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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Radnor Gateway Enhancement Strategy: Brush Clearing on Rt. 30 at I-476

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The sound of chippers and chainsaws has drawn attention to the residents of the township along the westbound side of Rt. 30 and I-476. The Radnor Gateway Enhancement Strategy was designed to allow a visual vista to Radnor as you proceed on I-476. This clearing consisted of removing only invasive Norway maples, Ash that have succumb to emerald ash borer, dead trees, ailanthus, vines, and a few select tulip poplars that were being damaged by vines. At no time were native oaks, native maples or trees that benefit the urban structure removed. This project allows for more light to penetrate what was a dark and over grown woodlot that became penetrated with successional invasive species after the Blue Route was developed. It was intended to be open and free of vegetation at that time. 

Intention of the Strategy
The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners established the Radnor Gateway Enhancement Strategy in 1988. The intention of the strategy is to reduce the stark impact of the Blue Route and, in general, improve the visual image of the community. This program represents a crowning achievement in local public-private cooperation, through which a number of ongoing artistic landmarks and landscaping accomplishments can be found adjacent to the St. Davids interchange of I-476 and all along the Lancaster Avenue corridor throughout the township.

In addition, lush tree, bush, and flower plantings at the Blue Route interchange, throughout the retail business district, and along major roadways will provide a wide vista of color and grandeur for those entering Radnor Township for many years to come.

Funding
Most funding now, however, comes from the Radnor Enhancement Community Trust - a private, nonprofit charitable corporation (with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status) administered by the investment firm Legg Mason. Revenues from the trust, aside from investment income (all assets are invested in either short-term treasuries or money market instruments), come from contributions from individuals, corporations, and other businesses in Radnor Township. The trust authorizes expenditures for appropriate Gateway projects. Many thanks to Clint Stuntebeck, Mac McCoy, Steve Bajus for establishing the RECT and helping to beautify our community.

ABOUT RADNOR TOWNSHIP The mission of the Radnor Township government is to serve the best interests of all our residents by providing and maintaining a secure environment that enhances the quality of life for the individual and the community. We recognize the dignity of public service and are dedicated to the highest standards of integrity. We pledge to be a dynamic, responsive organization that continually strives to provide the most efficient and effective level of service for Radnor Township. Visit Radnor Township at: http://www.radnor.com Like us on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/RadnorTownship/ Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/radnortownship Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/radnortownship 

For more information, Press Only:
Molly Gallagher
Press Information Officer
610.688.5600 x 197
mgallagher@radnor.org

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