The yellow oval depicts the affected portion of U.S. Route 422
VALLEY FORGE PA – As part of start-up operations for the future installation of new bridges at the east end of U.S. Route 422 over the Schuylkill River near Valley Forge, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation intends to close the shoulders on the highway’s eastbound side between Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) for periods of several hours daily during the next two weeks, it said Friday (Feb. 12, 2016).
The outside shoulder of 422 eastbound will be closed Monday through Thursday (Feb. 15-18) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for clearing brush and trees, and to install erosion and sedimentation controls. The shoulder also will be closed Feb. 22-25 (Monday through Thursday), again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..
Motorists are advised to be alert for employees of general contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA, who will work along the highway. Slowdowns are possible, PennDOT warned. The work schedule is dependent on the weather.
The shoulder closures are in preparation for construction of new, wider bridges and highway upgrades valued at $97.4 million. They are anticipated to improve travel and carry westbound and eastbound U.S. 422 motorists over the river, its accompanying trail, Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, and South Trooper Road.
The existing structures were built in 1965 and carry an average of 92,000 vehicles a day.
The improvement plan also consists of reconstructing one mile of 422 between 363 and 23, upgrading ramps at both interchanges, improving a ramp at the First Avenue interchange, and replacing the Route 23 bridge over 422. The project is financed with 80-percent federal and 20-percent state funds. Construction is scheduled to finish in May 2020.
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