People may lose homes to turnpike project

January 27, 2009 3:42:52 PM PST
They'll be talking tonight about plans to widen the Pennsylvania Turnpike, primarily in Tredyffrin and Upper Merion Townships. The plan calls for a 6-lane reconstruction between Valley Forge and a yet to be built EZ Pass exit at Route 29.

It's a $150 million turnpike expansion. The Turnpike Authority will unveil its plans as it enters the final stage of design.

Although major construction isn't slated to start until 2011, some residents are already feeling its effects.

The Davis' bought their Chesterbrook home 23 years ago with the intention of spending their golden years here. They are close enough to their grandson's school that they pick him up everyday.

"We've done all the right things. We want to enjoy those years," Gerald Davis said.

But, on Friday, they got a call from the Turnpike Authority informing them they have six to eighteen months to move out.

The Turnpike Authority has determined their property, and that of their neighbors, will be needed for a water basin for storm drain-off as part of a turnpke widening project along a six mile stretch of the highway in Chester and Montgomery Counties.

Turnpike authority spokesperson Karl DeFabo says there are 65,000 commuters on this stretch every day and the project is necessary to ease congestion and improve safety.

There will be 7 houses condemned and about 100 that will be partially affected.

The Turnpike Authority says these families will be fairly compensated, but families say this isn't just about money.

There will be a meeting tonight at the Vanguard School in Paoli. There will be several more throughout the year as project progesses.

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