POTTSTOWN PA – Construction crews will position 10 concrete beams, the foundation of the new bridge being built over the Schuylkill River on U.S. Route 422 between North Coventry and West Pottsgrove townships, during overnight hours between next Tuesday and Friday (Oct. 13-16). The bridge work will close 422’s westbound lanes and detour its traffic nightly during the period, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.
422 west will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on each of the four nights, and vehicles will be detoured at its Route 100 Interchange onto 100 north. Drivers will follow its to westbound High Street, and take High Street west to return to U.S. 422 west. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel through the area.
PennDOT’s contractor is currently replacing the bridge as part of a $36.2 million bridge improvement project. Currently, only single lanes of eastbound and westbound move motorists over the river on the existing bridge that formerly carried eastbound drivers only.
The new 422 crossing is being built in three stages to keep one travel lane open in each direction during construction. The westbound structure is being replaced first, the eastbound bridge will be rebuilt next, and installation of a center median will end the project. Construction is scheduled to finish in September 2018.
The new crossing will be 924 feet long and 95 feet wide, with two 12-foot travel lanes, a 10-foot outside shoulder and an eight-foot inside shoulder. The existing U.S. 422 crossing is 869 feet long and 72 feet wide.