Aston Township, Delaware County PA

Aston Township – Roundabouts


concord&donnellyThe Board of Commissioners is very much aware of the traffic issues and concerns along Concord Road, especially at the intersections of Concord Road and Donnelly Avenue and at Concord Road and MacInyre Drive.  Until recently, the only option available was to install a traffic signal at each location.  In 2014, the Township Engineer suggested that a recent change in PennDOT policy may in fact address most, if not all, of the traffic concerns at these intersections and this portion of Concord Road.  After studying the design and operation of roundabouts for a number of years, PennDOT has established a policy in favor of constructing a roundabout in lieu of installing a traffic signal. PennDOT has determined that roundabouts offer improved safety over other at-grade intersection forms because roundabouts have fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and easier decision making. When comparing a roundabout to a signal, studies show that roundabouts provide a 90% reduction in fatal crashes, 75% reduction in injury crashes, 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes, and 10% reduction in bicycle crashes.  Roundabouts improve pedestrian safety offering two simple crossings of one-way traffic moving at much slower speeds. Read more

StreetScape Project About To Get Underway!

The Aston Township StreetScape Project is about to get underway along a 0.8-mile stretch of Pennell Road between Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road.  The work will include sidewalk and curb ramp installation/improvements, pedestrian level lighting, landscaping, and landscaped center medians.  The improvements will contribute to increased mass transit ridership and economic development by creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and  connecting a variety of land uses including residential, commercial, office, institutional and recreational.  The improvements implemented along Pennell Road will serve as guidelines to implement similar improvements along Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road as future projects.

The Township was awarded a $1 million grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) which it received last fall.

Aston Replacing Old Street Signs with New Improved Signage

Aston Township Public Works Department Supervisor Russell Palmore displays one of the new street signs bearing the township logo.

Aston Township Public Works Department Supervisor Russell Palmore displays one of the new street signs bearing the township logo.

The Aston Township Vision Plan is being implemented as members of the public works department have been working hard replacing old, worn street signs with updated signs that feature the new township insignia.

Public Works Supervisor Russell Palmore said the new signs, which are constructed of heavy duty aluminum and larger lettering, will be easier for residents to see, especially at night. Read more

Aston Township Awarded $1 million StreetScape Improvement Grant

$1 million check

Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale accepts a check in the amount of $1 million from Kevin Andrews, chief-of-staff for Pa. State Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161. The funds will be used toward a StreetScape initiative in the township.

By Loretta Rodgers

Commissioners President Jim Stigale, during the October 15 meeting of the board of commissioners, was pleased to accept a check in the amount of $1 million from Kevin Andrews, chief of staff for Pa. State Representative Joe Hackett, R-161. The funds, which represent a state grant, will be used for streetscape improvements in the township.

The improvements are planned along the 0.8 mile stretch of Pennell Road between Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road. The work will consist of sidewalk  and curb ramp installation/improvements, pedestrian level lighting, landscaping, and landscaped center medians.  The improvements will contribute to increased mass transit ridership and economic development by creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and  connecting a variety of land uses including residential, commercial, office, institutional and recreational.  The improvements implemented along Pennell Road will serve as guidelines to implement similar improvements along Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road as future projects.

“I am grateful to have Rep. Joe Hackett represent our township,” said Stigale. “The StreetScape program is part of our overall Vision Plan, and these funds will certainly help us achieve our goal.”

Read more about the Aston Township StreetScape Initiative

 

 

Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale accepts a check in the amount of $1 million from Kevin Andrews, chief-of-staff for Pa. State Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161. The funds will be used toward a streetscape initiative in the township.

Aston Township StreetScape Initiative

Aston Township is planning  to construct streetscape improvements along a 0.8-mile stretch of Pennell Road (SR 0452) between Concord Road (SR 3007) and Duttons Mill Road (SR 3020).  The work will include sidewalk and curb ramp installation/improvements, pedestrian level lighting, landscaping, and landscaped center medians.  The improvements will contribute to increased mass transit ridership and economic development by creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and  connecting a variety of land uses including residential, commercial, office, institutional and recreational.  The improvements implemented along Pennell Road will serve as guidelines to implement similar improvements along Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road as future projects.

The Township is requesting funding for this project through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  The estimated cost for the project is $960,000, which includes a 20% match from the Township ($192,000).