Ground-Breaking Over, Work Starts on 422 Ramp

Ground-Breaking Over, Work Starts on 422 Ramp

LIMERICK PA – Municipal leaders in adjacent Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships have completed ceremonial ground-breaking exercises (above), they said Thursday (June 10, 2021) in a joint statement, to mark an official start of the first of two anticipated projects to relieve traffic congestion and increase safety at the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422.

Getting under way immediately is construction for a new westbound on-ramp (at top) that will eliminate the existing left-turn movement of vehicles entering 422 westbound from Evergreen Road. That site has been the scene of repeated accidents. The roughly $2 million project includes design, permitting and construction done in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

It is expected to be completed by November (2021).

Ahead in the future, but lacking a specific start date, is an eastbound off-ramp from 422 to Evergreen Road. The townships have already started preliminary planning for that next phase, and are jointly applying for grants to cover its estimated $4 million cost, the statement noted.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority is playing a significant role with funding for the westbound off-ramp project, which will be built by Construction Masters Services Inc. of Sinking Springs PA. Its winning bid of $1,424,912 is covered by an authority grant. The municipalities are providing a required 30-percent match of that money.

“This new ramp has been in the works for well over a decade,” Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ President Bruce Foltz acknowledged. “It could not have happened if not for the positive working relationship between Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove.”

Limerick’s strength in long-term planning has yielded “many positive improvements to our community, such as this new ramp,” Limerick Board of Supervisors’ Chair Kara Shuler added. She thanked PennDOT for its support, and welcomed working “with Lower Pottsgrove, (which) shares our pro-active approach to the future challenges facing our municipalities.”

Both Shuler and Foltz praised the townships’ combined effort to “achieve significant improvements that help our constituents without relying solely on the use of local taxes.”

Sanatoga-based Traffic Planning and Design Inc. completed the full design and obtained all necessary permits. It also is assisting both municipalities with grant administration during the construction.

  • Seen in the ground-breaking, above from left, are Lower Pottsgrove’s township Manager Edward Wagner, Commissioner Robert W. Mohollen, and board President Foltz; Limerick’s board Chair Shuler, Supervisor Patrick M. Morroney, township Manager Daniel K. Kerr; Traffic Planning and Design Vice President Joseph Platt, P.E.; and Construction Masters Services’ Project Manager Tom Paisley

Ground-breaking and project rendering (at top) images supplied by Limerick Township