Federal, state, and local officials gathered in Norristown last week for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Lafayette Street Extension.
The $90 million extension, considered to be the largest local infrastructure project in Pennsylvania, will connect downtown Norristown, the County Government Complex, and SEPTA Norristown Transportation Center to the regional highway system. It will also help spur economic development in Norristown and Plymouth Township and assist in relieving area traffic congestion.
So far, the extension is complete from Conshohocken to Dekalb Streets.
“All of the smart investments we are making today to upgrade and redesign streets, sidewalks, and trails will pay off for Montgomery County residents for the next 100 years,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Chair, Montgomery County Commissioners.
Increased vehicle lanes, widened sidewalks, landscaped medians, and a safe pedestrian crossing will soon be available to pedestrians, trail users, and transit riders in Norristown. Additionally, Schuylkill River and Chester Valley Trails will be connected for easier travel between the counties.
“Connecting Norristown and Plymouth directly to the Pennsylvania Turnpike network will create more efficiency and encourage more people to visit for shopping and recreation,” said Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr., Vice Chair, Montgomery County Commissioners.