KING OF PRUSSIA PA – U.S. Route 422 West will be closed overnight Tuesday and Thursday of this week (Sept. 1 and 3, 2015), and its traffic will be detoured so construction crews can place 10 concrete beams for the new 422 bridge being built over the Schuylkill River in North Coventry and West Pottsgrove townships, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday.
The westbound disruptions are scheduled to occur both days from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. the following morning, according to PennDOT District 6 spokesman Eugene Blaum.
During the overnight operations, 422 West drivers will be directed onto Route 100 north; then follow it to West High Street, and then take High west back to 422 West. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.
The work is part of the $36.2 million bridge improvement project. Currently, one lane each of eastbound and westbound traffic is carried over the river on the 422 bridge that formerly carried eastbound drivers only.
The new crossing is being built by general contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen in three stages to keep one travel lane open in each direction during construction. The westbound 422 structure is being replaced in the first stage, the eastbound 422 bridge will be rebuilt in the second, and the center median in the third. Construction is scheduled to finish in September 2018.
When completed the new crossing will be 924 feet long and 95 feet wide. Its structures will carry two 12-foot travel lanes, a 10-foot outside shoulder and an 8-foot inside shoulder. The existing bridge is 869 feet long and 72 feet wide.
The project is the second of six to move to construction for PennDOT’s multi-phase program to rebuild and improve seven miles of 422 between the Berks County line and Sanatoga.
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