jfrey40535 wrote:SEPTA has been telling us for years now that they are expanding service back to Wawa, as early as 2005 from what I can see. Yet here we are 4 years later, and not a section of rail or piece of ballast has been turned over. What is taking so long, and who will be doing the work?
SEPTA is apparently ready to bid for the track work, according to the minutes from the August 3rd meeting
of the Township's Land Planning Committee.
the engineering and design phase is 60 percent complete, and SEPTA is ready to bid the track work
It looks like they're actually getting somewhere now. Apparently catenary rehab, among other things, begins in the fall.
jfrey40535 wrote:I know that section of railroad may not be up to SEPTA's standards, but $80 mil for 3 miles? We have existing track, catenary poles and bridges, some which may need to be replaced, but still $80 mil? [snip] This sounds really outlandish.
It does seem outlandish, at first. But I did some research just to see what was involved, and there's a lot of work going into the restoration. An interesting tidbit appeared in a News of Delaware County article
that talked mainly about the 101/102 projects, but also addressed other Delaware County SEPTA projects.
Track bed stabilization will be done on the R3 Media/Elwyn Line to support the Elwyn to Wawa service restoration along with existing operations on the section of track. A retaining wall will be constructed between Lungren Road and Leni Road. Parking will be expanded at the Elwyn Station.
A retaining wall? I'd love to know if this wall will be between the houses along the right of way and the trackbed, or if it will be between the trackbed and the high tension wires. According to the planning committee minutes, SEPTA plans on building several of them (the minutes didn't specify where; only used "walls" in the plural). When you consider the state of the line, combined with the other aspects of the project, it makes a lot more sense.
Other work going into this project:
The Lundgren Road bridge will be widened and the walls will be winged back to provide better visibility for motorists crossing the bridge.
I couldn't agree more with that decision - I HATE driving or walking under that bridge because there's no room. Then there's the reconstruction of the bridges over Chester Creek. I've walked across them. They creaked when I walked across them. They're also raising the bridge over Route 1 by 18 inches. Apparently the design of the bridge and intersection both have to be approved by PennDOT and the Army Corps of Engineers. Outside of the station, I bet the rehab and replacement of those bridges are probably what's going to the most money.
My biggest question: what is the "sign-up" facility with space for forty cars that will be built near the Lenni Yard?
And lastly, one of the items of new business on the agenda of Middletown Township's August 10th Council Meeting
was a "Notice of DEP Application - SEPTA - Wawa Service Restoration." Back during the township's June 8th council meeting
, one of the items of business on the agenda was a "Notice of PUC Application - SEPTA-Wawa extension track work." What are DEP and PUC applications?