Two proposed U.S. Route 422 road projects are displayed on the map above as black lines. The yellow lines represent other PennDOT road projects already under way.
NORRISTOWN PA – Two new and separate projects for the further rehabilitation of U.S. Route 422, at what was said to be an estimated value of $38 million, are expected to attract contractors’ bids beginning in July (2017), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported Tuesday (May 30) after a press conference held by Gov. Tom Wolf in Norristown.
The projects are labeled in PennDOT documents as No. 84308, described as “US 422 Expwy Reconstruction” and shown on an accompanying map as in West Pottsgrove Township; and No. 86924, described as resurfacing for “US 422 W of Roysfd – W of Sntga” and mapped as crossing through Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick townships and the Sanatoga and Limerick-Linfield interchanges.
Bids for both are expected to be let on July 13. There were no dates announced for when the additional work would begin.
The agency has already begun projects for signal improvements along the East High Street corridor (No. 48146); to rebuild 422 bridges over the Schuylkill River between Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry townships, and reconstruct the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange (No. 64222); rebuild the 422 bridge over the Schuylkill in West Pottsgrove (No. 66986); and several others in the Greater Pottstown area.
The timing of the future bidding for No. 86924 seemingly coincides with PennDOT’s advisory to Lower Pottsgrove officials in March (2017) that work on bridges which carry 422 traffic high above South Sanatoga Road could be expected to get under way in 2018. Deterioration on the underside and sides of the bridges is evident from Sanatoga Road, township Manager Ed Wagner noted at the time.
Wolf and PennDOT officials were in Norristown to declare the opening of the agency’s 2017 construction season, with more than $550 million in total highway and bridge improvements that would begin or be bid across the Philadelphia region. The added amount raises the value of the region’s total contract work this year to roughly 125 projects worth $2.2 billion, the agency said in a press release.
“The funding allocated for these projects not only reduces the backlog of Pennsylvania’s pavement and bridge demands, but significantly improves the growing need for better mobility and safety on our roadways,” according to Wolf.
Map from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 6 office