Update: Changes Delay 422 Ramp Work by Two Days
LIMERICK PA – Schedule revisions for the start of construction-related activities on a new westbound U.S. Route 422 ramp at its Sanatoga interchange were announced Wednesday afternoon (April 14, 2021) by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Work to set up safety barriers and do line-striping will begin two days later than initially planned, PennDOT reported, and extend over a three-day period rather than two. Some pavement repairs also have been added to its to-do list.
The changed schedule shows contractors will impose lane closures to tackle those chores, in three stages, on:
- April 22 (Thursday), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
- April 26 (Monday), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and
- April 28 (Wednesday), from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
If any of the planned work is postponed due to rain, it “will take place the following day during the same time period,” PennDOT added. The agency apologized for any inconvenience the changes might cause. It did not explain why they were necessary.
A story published Wednesday morning by The Post reported on PennDOT’s original two-day schedule for the work. It appears below:
Work Starts April 20 at Sanatoga for 422 West Ramp
LIMERICK PA – Work to build a new and long-sought ramp from Evergreen Road to westbound U.S. Route 422, intended to decrease accidents and relieve peak congestion in traffic involving the Philadelphia Premium Outlets and other locations on the highway’s south side, is expected to get under way April 20 (2021; Tuesday), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation indicated.
Lane closures for westbound travelers approaching the Sanatoga interchange (at top) in Limerick Township will occur April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and April 21 (Wednesday) from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, so crews can erect temporary barriers and perform line-striping operations ahead of five months of planned construction, it said.
The new ramp will be erected behind the barriers. Westbound 422 traffic will shift to make that happen, but two lanes will be available at all times, PennDOT added. Limerick Township is conducting the project under a PennDOT highway occupancy permit.
Lower Pottsgrove Township, which partnered with Limerick to obtain multi-million dollar grant funding for the ramp – from which both municipalities benefit – expects some kind of formal ground-breaking ceremony will be held to commemorate the occasion, township Manager Ed Wagner recently told its Board of Commissioners. Details on when and where are not yet available.
Wagner indicated the work is likely to proceed quickly because a majority of the construction will be “off the road,” he said. A pre-construction meeting was held in March, and officials are looking toward a fall – September or October – completion date.
A portion of Evergreen Road between West Lightcap and Rupert roads has for years been the site of motor vehicle accidents and backups as drivers exit the shopping areas at Sanatoga Springs (Costco) and the outlets and attempt to head west. At one point PennDOT declined to authorize any additional new commercial or residential development surrounding the interchange until the traffic problem was addressed.
Drivers are being urged to allow extra time when traveling through the work area, because backups and delays will occur. The work schedule depends on acceptable weather.
Map supplied to The Post by PennDOT