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.
Related (to U.S. Route 422 reconstruction at Armand Hammer Boulevard):
Photo from GVF Transportation