Trouble Getting Home Wednesday? Blame A Buckle
AT ALMOST A STANDSTILL FOR HOURS – Vehicles of all makes, models and sizes literally crawled Wednesday (June 17, 2015) at a snail’s pace along U.S. Route 422 westbound, between the Route 202 intersection in King of Prussia and Route 29, because Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials said several days of high heat caused concrete to buckle just before 422’s Phoenixville-Collegeville interchange ramp. The dangerous roadway condition occurred shortly after 2 p.m. and warranted immediate repair from PennDOT crews. They removed the damaged concrete (at left and top right) and replaced it with a gravel base and asphalt topping. During repairs and while the fix cured, however, passing traffic was reduced to a portion of the right lane and its shoulder (right center). The resulting traffic snarl at rush hour (right bottom) prompted many drivers to abandon the four-lane limited access highway when and where they could, resulting in clogs on smaller side roads. Several drivers who were stuck and couldn’t exit said they spent hours getting home in a commute that usually takes 45 minutes. Normal travel resumed about 6-1/2 hours later, at about 8:30 p.m.