivers will follow Route 113 (Main Street/Harleysville Road), Allentown Road, and Lower Road.