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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.

The township is committed to continued support for Benchwood Station by improving its infrastructure. The roadway improvements for Miller Lane were originally proposed in 2021, following a feasibility study, focusing on making Benchwood Station an even greater asset. These plans evolved as stakeholders weighed in through the township’s public involvement efforts.

In December 2022, township trustees met in a work session to discuss the results of stakeholder meetings and a survey the township conducted during the public input process. Based on the feedback received through public involvement efforts, the trustees decided to move forward with a new, revised scope for improvements on Miller Lane and Benchwood Road.

The township has continued moving forward with design of the following improvements:

  • Lighting plans and lighting district implementation for the entire Miller Lane corridor
  • Roundabout at Maxton and Miller for traffic calming and aesthetics
  • 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
  • Consistent landscaping and streetscape enhancements along the entire corridor, including street trees, landscaping and hardscape
  • Entryway/gateway signage at major intersections

The township recently approved a new agreement with the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District (MCTID) to oversee the design and engineering for the revised Benchwood Station improvement project. It is anticipated that construction will begin in the first quarter of 2024. A complete timeline for the project can be found below:

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

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