South Pleasant View Road Closes Monday, Detours 422 Overnight Traffic

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Detour directional signs are posted in preparation for the months-long closing Monday (Oct. 12, 2020) of a portion of South Pleasant View Road in Lower Pottsgrove, between Princeton Avenue and Sanatoga Station Road, for the demolition and replacement of its bridge across U.S. Route 422 (at top).

The demolition work, conducted overnights Monday through Friday until Oct. 30, will cause 422 traffic in both directions to be re-routed, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

East- and westbound 422 will be closed and detoured weeknights from midnight to 5 a.m. between its Armand Hammer Boulevard and Sanatoga interchanges. Eastbound drivers must use Armand Hammer Boulevard and High Street to reach the expressway at Rupert Road. Westbound, they’ll be directed to exit at the Sanatoga interchange and use High Street and Armand Hammer Boulevard to regain 422 access.

A similar bridge that carries South Park Road over 422, also in the township, is being demolished and replaced as well. It closed Sept. 22. However that work is being done in sections, with single-lane passage on South Park controlled by traffic lights, through November 2021.

Replacement of the South Pleasant View and South Park bridges is work being done as a preface to a later project that will involve re-building 422 between its Sanatoga interchange and Porter Road, PennDOT noted.

Once the South Pleasant View bridge is removed, the affected portion of that road will remain closed around the clock through July 2021 to install the new bridge. During the closure, South Pleasant View drivers will be detoured over High Street, Evergreen Road, and Sanatoga Station Road, the agency added.

The South Pleasant View closure was a brief discussion item during Monday’s (Oct. 5) meeting of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners. Manager Ed Wagner reported the township had made arrangements with the Limerick Fire Department to assist with potential emergency coverage if needed at or beyond the southern end of the road.

As usual, PennDOT advised drivers to allow extra time when traveling through or near the work areas. It predicted because backups and delays would occur. All scheduled activities depend on acceptable weather. Work on this project will comply with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance, as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan.

H&K Group Inc. of Skippack is the general contractor on the $7.1 million project, which is expected to finish in its entirety during late 2022.

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