KING OF PRUSSIA – PennDOT giveth, and it taketh away.
Here’s the give: today (Friday, Aug. 15, 2014) should be the last day this week that Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews add to the driving woes of motorists who travel U.S. Route 422 and 202. And here’s the take: the agency has a different disruption scheduled for next Friday (Aug. 22).
The 422 westbound off-ramp at Oaks could be crowded next weekend with traffic bound for Trooper Road
Throughout this week, PennDOT has imposed nighttime travel restrictions on portions of Routes 422 202, 252 at their ramps for Interstate 76 as its crews patch pavement in those areas under a project valued at about $4.4 million. The work should be completed by November, according to a press release. For now, lane closures in some areas will persist from 8 tonight through 5 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 16).
In a separate announcement issued Thursday (Aug. 14), the agency also noted that on the following weekend – from Friday (Aug. 22) at 9 p.m. through Monday (Aug. 25) at 5 a.m. – it intends to close the 422 westbound off-ramp at Route 363 (Trooper Road) for reconstruction and resurfacing. It’s part of the $16.8 million rebuilding and widening of that interchange, which began in October 2013.
Drivers on 422 who use the Trooper Road exit will be forced next weekend to drive past it and exit instead at the Oaks interchange, and then turn right onto Egypt Road and use it to reach Trooper. Additionally, the far right lane on westbound 422 that often is used as an approach to the Trooper off-ramp also will be closed.
Trooper itself will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction during construction.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate. The entire construction schedule depends on the weather, PennDOT said.
Don’t expect this to be the last driving hiccup on 422 at Trooper, either. There’s more to come, as the entire project is not expected to be finished until Fall 2015. Learn more about the project, here.