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Light at the End of the Underpass

The Anderson Avenue underpass project in Ardmore is almost finished. It has already been open to traffic and pedestrians this week.

Anderson Avenue in Ardmore, , is close to re-opening, said Angela Murray, Lower Merion Township's assistant director of Building & Planning, on Wednesday.

The closures, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, have been to install lighting fixtures for the overall Anderson Avenue Underpass Project. The work was expected to last six to eight weeks.

A "safety-related I-beam" was also scheduled for installation.

The photos seen here were taken Tuesday, July 26, at midday. The underpass was open that day, but there were indications that some lighting and other electrical work had yet to be finished.

Murray was part of the contingent touring Ardmore with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and representatives from other area towns as part of the DVRPC's "Classic Towns" trolley tour.

Murray said there was a lot of cleaning as well as installing a new drainage system in the space, which is directly beneath SEPTA and Amtrack train tracks.

Though a small street, Anderson is a major conduit between Lancaster and Montgomery avenues, and is adjacent to the Ardmore Train Station and Suburban Square.

For the first time, there will be light inside the tunnel. The overpass will be repainted with a new "Ardmore" logo on both sides of the tracks ().

Murray thanked the DVRPC, which aided in acquiring funding for the project. "It should be done soon," she declared.

The project cost about $700,000, Murray said.

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