SANATOGA PA – The more than 400 acres that will be included in the joint LimerickLower Pottsgrove (PA) townships’ master plan for the Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422 must be officially mapped in detail, and Lower Pottsgrove’s Board of Commissioners last week agreed to pay $10,000 as its share of the cost to have the work done.

The Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422, as seen from overhead in a Google Maps satellite image.

The Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422.

The mapping will be undertaken by Simone Collins, the Berwyn PA-based consultant both townships are relying upon to create a unified plan for what is known as the Interchange District. The firm will make zoning recommendations, suggest publicly and privately funded improvements, set standards for new roads and street scape design, and guide the district’s overall appearance.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the expense last Thursday (July 23, 2009) during their second monthly meeting in the township municipal building on Buchert Road. The approval is subject to a review by township Solicitor R. Kurtz Holloway of an accompanying contract.

About 150 acres, roughly a third of the area, lie within Lower Pottsgrove boundaries, township Manager Rodney Hawthorne explained. The mapping effort will be the latest, and possibly final, step that must be completed before the two municipalities can start to address legal language that will help them with the district’s regulation.

Hawthorne reported representatives of both townships met most recently on June 5, 11 and 23 for district-related discussions and “made significant progress.”

Back in May, both townships agreed to cooperate in the district’s planning and development. Re-working the highway’s exit ramps, widening existing roads, creating a feeder or frontage road system, and installing traffic control systems there – all to accommodate future growth – is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars. Neither municipality can afford it alone, they concede.

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