New 422 West Ramp Work Begins at Sanatoga Exit
LIMERICK PA – As predicted by Limerick Manager Dan Kerr, the long-anticipated start of construction for the ramp from Evergreen Road to westbound U.S. Route 422 got under way Tuesday (June 1, 2021). Kerr last month told the township Board of Supervisors he expected the work would begin sometime “after Memorial Day.” He could not have hit the mark much closer.
Earth-moving equipment and contractors’ employees could be seen during the day making preparations to keep traffic flowing along Evergreen, and keep workers protected from hazards, while the effort proceeds.
The ramp improvements will allow traffic leaving Costco, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, and future development in the Evergreen Road area to easily reach 422 West, headed toward Pottstown. Currently, traffic must cross Evergreen’s southbound lane to reach 422. The location has been the site of motor vehicle accidents that the new ramp is intended to eliminate.
A series of short delays, due in part to other construction efforts being staged from the northeast side of the Sanatoga interchange at 422, pushed back progress on the project from April, Kerr noted. The ramp had been anticipated to open in October (2021); it’s now slated to be ready by mid-November and the start of the holiday shopping season.
The delays created a minor expense, however, Kerr reported during Tuesday night’s supervisors’ meeting. Re-scheduling the “mobilization” of crews and equipment needed for the job added slightly more than $7,000 to the project’s roughly $1.4 million cost. It required a change order that the board readily approved. The additional amount will be paid from grant money awarded for the project.
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