Contractor Prepares for Route 422 Overnight Closures
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Workers for H&K Group Inc. in Skippack, the general contractor replacing bridges across U.S. Route 422 at South Park and South Pleasant View roads in Lower Pottsgrove, were busy Monday (Nov. 22, 2021). They’re preparing for next week’s scheduled overnight-only closure of all lanes on both sides of the expressway from its interchange at Armand Hammer Boulevard to Sanatoga.
East- and west-bound lanes on 422 between the two points are planned to be closed and detoured nightly by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from Monday (Nov. 29, 2021) through Dec. 3 (Friday) between midnight and 5 a.m. That gives crews the ability to continue the bridge replacement work valued at $7.1 million.
During the overnight closure, eastbound 422 drivers will be directed to use Armand Hammer Boulevard and High Street to access the expressway at Rupert Road. Westbound U.S. 422 motorists will be directed to exit at the Sanatoga interchange and use High Street and Armand Hammer Boulevard to access the expressway.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through or near the work area. Backups and delays will occur, PennDOT reported. Its scheduled activities depend on acceptable weather.
Construction activity was prominent Monday at about 1 p.m. at South Park Road. Workers prepared steel forms (at top) to hold poured concrete that will create a portion of the bridge foundation on its northeast side. Towering cranes (above) added massive weights to their platforms, enabling them to carefully lift and place structural steel that will support the bridge deck. And it all occurred as traffic zipped past the bridge on both sides (below).
Replacement of the South Pleasant View Road and South Park Road bridges is being done ahead of starting a separate project to reconstruct 422 between the Sanatoga Interchange and Porter Road. The entire project is expected to finish in late 2022.
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