LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Work on the first of three sections of U.S. Route 422 Project M1B, which involves 1.7 miles of highway and bridge reconstruction over Porter Road, Sanatoga Road, and Sanatoga Creek, is scheduled to begin later this year.
It will NOT involve the section of 422 between Keim Street and the Route 724 interchange, which was initially cited in error in an April 17 (2023) media release issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The inaccuracy was compounded by The Post, which repeated it in a story published Friday (May 5).
The PennDOT release properly named the upcoming project, but instead of describing the Porter Road section it incorrectly referenced the Keim-to-724 stretch. A department official in a Friday morning e-mail to The Post acknowledged the PennDOT release made “an error for sure.” The Keim-to-724 section remains in its design phase, and probably will not be ready anytime soon.
The correct description of the section, with work due to start this fall, is:
“U.S. 422: Norfolk Southern Mainline Railroad to Park Road (U.S. 422, Section M1B), letting this fall. Reconstruction of approximately 1.7 miles of expressway including two bridges carrying U.S. 422 over Porter Road, and Sanatoga Road and Sanatoga Creek. One culvert at Sprogels Run, located just east of Porter Road, will be removed and a new two-span structure will be built over Porter Road and Sprogels Run. U.S. 422 will be reconstructed on both existing and new alignments to meet current design standards for horizontal radii, shoulder widths, and vertical clearance. The acceleration lane for the westbound on-ramp from the Sanatoga Interchange will also be improved. Intelligent Transportation System elements will be deployed on the U.S. 422 corridor.”
The Post erred too, by republishing the incorrect PennDOT reference. The Post failed to heed its own earlier reporting on the same subject, in which it cited Lower Pottsgrove Township as authorizing PennDOT to “relocate a sanitary sewer line at no cost to local taxpayers” as part of the coming Porter Road project.
The Post regrets its role in the error, and thanks one of its diligent readers and the communications office of PennDOT District 6, for helping to correct the record.
The erroneous story has been removed from circulation, and this one substituted in its place.
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