A lot of people in this area think the same thing. It was initially to be a four-lane expressway (for all you non-northeasterners that's "freeway," whatever THAT is) along its entire length. It was within a hairsbreadth of being built when Gov. Rendell took office. The Rendell administration, however, would tie itself in knots if even (literally) a handful of people opposed something.
In this case, the handful didn't even live in the project area.
A little background. (OK, a LOT of background. Sorry.) This project was originally (from the 1950s to as late as the mid-'80s) to have been part of a larger freeway extending "from Delaware to the Delaware," or from the the Delaware state line (south of West Chester) to the Delaware River (just north of New Hope). It was to be an outer ring route around the Philadelphia area.
Due to local opposition, each section was eventually dropped except this project area (§700) and the section from West Chester south to the state line (§100). (And recently the plans to build §100 as a freeway on new alignment were dropped due to the outrageous cost.)
This project seemed to be different because most of the locals actually wanted it and many of the municipalities has actually set aside ROW for it. This is because the area of §700 is choked with congestion. In our time, this project was intended to provide relief.
Enter the Rendell administration. The Secretary of Transportation under Gov. Rendell, Allen Biehler, was philosophically opposed to building freeways unless the political equivalent of a gun were pointed at him. When residents of the area where §900 (the section from Doylestown to New Hope) would've been built opposed §700 on the grounds that completing it would encourage PennDOT to want to build §900 in their area, that's all the excuse the administration needed to severely downsize the project and save the money.
Nevermind that PennDOT has absolutely no plans to ever revisit §900. It's more than dead; it's as if it never existed. But when you're looking for a reason to not build freeway miles, any will do in a pinch.
So it was re-created as a two-lane "parkway." It's not even a super-2, since it has no grade separations between PA 309 and PA 611. Yes, it intersects every surface road it crosses between those two routes.
The great majority who favored the freeway felt betrayed, completely justifiably IMO. They believe, correctly I think, that this road will become as congested as all the others in the area and will provide very little of the relief the freeway would've provided. It'll look "pertty" but that's about all.
The one upside? The facility does preserve the entire ROW so in 40 or 50 years (or sooner), when it and all the roads around it are congested beyond belief and residents will be demanding improvement, it won't be that difficult to build the freeway and do it in a manner that's extremely sensitive to its surroundings.