If anyone sees the potential for land better than a real estate developer, it’s a farmer. And few farmers possess the foresight of Charles Chrin. He acquired 800 acres of land in the Greater Lehigh Valley region decades ago, and since then has done a lot more than grow corn and soybeans.
Today the Chrin Companies (www.chrin.org) are a series of diverse organizations that include excavation, hauling, agriculture services, and landfill operations, as well as real estate development. Charles Chrin has been the driver behind these businesses, which have helped his community prosper, but no Chrin project is more ambitious than the nationally recognized Route 33/Main Street Interchange.
“This project had been a dream for 20 years, until Charlie Chrin decided to make it real,” said AnnMarie Vigilante, the Langan Associate and award-winning traffic engineer in Pennsylvania, who is leading this transformative project. “Charlie, the local officials, and PENNDOT have truly collaborated to plan and execute this massive highway interchange that is literally re-shaping the county, bringing jobs to the area, and greatly increasing real estate values for all stakeholders.”
Langan has become a trusted consultant on the “Chrin” Interchange, which is ideally located at the nexus of Route 33 and interstate highways 78 and 80. Vigilante and the Langan team provided a host of traffic and civil engineering services on the full diamond interchange, the Main Street bridge replacement, acceleration and deceleration lanes, drainage structure modifications, grading improvements, additional ramps, and signalization of two intersections.”
“This project has really become a partnership among everyone involved,” said Gregory Elko, Managing Principal, Langan. “We are proud to support the Chrin Companies and look forward to helping future vital development projects once the interchange is completed.”
Importantly, the four quadrants that surround the interchange are already becoming major hubs for industrial development, specifically warehouse/distribution centers and large retail projects. In fact, Porsche built a state-of-the-art 130,000-square-foot facility there in 2009 and a 100,000-square-foot distribution and warehouse center for Mondelez International is under construction. There will no doubt be similar projects, as developers and companies from around the world help fulfill the vision of Charles Chrin.
Check out our construction progress pictures of the nationally recognized Route 33/Main Street Interchange project.