The Neshaminy Creek Greenway Trail project begins! Please see the letter to be sent to residents in the vicinity of the project.
RE: Neshaminy Creek Greenway (Bristol Road to Upper State Road) Start of construction
As you may know, New Britain Township, Chalfont Borough, and Doylestown Township have been working together with Bucks County to build a portion of the Neshaminy Creek Greenway. The Neshaminy Creek Greenway project is a countywide effort to build a walking/bicycling trail and linear park that will extend for 33 miles from Peace Valley Park in Chalfont to Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem. The portion of the project from Bristol Road to Upper State Road will start construction in December 2019; the project is anticipated to be completed by December 2020.
The 1.3-mile-long project involves construction of a shared-use path for walking and bicycling between Lenape Lane in Chalfont Borough and the existing Neshaminy Greenway Trail on Upper State Road in Doylestown Township. The proposed project will begin at the existing trail on Lenape Lane and follow neighborhood roads/sidewalks toward Bristol Road. Along Forrest Drive from Lenape Lane to Bristol Road, only bicycle shared lane pavement markings and signage will be added along the existing roadway to create an on-road bicycling route. No excavation or shared use path construction will be done along Forrest Drive. At the intersection of Bristol Road/Forrest Drive, a user activated flashing warning signal will be installed to create a safe crossing point to the start of the trail on the north side of Bristol Road. The flashing warning signals will be mounted on an overhead mast arm above the travel lanes as well as on ground mounted poles on the edge of the roadway. Crosswalk, warning signage and pavement marking improvements will also be installed for the trail crossing. The project will continue along the north side of Bristol Road heading east toward Neshaminy Creek. An 8’-10’ wide shared use path with a 5’ grass buffer to the outside edge of the roadway shoulder will be constructed. The path will cross over the Neshaminy Creek on the existing Bristol Road Bridge. A concrete barrier will be added along the shoulder of the bridge to protect the trail area. Once across the bridge, the trail will turn off Bristol Road and will follow the creek for 0.3 miles on the south side where it will end in a cul-de-sac north of Willow Wood Drive. A future New Britain Township project will complete the trail between the cul-de-sac and Upper State Road. The project also includes an 8’ shared-use path with 5’ grass buffer along the south side of Upper State Road from Leapson Lane toward the existing Neshaminy Trail at the Chalfont-New Britain Sewer plant. A crosswalk across Upper State Road with advance warning signage and pavement markings will be installed at Leapson Lane to allow access to the trail for the Willow Wood development. The trail route involves crossing the Upper State Road Bridge over Neshaminy Creek. The existing sidewalk on the Upper State Road bridge will removed and the bridge resurfaced to create space for the shared use path. A concrete barrier will also be added along the shoulder of this bridge to protect the trail area. The path will connect to the existing Neshaminy Greenway Trail near the Chalfont New Britain Sewage Treatment Plant and provide a direct connection to the 202 Parkway Trail.
The project has been designed to minimize impacts on adjacent residents and motorists traveling through the area as much as feasible. However, some impacts/delays will occur. Lane shifts and off-peak lane restrictions (between 9am and 3pm) will be required along Bristol Road and Upper State Road primarily at the bridges over the Neshaminy Creek. To complete the improvements on the Bristol Road Bridge, the southbound lane on Bristol Road will be closed between Janton Way and Upper State Road and a one-way detour will be put into place. The northbound lane will remain open. This construction phase is estimated to last 1-2 months from March 17 – April 27, 2020. Once that phase is complete, the roadway will be opened up to two lanes again. Later in the project, the eastbound lane at the Upper State Road bridge will closed between Leapson Lane and Teal Drive and a one-way detour will be put into place. The westbound lane will remain open. This construction phase is estimated to last 2-3 months from April 28 – August 31, 2020. Please keep in mind that the timeframe may change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
The contractor is required to maintain access to all streets and driveways at all times during construction. For any residents with driveways within the work area, the construction contractor or construction inspector will coordinate directly with you to coordinate driveway adjustments/repaving.
Thank you for your cooperation as we complete this important improvement to our community.
Sincerely, Stephanie J. Mason Township Manager
CC: Board of Supervisors Doylestown Community Bike/Hike Committee New Britain Township