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A Busy Summer of Construction in LP

Melissa S. Treacy

Monday, August 11, 2014 • 2:17pm

The area in and around Lower Providence Township has had a busy summer of construction. With Crawford, Rittenhouse, Surrey and Church roadways all under local, municipal overhaul, the residents of the township are bound to run into some extra dust and chaos, no matter where they travel.

Last week, the Luk Oil formerly in business at Trooper and Egypt roads, in West Norriton Township, was demolished. According to administrators at West Norriton, there are no current plans for the property and thus far, only demolition was underway.

If you’ve driven along the Ridge Pike corridor, it would be hard to miss the massive new Wawa being built at Trooper Road. Coupled with a new Citadel bank, the corner will be a busy place.

The smaller Wawa store (without a gas station) located further up Ridge, is slated to close this week. A sign placed on the door reads that the location will close its doors on Aug. 15, directing customers to the new, larger spot in West Norriton.

A second small Wawa, located near Egypt Road at Park Avenue was also closed earlier this summer to make room for the new spot. That space, located next to Tony’s Pizza in Audubon, is currently up for lease and remains empty.

The Lower Providence Planning Commission recently rejected a third-area Dunkin Donuts. Builders proposed it to be placed along Ridge/Main Street also at Trooper.

According to Township Supervisor Patrick Duffy, the rejection had much to do about a potential drive-thru at the new store location. Duffy said the planning committee “denied a request for application” due to the fact, but that appeals may come to the board of supervisors.

As the drive-thru violated Lower Providences Ridge Pike Corridor zoning rules, it was unclear if the supervisors would hear any requests for a change.

It was also not noted if one of the older stores would close to make room for a newer, larger facility.

At the other “corner” of the township, much progress has been made to the developments in Oaks. A new Wawa was placed there, along with a Penn National Bank, Uno’s restaurant and soon-to-open other locations, such as a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. Roadways have long been overhauled in the vicinity to allow for the influx of traffic with the new shopping center, located just across the street from the already bustling Target, Lowe’s, Regal, Arnold’s, and much more nestled in next to the ever-growing Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

The area chaos adds to the long-term projects to both add an on-ramp at Trooper Road and Route 422, in addition to continued detours for the Arcola Bridge replacement.

It is a busy summer for a growing township in Lower Providence. Use caution driving in and around the area.

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