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Under the Transportation Alternatives Program, Ridley Park Borough received a $530,000 grant for the Hillside Road Pedestrian Safety Improvements. The Project consists of the construction of a walkway in Eastlake Park from Ridley Middle School around the Lower Lake Field to Hillside Road, the replacement of the footbridge over Little Crum Creek, and the construction of new sidewalk along Hillside Road from the footbridge to Crum Lynne Road. Existing sidewalks are planned to remain.

The Project Drawings are conceptual only. The Project must comply with PENNDOT design criteria and is reviewed at multiple levels. The bridge replacement is reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers.

The program is federally funded and administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT). The Hillside Road project was one of eleven projects receiving grants in the region. The local match on the Project is approximately $160,000.

The grant condition sets the target for project final design to be completed by September 30, 2016. The tentative schedule is below.  A meeting was help with Borough residents of Hillside Rd February 09, 2015.
· August 2015    Preliminary Engineering complete
· August 2016    Final Design complete
· May 2017        Construction complete                               

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Comment by Linda Shockley on July 10, 2015 at 5:33pm

I'm wondering if the section of Hillside that runs along the freight line will have a fence on the side so children don't either fall or deliberately explore the cliff onto the tracks.

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on July 10, 2015 at 3:56pm

Comment by tim devabey on June 12, 2015 at 9:35pm

@Ken M.
PS:  http://www.ridleyparkonline.com/profiles/blogs/invest-530-000-to-sa...
The distances are now even closer according to the published "plan."

Comment by tim devabey on June 12, 2015 at 9:23pm

@Ken M.  Good points, the need for unbiased review and analysis is quite obvious. Borough Code requires adjacent property owners to provide sidewalks in the public right of way along their property.  Several properties on Hillside in the "project area" including what appears to be the CSX RR right of way have NO sidewalks.  It should by Borough Code be the residents responsibility to conform to the community standard as defined in the RP Code book.  Look up my other blog on RPOL where I compared the distance of the proposal with the existing route.  Now that I've seen the plan, the proposal makes even less sense than I had supposed.  I would expect a pedestrian traffic study to be done before we incur any more "Engineering fees" for this proposal.  For example, if the purpose is "safe(r) routes to school,"  how about using some of the ($530,000) Grant money along the MOST TRAVELED and maybe most dangerous school crossing at Swarthmore Ave.  As someone commented to me after seeing the new proposal:  "who has the concrete concession in the Borough?"  By the way, I noticed in the specifications the call for 5 ft wide sidewalks.  That is an extra 25% "bonus" for the concrete guy at taxpayers' expense--the standard sidewalk width is 4 ft wide.

Comment by Ken McCrae on June 12, 2015 at 7:36pm

@ Tim D. Why shouldn't the residence of Hillside pay for their sidewalks since the rest of the borough has to pay for their sidewalks through replacement. I'm not here to start a turf war but where is that  $160,000 match coming from? The plans seem to place sidewalks in areas where they are unnecessary. The mayor has always said if you have a problem in one direction then don't go that way. Is the footbridge at the end of the lake to be eliminated? There is no need for a walkway behind the homes on Glenlock. How many kids are impacted?

Comment by Mike Gale on June 4, 2015 at 10:25pm

Detailed description, photos, maps, and drawings related to this project have been posted to Ridley Park Borough website. Click on link below.


Comment by tim devabey on June 3, 2015 at 11:10am

Last sentence should say "A meeting was held with...residents of Hillside Rd..."  Yeah, that is the meeting the Mayor WOULDN'T ALLOW ME TO ATTEND. So, regarding the "local match on the Project..." How about if the residents of Hillside who were invited by the Mayor and Council to the "private meeting" pay the $160,000 match for their new sidewalks?? 

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