Project: Two Lane Alternative Plan for PA Route 41-S.A.V.E.
Safety, Agriculture, Villages and Environment
Client: Safety, Agriculture, Villages and Environment;
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
About the Project: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for improvements to about 10 miles of Route 41 through Chester County, PA. Due to concerns about the potentially negative environmental and secondary impacts of the PennDOTs proposals for this project, a grass roots organization formed to explore feasible alternatives to widening PA 41 to four lanes. Smart Mobility was retained to develop a two lane plan for PA 41 that would safely and efficiently accommodate the projected future traffic, and enhance the community environment.
SMIs Role: SMI conducted a thorough review of the project history and all available background data. Numerous proposals and ideas had been generated already by members of the community and S.A.V.E., which were considered in the development of the two-lane plan. The work by SMI culminated in a comprehensive report describing a conceptual plan for a two lane alternative. Research on practices and appropriate performance measures for an arterial in a suburbanizing area was conducted, and incorporated into the plan. Field work and observations were conducted to assure the plan addressed the current traffic congestion and safety problems. The plan includes proposed road cross sections in different portions of the corridor, detailed intersection designs and level of service analyses, and roadway capacity analyses.
Current Status: The report describing the two lane alternative is currently under review by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for inclusion into the EIS process as an alternative.
Dee Durham, Executive Director
Dr. Lou Kaplan, Chair
For More Information: www.save41.org