The eastbound on- and off-ramps of U.S. Route 422 at Armand Hammer Boulevard are shown at the bottom left of this Google map of the interchange. Lower Pottsgrove’s notice is superimposed at top.
POTTSTOWN PA – The eastbound on- and off-ramps for U.S. Route 422 at the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange will close beginning Sept. 3 (2014; Wednesday) and not re-open for three months, roughly until sometime in November, the Lower Pottsgrove Township website reported Tuesday (Aug. 19).
That means eastbound 422 drivers attempting to reach businesses and facilities on Armand Hammer – including Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, physicians’ offices on Medical Drive, and the Home Depot and Aldi’s Market – probably will opt to exit at the highway’s Sanatoga interchange and drive back west down East High Street to its intersection with the boulevard.
Lower Pottsgrove’s announcement of the closing – a 34-word item in the midsection of its website home page – links to a map with suggested detours.
The westbound on- and off-ramps will remain open during the same period, according to reports, but will be similarly closed at a later date, probably after the east ramps re-open.
Closings and detours have been a regular occurrence in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans for the estimated 6-year reconstruction of 422 between Sanatoga and the Route 724 interchange in North Coventry Township, and the complete replacement of the boulevard interchange.
Earlier dates discussed by PennDOT for closing the boulevard’s eastbound ramps were tentative; Lower Pottsgrove’s message indicates a date has now been confirmed.
The effect on the ramps’ closing, with potentially increased traffic at the Sanatoga interchange or the Armand Hammer-East High corner in Pottstown, has yet to be determined. With other closings PennDot has advised motorists to budget additional time for whatever detour they expect to take to their destinations.
Township Manager Ed Wagner reported by e-mail that contractors would begin placing detour signs at the boulevard interchange beginning Thursday (Aug. 21).
Graphic from Google Maps