BUILDING THEIR OWN ROAD TO THE BRIDGE – To reach the foundations of U.S. Route 422 bridges that cross the Schuylkill River between its Armand Hammer Boulevard and Route 724 exits, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contractor has been busy during the past two weeks building its own private roadway. Drivers who use the 422 exit ramp at Armand Hammer can see the road being installed on the east side of a steep hill (above) as they approach Industrial Highway.
The road actually starts beyond the hilltop (center photo) and just inside the TriCounty Commerce Park at 1000 Armand Hammer Blvd. in Lower Pottsgrove Township. It descends past and behind the ramp (below) and winds down toward the river’s edge to the bridge support footings. Its use is limited only to construction traffic, and the area is regularly patrolled by township police.
PennDOT is paying $73 million to replace both the aging west- and east-bound bridges there, as well as two miles of roadway and improvements to the Armand Hammer ramps during the next six years.
Related (to U.S. Route 422 reconstruction at Armand Hammer Boulevard):