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Benchwood Station Improvements

In addition to being a great amenity for residents, Benchwood Station – informally known as Miller Lane - is also an important revenue generator for the township. Benchwood provides more than $2.5 million in revenue annually through hotel tax, Joint Economic Development Zone (JED-Z) income tax and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. These revenue sources provide funding for township services and improvements within the district, and the township is committed to continued support for Benchwood Station by improving its infrastructure.

Since 2021, the township has been working with stakeholders on a roadway improvement plan for Miller Lane and Benchwood Road. In 2023, the township reached an agreement with the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District (MCTID) to oversee the design and engineering for the plan.

In October 2023, the township hosted a Public Meeting to share details of the project and receive stakeholder comments. The proposed items for this $6 million project included:

  • Roundabout at Maxton and Miller for traffic calming and aesthetics
  • Consistent landscaping and streetscape enhancements along the entire corridor, including street trees, landscaping and hardscape
  • Entryway/gateway signage at major intersections
  • Lighting plans and lighting district implementation for the entire Miller Lane corridor
  • Full depth pavement repair and resurfacing of existing pavement on Miller Lane, from Benchwood Road to Little York Road
  • Improvements on westbound Benchwood Road for dedicated right turn lane on Commerce Center
  • Additional southbound left turn lane at Benchwood Road
  • Extension of sidewalk and lighting north of Maxton Road
  • The addition of two mid-block crosswalks
  • Decorative signal at the intersection of Miller Lane and Benchwood Road

Final design and construction plans are scheduled to be completed by November 11, 2023. Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2024 and conclude by November 2024.

Benchwood Station Improvements Timeline

Benchwood Station Improvements Task

Anticipated Completion

Authorization to Proceed

12/13/2022

Field Survey & Base Mapping

2/3/2023

Preliminary Engineering Submitted

5/10/2023

Preliminary Right of Way Submitted

6/21/2023

Right of Way Acquisition Consultant RFP

August 2023

Final Right of Way Submitted

9/22/2023

Final Engineering Submitted

10/6/2023

Final Tracings Submitted

11/30/2023

Open House for Viewing Plans (Click Here)

10/10/2023 (4:30-6:30 pm)

Final Construction Documents RFP

12/15/2023

Bid Date

1/15/2024

Award Date

2/5/2024

Right of Way Acquisition Complete

January 2024

Construction Start

February 2024

You can find more information in the following links:
2022 Feasibility StudyBenchwood Station Improvements FAQ