STOWE PA – Barricades go up next week that will close and keep traffic off eastbound U.S. Route 422 for a total of four over-nights through North Coventry, West Pottsgrove, and Douglass townships.
The state Department of Transportation on Thursday (Nov. 2, 2017) said it would close a portion of the highway and detour traffic through the borough of Pottstown so work crews could install barriers and resurface roads. As part of the closure, PennDOT said access to the Stowe interchange ramps would also be unavailable at certain times.
The agency already announced Wednesday (Nov. 1) that westbound lane restrictions would occur next week in a different but nearby section of 422, through Lower Pottsgrove Township.
Here’s what’s planned in the latest announcement:
- On Monday (Nov. 6): Eastbound 422 will be closed only over-night, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., from the split with Benjamin Franklin Highway in Douglass (Berks County) to Route 100 in North Coventry (Chester County). Both east- and westbound Stowe interchange ramps will be closed during the same period.
The detour around the closure redirects traffic east onto Benjamin Franklin Highway and High Street, and then turns right onto Route 100 South to reach the ramp for eastbound U.S. 422. During the ramp closures, drives will be directed to use High Street to reach eastbound or westbound U.S. 422.
- On Wednesday through Friday (Nov. 8-10): Eastbound 422 will again be closed only over-nights, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., from the split with Benjamin Franklin Highway in Douglass (Berks County) to Route 100 in North Coventry (Chester County). The same detour will be used. In Stowe, only the eastbound ramp will be closed during the same periods.
Allow extra time when traveling through the work areas, PennDOT advised. Backups will occur, it said. All scheduled activities depend on the weather.
The work is part of a $35.5 million project to rebuild 422 on both existing and new alignments, reconfigure its Stowe interchange to a diamond configuration, remove and replace existing ramps and culverts, install new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) 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.
H & K Group Inc. of Schwenksville is the general contractor. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in late 2020.
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