422 Work Near Oaks In Week Affects East, West Lanes

OAKS PA – Alternating left- and right-lane closures are planned on U.S. Route 422 in both directions, between its Oaks and U.S. Route 202 interchanges, beginning Monday night (Oct. 19, 2020) and continuing during the week under a project to build new, wider bridges for improved travel, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

In addition to replacing four bridges, the scope of work on this project includes rebuilding and widening one mile of 422 between its Route 23 and Route 363 interchanges, and upgrading the interchanges themselves. The work schedule runs:

Monday through Friday (Oct. 19-23) overnights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, with alternating left- and right-lane closures scheduled on westbound 422, for concrete grinding, pavement marking, and sign structure installation; and
Thursday (Oct. 22) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with alternating left- and right-lane closures scheduled on eastbound 422 for milling.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas. Backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities depend on acceptable weather. The work will comply with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance, as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan.

Construction on the $97.4 million project began in February 2016, and all original contract items are expected to be completed later this fall. J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA is the general contractor.

An additional work item – to repair deteriorated concrete pavement and resurface approximately 900 feet of 422 just west of the Route 363 interchange – is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The completion time for this operation will be dependent on the extent of the concrete in need of repair and weather conditions.

Graphic by U.S. Route 422 signage from Wikimedia, used within the public domain