ROYERSFORD PA – A 4-1/2-mile stretch of U.S. Route 422, roughly between its Royersford and Collegeville (Route 29) interchanges, will undergo $12.2 million of reconstruction and improvement work beginning next week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Thursday (May 21, 2009).
“We are ready to upgrade this rough stretch of pavement and provide motorists with a smooth, structurally-sound roadway for many years to come,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. The work, which starts Tuesday (May 26, 2009) is being financed by federal econnomic stimulus money. The project is scheduled to end in July 2010.
Work crews will remove areas of broken concrete pavement and pour new concrete patches on eastbound Route 422. They also will resurface the concrete pavement with asphalt; repair 12 bridges; repair ramps at the Route 29 and Royersford interchanges; install safety rumble strips on roadway shoulders; clean existing pipe culverts; and install new guide rail, reflective pavement markers, and Intelligent Transportation System conduit.
For 422 drivers, the work will cause some added delays.
They’ll face lane closures weekdays, weeknights and some weekends during the next 12 months, Toaso said. PennDOT’s contractor, Road-Con Inc. of West Chester PA, instends to stage the work so all lanes will be open on eastbound Route 422 during the peak morning commuting hours, and all westbound lanes will be open during the peak late-afternoon travel hours.
In addition, weekend ramp closures will occur at the Route 29 and Royersford interchanges for repairs and resurfacing.
Starting Tuesday and lasting about three months, eastbound Route 422 will be reduced from two lanes to one on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning for the removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete pavement. The contractor plans to start at the Royersford Interchange and proceed east.
When the concrete replacement work shifts to Route 422’s westbound lanes in August or September, westbound motorists will encounter a signal-lane pattern weekdays from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. the next afternoon.
Route 422 carries 62,000 vehicles a day between its Collegeville and Royersford exits. This portion of highway to be repaired was built in the early 1970s, PennDOT said.
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