PA 41 at Route 841 Intersection Project Purpose and Need
This project involves addressing the safety and operational needs at the Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) intersection with Route 841 (London Grove Road) in the Village of Chatham in London Grove Township, Chester County.
The Purpose and Need statement is the foundation of all transportation projects. The purpose of this project is to provide a safe and efficient means of accommodating the regional movement of people, goods, and services and to provide for local access connections to support the existing community and businesses in the village of Chatham. The need identifies the key problems associated with the intersection. The problems are quantifiable, are based on fact, and are supported by such factors as traffic data, safety and crash data, and accessibility.
The purpose of this project is to provide a safe and efficient means of accommodating the regional movement of people, goods, and services and to provide for local access connections to support the existing community and businesses in the village of Chatham.
This project has the following project needs:
- The layout of the existing PA 41/PA 841 is confusing. Multiple roadways converge on the east side of PA 41 within the intersection influence area. The current intersection layout with five approaches and severe skew angles causes driver confusion.
- Large vehicles cannot negotiate the turning movements without tracking over the existing curbs and islands. The PA 41 southbound to PA 841 southbound movement does not provide for large trucks or buses to complete the movement without overtopping the curb or encroaching into the opposing lane of travel.
- Drivers speeding through the village of Chatham create a hazardous condition. A speed study conducted in 2023 identified vehicles routinely traveling at speeds greater than 15mph over the posted speed limit (35mph). 151 of 363 respondents to the project needs survey (about 40%) indicated they avoid crossing at the intersection.
- The northbound PA 841 severely skewed approach to the intersection creates an extremely difficult line of sight for crossing and turning movements. Sight distance limitations were reported as the second primary reason why respondents to the project needs study avoid the intersection.