POTTSTOWN PA – It’s a good time to meet Sal Ali.
Ali is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s assistant engineer for Montgomery County, and he’s currently overseeing how the state will spend more than $73 million of taxpayer money as it rebuilds U.S. Route 422 across Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry townships.
PennDOT contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. started the six-year project in September (2012). It includes replacing the structurally deficient “Pottstown Bypass Bridge” over the Schuylkill River, between the Armand Hammer Boulevard and Route 724 interchanges.
In a video produced by the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association and posted Friday (Dec. 7) to YouTube, Ali explains what the project covers, how drivers will be affected, and why it will take so long to complete.
He also talks about its first phase, a wetlands mitigation required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and plans for a bike and pedestrian lane on the bridge that will connect to portions of Montgomery County’s trail project in both townships.
- Watch a video (above) of Ali, being interviewed on a hill near Armand Hammer Boulevard and looking west across the Schuylkill River, or see it on the YouTube channel of GVF Transportation, here.
Related (to U.S. Route 422 reconstruction at Armand Hammer Boulevard):
- Meet Sal Ali. He’s Safeguarding $73 Million Of Your Money
- It’s A Road You Can See, But Won’t Drive On, In Township
- Township Police Reimbursed For Their 422 Traffic Work
- Just Days After 422 Work Starts, Police Probe Accident
- Six Years Of Route 422 Disruption Gets Started Tonight
- Red Tape Stalls Repairs At 422 And Armand Hammer
- State Condemning, Taking Land To Rebuild 422 Bridges
- Five Township Corners Due For Curb, Signal Changes
- Township Sells PennDOT Some Asphalt, Makes $20K
- Report: Six Bridges In Township ‘Structurally Deficient’
Photo from GVF Transportation