HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $689,496 to rehabilitate the block pavement on Gulph Road in Valley Forge National Historical Park, part of the National Memorial Arch in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County and Tredyffrin Township, Chester County.
Shusterman was instrumental in securing the funding for this project and has continued to focus on restoring important infrastructure in the 157th Legislative District.
“This influx in state funding to rehabilitate such an important part of our area’s history is a step in the right direction to ensure future generations continue to enjoy this national park,” Shusterman said. “While I have the privilege of representing the 157th Legislative District, I will continue fighting for these important state dollars, which will be properly utilized in improvement and rehabilitation projects such as this.”
Using the grant, PennDOT’s contractor will restore approximately 180 linear feet of deteriorated granite block on Gulph Road in front of the National Memorial Arch while maintaining the roadway’s historical significance and providing an improved riding surface for the public.
Shusterman said she wants the public to know that due to the nature of the project, Gulph Road will be closed and detoured between Outer Line Drive and Thomas Road within the park. During the road closure, Gulph Road motorists will be directed to use Route 23 (Valley Forge Park Road), North Gulph Road and Richards Road.
The project is slated to begin this upcoming fall and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.
For more information, residents may contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260.
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