422 Sound Barriers Considered in Lower Pottsgrove

SANATOGA PA – Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation is considering the installation of sound-proofing barriers near the roadside edge of residential communities that line U.S. Route 422 within Lower Pottsgrove, so property owners and tenants there can enjoy a little more peace and quiet, township Manager Ed Wagner advised the Board of Commissioners at its meeting.

The plan is taking shape along portions, and not the entirety, of Section M1B of the four-lane limited-access highway, according to recently received correspondence with the township. It was briefly discussed Monday (Feb. 1, 2021) during the board’s virtual session.

PennDOT’s “422 Improvements” website describes the section as generally between a Norfolk Southern railroad bridge and Park Road. The page also notes PennDOT “noise studies have been completed, and meetings will be scheduled soon with residents.” Some of those discussions are already under way with some communities’ homeowner associations, Wagner indicated.

The plan, he said, was to establish barriers “in bits and pieces” near communities that include the Maple Glen, Maple Ridge, Hilltop Mobile Estates, and possibly others. Construction materials to be used were described as “similar” to those installed near 422 in Betzwood, just west of King of Prussia. Few other details were immediately available.

Construction on M1B is scheduled to start in Spring 2021, the webpage stated. However, because designs were completed earlier than expected, replacement of the South Pleasant View Road and Park Road bridges across 422 and within the scope of M1B began in October 2020.

Also from the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting:
Township Amends Retirement Plan for Some Future Hires
422 Sound Barriers Considered in Lower Pottsgrove
Township Police Had Busiest January in Three Years
Bid Documents Needed for Township Municipal Campus
Update: Human Remains in Lower Pottsgrove Identified

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