The Parkesburg Train Station will see significant parking, stormwater management, and drainage, and ADA accessibility upgrades thanks to a new agreement state Senator Andy Dinniman brokered between PennDOT, Amtrak, and Parkesburg Borough.
“These improvements pave the way for the work ahead to upgrade the Parkesburg Train Station itself and strengthen its connection to the central business district,” Dinniman said. “Parking has always been a challenge at the Parkesburg Train Station and severe flooding has only made the situation worse. This project aims to resolve those and other issues in advance of major station improvements that will provide an enhanced experience for commuters, rail riders, and residents.”
Under the agreement, which Dinniman and PennDOT officials pushed for, Amtrak agreed to a waiver that allows work to begin on improving the area around the train station.
The plan calls for:
- At least 100 additional parking spots (currently, the station only has 43.)
- Significant stormwater management and draining improvements to address flooding issues on Culvert Street.
- LED lighting and safety upgrades, including a pedestrian walkway, on the Culvert Street rail underpass.
- ADA pedestrian accessibility upgrades, including ramps to the westbound and a new sidewalk on the Culvert Street underpass leading the parking lot.
- The repaving or Maple Avenue and other streetscape improvements.
“The train station is vital to the Borough and its residents. We are thankful for the partnership we have formed with PennDOT, Amtrak and Senator Dinniman’s Office to provide these much needed and long overdue upgrades,” Neil Vaughn, Parkesburg Borough Manager, said. “At the completion of the project, the train station area will be positive attribute for the borough and for residents to commute for work and pleasure.”
The design work on the $2 million project is expected to take about 15 months, with construction beginning late next year. It will be funded by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan.
Representatives from PennDOT will brief Parkesburg Borough Council and present preliminary project plans to the public at the November 18 council meeting.
The Parkesburg agreement comes roughly one week after Dinniman publicly called on Amtrak to move faster on improvements to the Downingtown, Coatesville and Parkesburg train stations at the ribbon-cutting of the Paoli Train Station accessibility project.
“Working on these train station projects is not always easy. There are many moving parts and no shortage of complicating factors,” Dinniman said. “However, they need to get done and get done as quick as possible. And I want to thank PennDOT for taking up the mantle and working with me to cut through some of the red tape related to the Parkesburg train station.”
In addition, Dinniman recently announced that PennDOT is slated to begin work on replacing the West Bridge Street Bridge over Amtrak lines in Parkesburg in 2020. The bridge has been closed to traffic and pedestrian use since 1994. The $6.4 million project calls for replacing it with a two-lane bridge with sidewalks and shoulders on both sides. Work is expected to begin next winter.