Between the construction of a new shopping plaza and the relocation of Edmond Road, Newtown state Representative Mitch Bolinsky says there's a lot of work happening near exit 10. He notes that the roadwork was initially supposed to get done in 2016, but was delayed by the discovery of a 19th-Century Ice House in the path of the new section of road. The state then mandated an "archeological study".
Bolinsky says the realignment of Edmond Road will eliminate one of Newtown's most crash-prone spots, switching it to a 4-way intersection with Commerce Road and Church Hill Road. Turning lanes are being extended on Church Hill's approach to the highway along with sidewalks and the installation of an upgraded traffic control system. He noted that the system will remove the guess work of driving in that area.
Drainage and utilities are being relocated and a new "geosynthetic" reinforced soil bridge system will span about 60 feet of wetlands. The project is on schedule with an anticipated completion at the end of November.