Big Transportation Improvements in Uwchlan
There have been several transportation improvements to major roadways such as Route 100 and Route 113 in Uwchlan over the years. Below is a list of the significant projects.
- Route 100 was widened to three lanes in each direction between Uwchlan and West Whiteland. Specifically, the project included the widening of Route 100 between Shoen Road in West Whiteland and Gordon Drive in Uwchlan from two lanes to three.
- A two-lane bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Route 113 was demolished and the roadway was widened to five lanes. This occurred about 500 feet east of the Route 100 and Route 113 intersection through and into West Pikeland. It also included the addition of a turning lane near Davis Road in West Pikeland.
- There was a road widening project from the Route 100 and Route 113 intersection to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange.
- Turning lanes also were added at the Route 100 and Route 113 intersection in the early 1980s.
"They were very large projects and they took a lot of doing and a lot of people to bring them to fruition," said Uwchlan Township Manager Doug Hanley.
Hanley said all of these projects started with review by the Chester County Planning Commission and they were considered Transportation Priority Projects. In some cases, the projects also were reviewed by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Uwchlan officials worked with the county, PennDOT, and Edward B. Walsh and Associates, the township's engineering firm, on all of these projects.
Uwchlan officials also have been working on the township's trail system, which began in the early 1990s, and they have been adding to ever since. Hanley said the township took advantage of the county's Struble Trail and connected with it in three different locations, including:
- The Uwchlan Trail connects to the Struble Trail at Shelmire Road and Dowlin Forge Road.
- The Uwchlan Hunt development connection is about 3,000 feet north of Shelmire Road.
- The Williamsburg development connection is near the East Caln border.
Hanley said township officials required developers to make connections to the Struble Trail. He estimated there are about 60 miles of sidewalks and trails for residents to enjoy in Uwchlan.