With federal funds, Montgomery County could see more congestion than usual this construction season – CBS Philly
HATFIELD, Pa. (CBS) – With federal government money through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, this construction season could see more congestion than usual.
“We’re definitely concerned about the amount of noise we’re going to get in this nice and quiet neighborhood that we’ve had,” said Meghan Kohuth.
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Neighbors in Hatfield Township are increasingly concerned about their newest neighbor, the 309 Connector project.
Kohuth moved into her neighborhood six years ago. The connector project runs alongside it.
“We may have to move because I’m not okay with that,” she said.
State and local officials broke ground on Friday morning for the second phase of the project. The project extends from 476 in Montgomery County to Route 309 in Bucks County. It received over $42 million from the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
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“Starting construction of Phase 2 is the next major step forward in realizing the decades-long effort to connect these two highways,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
Phase 2 of the 309 Connector project is one of over 200 projects in southeastern Pennsylvania that have been given the go-ahead under the trillion-dollar Infrastructure Act. This year, the five-county region will receive $2.8 billion to repair 300 miles of roads and 40 bridges. Philadelphia alone gets nearly $1 billion. It includes funding for projects on I-95, including the Cap Project at Penn’s Landing.
“It’s not just an investment in the future, it’s an investment in the present,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. “Infrastructure is one of those rare things where economic growth and public safety intersect.”
With the start of the construction season, it’s also a reminder of what to do as you approach construction sites.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that when entering a work zone, we slow down and look out for our road workers,” said Pennsylvania State Police Officer Jessica Tobin.
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In 2021, there were over 1,600 work-zone accidents across the state — 15 of them were fatal. Fines are doubled in construction zones and can lead to license revocation.