Two-Week Lane Closure Planned On 422 West

SANATOGA PA – The right lane on U.S. Route 422 westbound, between its Sanatoga and Route 724 interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove, will be closed weekdays during the next two weeks so a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contractor can place 27 concrete beams on the new bridge being built over the Schuylkill River, the department reported Friday (April 8, 2016).

Crews will work from Tuesday (April 12) through Friday (April 15), and from April 18 (Monday) through April 22 (Friday) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for the lane closure when traveling through the area because backups may occur, PennDOT said.

The operations are part of the agency’s $73.3 million project to rebuild 1.6 miles of 422 between the Sanatoga and 724 (Schuylkill Road) interchanges, and construct new bridges over the river and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. Construction on the entire project is scheduled to finish in October 2018. J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA is the general contractor.

As part of the entire project, PennDOT also is rebuilding 422 from the Schuylkill River bridge to the Porter Road overpass, installing new median barriers, replacing the Armand Hammer Boulevard bridge over 422, improving and realigning ramps at the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange, and reconstructing and realigning the ramp from 724 to 422 eastbound.

Additionally, it is improving storm water drainage, erecting three overhead sign structures, installing conduit for future intelligent transportation equipment, and installing new guide rail and signs.

Intelligent transportation technology in Pennsylvania, according to Carnegie Mellon University, anticipates the future introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles are equipped to navigate without the aid of a driver; connected vehicles will broadcast their location, speed, and other information to nearby vehicles that can then alert their drivers to impending problems.

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