Limerick Accepts Bid for Sanatoga 422 Ramp Improvements

LIMERICK PA – The cost of building a new westbound traffic on-ramp at the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422 came in about $300,000 below budget, the Limerick Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday night (Dec. 15, 2020), before awarding a $1.425 million bid for the job to Construction Masters Services LLC.

The PennDOT-approved “prime contractor,” based in Sinking Spring PA outside Reading, was one of six companies competing for the work, according to township Manager Daniel Kerr. Of them, three presented proposals that were within $40,000 of the winning amount when bid envelopes were opened about two weeks ago, he added. Kerr praised Traffic Planning and Design Inc. of Sanatoga for its work on the project to date.

The Sanatoga Interchange Improvements, as they’re called, will 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 highway.

The location has repeatedly been the scene of motor vehicle accidents.

Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships have collaborated for more than a decade to reach this point. Discussions started back in 2008. If the work proceeds without complications, the new ramp could be opened by October 2021.

The cost is being covered in part by a $2.1 million federal grant, combined with matching funding from both townships. The federal money helps pay for construction expenses, and also covers the cost of providing full-time inspectors required for continual monitoring and oversight of the work. That job was given Tuesday to Traffic Planning and Design, which Kerr and supervisors agreed was well-versed in all aspects of the project.

The interchange project, due to begin early next year, represents a portion of what PennDOT believes must be installed to ensure safety and proper traffic flow there. Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick also are combining efforts for construction of a PennDOT-recommended eastbound ramp to relieve congestion at Evergreen. The cost of that project ranges up to $4.5 million. No federal funding for it has been identified so far.

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