The addition of  two new left turn lanes, one  in each direction, on Church Road at Greenwood Avenue.

An additional through lane with a shared right turn for westbound Church Road

at  Greenwood Avenue

A dedicated right turn lane into a fade-in lane on eastbound Church Road from Greenwood  Avenue. 

*All of the technical drawings and photographs on this and other related pages are from the PennDOT Powerpoint presentation at the April 13, 2018 Concerned Parties Meeting. The information included on these pages was also provided by PennDOT at that meeting. 

PennDOT plans to make major changes to the intersection of Church Road and Greenwood Avenue in Wyncote to improve the flow of traffic by widening the road and adding several turn lanes. Identified as Alternative 13, this plan was chosen for its minimal impact on the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College property. The project will significantly impact historic Curtis Arboretum, six residential parcels, and require a stormwater runoff management system. 

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The addition of sidewalks on a portion of Church Road and a portion of Greenwood Avenue.

PennDOT hosted an Open House on April 4, 2019 where they displayed renderings and provided additional documents (PennDOT FAQs and PennDOT Fast Facts) with further details about the project. PennDOT plans to have the renderings on display at the Township Building. The public has until April 25 to comment to PennDOT. 



Does the current plan, with it’s multiple turn lanes, put emphasis on the safety of pedestrians crossing  at the intersection?  Will  this plan give pedestrians on the north side of Church road safe access to the arboretum to attend public events?

Should a simpler plan with fewer lanes and less impact on the arboretum and surrounding area be considered?

Will the storm water management system prevent storm water runoff traveling down Greenwood Avenue hill to the low point at Glenside Avenue - already besieged with flooding problems?

​Will this plan actually encourage more drivers to use Church Road and create more congestion rather than less?

Were current traffic growth assumptions accounted for when considering current lifestyle changes with more people working from home? 

What will the type and size of the trees be that will replace those cut down for the project?

​​What are the Concerns?

cheltenham chamber of citizens

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PennDOT Church Road

Improvement Project:

Greenwood Avenue to Rices Mill Road.*

Excavation at Curtis Arboretum and removal of mature trees to accommodate widening of Church Road and Greenwood Avenue.

Contact  your Commissioner, PennDOT, or other state official NOW if you have concerns about the impact this design will have on overall traffic, pedestrian safety, stormwater runoff, or on Curtis Arboretum.

​Do you have more questions? Do you want more information?

Contact: Curt Venditti, P.E. PennDOT Consultant Project Manager
610-212-4756 or c-cvenditti@pa.gov   


              Ryan Binder, P.E. 

              215-209-1212 or ryan.binder@wsp.com. ​​

Major Project Components

The addition of a stormwater management system that includes a detention basin on the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College property to accommodate the additional storm water run-off that will be created by the additional paving.

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