POTTSTOWN PA – Contractors will install concrete beams next week for the foundation of the new U.S. Route 422 West bridge over the Schuylkill River near Stowe, and that will require closing the highway between Route 100 and West High Street during four consecutive overnights, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Friday (Jan. 22, 2016)
The closings and accompanying detours, between the 100 interchange at 422 westbound in North Coventry and West High (Benjamin Franklin Highway) in Douglassville, will occur nightly between Monday (Jan. 25) and Thursday (Jan. 28) from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning, PennDOT said. The bridge spans the river between North Coventry and West Pottsgrove townships.
During the overnight operation, 422 west traffic will be detoured and directed onto Route 100 north. Drivers will follow Route 100 north to westbound High Street, and take High Street west to return to 422 west. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel through the area.
The bridge improvement project is valued at $36.2 million. One lane each of eastbound and westbound traffic is traveling over the river on the bridge that formerly carried eastbound drivers only. The crossing is being built in three stages to keep one travel lane open in each direction during construction. Construction is scheduled to finish in September 2018.
The new structures will carry two 12-foot travel lanes, a 10-foot outside shoulder, and an 8-foot inside shoulder. By comparison, the existing 422 crossing is 869 feet long and 72 feet wide.
J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA is the general contractor. For more information on the project visit an affiliated website, here.
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