We got our hands on a copy of the Progress Update of the Comprehensive Traffic Study that the Borough of Conshohocken has hired Pennoni Associates to conduct. Please note that this is a progress report and not the finished product. However, there are a bunch of interesting items in it to digest. You can download it by clicking here.
The study is taking into consideration all the potential development that will and/or could take place in Conshohocken through 2023 and how it will impact traffic. It also outlines some initial improvements that could be made.
It is a lot of info to digest. Since all the talk right now is about Elm and Fayette and the potential for a 200 room hotel, plus a 200,000 square foot office building adjacent to it, we are going to break out the projections for that intersection.
If you go to page three, you will find Table 2. This table lists all intersections through Conshohocken and provides the volume of cars that currently occurs and provides an estimate on how the volume will change if all of the approved and projected developments happen (the developments are outlined in Table 1). As you will see, the volume for Elm and Fayette will increase by 39.3% for morning rush and 42.2% during the afternoon rush. This projection is pretty consistent right up Fayette Street with 30% to 40% increases at each intersection that was studied. Note that this is a projection of what will occur over a 10 year period.
If you go through the document, it is only a few pages, you will be able to see how the traffic will effect the intersections closest to your home or office.
Things to note:
- This preliminary document does not take into consideration any development at the Moore Chevrolet property. So a Wawa is not factored in
- This does not factor in the redevelopment of the Verizon Building. Not sure why it doesn’t.
- It does not take into consideration what may happen if any of the Roman Catholic parishes are redeveloped (this is very recent, so not surprised it is not included)
- It does not take into consideration a potential YMCA (also very recent development)
There are going to be a lot of meetings in the upcoming year or two to discuss and vote on all of these developments. We will do our best to provide you latest information available.