Bids to be Sought for 422 Sanatoga Ramp Construction

LIMERICK PA – Proposed construction of a new westbound traffic on-ramp at the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422, a project on which Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships have worked for about a decade, is “still on budget” and potentially headed for completion by October 2021, Limerick Manager Daniel Kerr told the township Board of Supervisors during its meeting Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2020).

The board, which gathered at the West Ridge Pike municipal building and participated in an live simulcast on the township Facebook page, approved advertising during October (2020) for bids on the “Sanatoga Interchange Improvements.” If all goes as planned, Kerr said, bids could be awarded in November, and an estimated nine months of construction work could be finished by late next year.

Kerr thanked Sanatoga-based Traffic Planning and Design Inc. for continuing to keep on top of details involved in the project, which has been under discussion since 2008. Its cost will be covered in part by a $2.1 million federal grant combined with matching funding from both townships, he reminded the board.

The ramp is expected to allow traffic leaving Costco and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets on Evergreen Road, as well as traffic from future development in the area, to easily reach 422 West headed toward Pottstown. Currently, traffic must turn left and cross Evergreen’s southbound lane to reach the four-lane, limited-access 422. The location has repeatedly been the scene of vehicular accidents.

Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick also are collaborating on construction of an eastbound ramp to relieve congestion at Evergreen. The cost of that project ranges up to $4.5 million, Kerr added, but so far “no federal funding is available yet.”

Photo of a graphic from Limerick Township