As 422 work continues elsewhere, new phase starts
HARRISBURG PA – The next phase of U.S. Route 422 reconstruction is anticipated to get under way Sept. 25 (2017; Monday), with completion hoped for in about three years.
The “major project,” valued at $35.58 million in an announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf (inset at top), will improve and reconstruct 1.2 miles of 422 from just east of the Schuylkill River bridge to just west of the Montgomery County line. The work will cross three different townships in three separate counties: North Coventry, in Chester County; West Pottsgrove, Montgomery; and Douglass, Berks.
Meanwhile, work continues across Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry for installation of new bridges and other work between the Sanatoga and Route 724 interchanges; and for more bridges over the Schuylkill River near Stowe. Sometime next year, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also expects to report the start of work to replace 422 bridges over South Sanatoga Road in Lower Pottsgrove, according to township officials.
“This project is about moving traffic more effectively, efficiently, and safely along a major southeast Pennsylvania corridor,” Wolf said. “Breaking ground … moves PennDOT another step closer to completing the overall reconstruction of seven miles of U.S. 422 in Chester and Montgomery counties.”
In this latest phase, PennDOT said its contractors will:
- Reconstruct 422 on both existing and new alignments;
- Reconfigure the U.S. 422/Stowe Interchange to a diamond configuration;
- Remove and replace existing ramps and culverts
- Install new Intelligent Transportation Systems equipment, message boards, signing, pavement markings, lighting, concrete median barriers, median glare screens and guide rail;
- Upgrade storm water management facilities and pipes; and
- Construct and restore wetlands.
Expect detours and delays Sept. 25-28 for set-up
As contractors set barriers and make other preparations for the coming phase, drivers can expect some disruption.
During overnight hours Sept. 25-26 (Monday and Tuesday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) eastbound 422 will be closed and detoured from the split with Benjamin Franklin Highway in Douglass (Berks) to Route 100 in North Coventry for storm pipe installation. During that work, eastbound 422 drivers will be directed to continue on Benjamin Franklin Highway and High Street, and turn right on Route 100 South to access the ramp to eastbound 422.
Also during overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., on Sept. 27-28 (Wednesday and Thursday), westbound 422 will be closed and detoured from Route 100 to the split with Benjamin Franklin Highway. Westbound drivers will be directed to take Route 100 North and High Street and Benjamin Franklin Highway to access westbound U.S. 422.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area. Backups will occur, PennDOT said. All scheduled activities depend on the weather.
H & K Group, Inc. of Schwenksville is the general contractor.
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