422 improvements is your location to find information on improvements being made along the US 422 Corridor.
Construction Continues on Two New Bridges Over the Schuylkill near Pottstown:
Construction is underway this fall on two bridges carrying U.S. 422 over the Schuylkill River in Montgomery and Chester counties, one east and one west of Route 100 near Pottstown.
On U.S. 422 east of Route 100, eastbound and westbound traffic was shifted from the original span to the completed new eastbound bridge in mid summer. The new span is located between the Armand Hammer Boulevard and Route 724 interchanges. Crews then demolished about half of the western portion of the original bridge and began work on the abutment and support piers for that section of the new crossing. Pier construction will continue through the fall and into 2016.
West of Route 100 (Section M2A)
With one lane of eastbound and westbound traffic riding on the old eastbound bridge, crews fin-ished demolition of the old westbound structure in mid-summer and have set bridge deck beams for about one third of the westbound side of the new span. The bridge is located west of the Route 100 interchange. Deck construction is proceeding on this section of the new bridge and will continue through the fall.
Across the river, work continues on support piers for the western third of the new bridge. Those piers will carry the span from an abutment on the west bank several hundred feet into the stream bed. Pier construction in this area is expected to finish in late October. Crews will then set bridge deck beams and begin to build the superstructure.
The middle portion of the new westbound span — including construction of one in-stream pier — will be built in 2016. When completed in mid-2016, two lanes of traffic (one eastbound, one westbound) will be shifted from the old bridge to the new westbound bridge. The vacated old eastbound span will then be demolished and rebuilt as the eastbound half of the new bridge.
Concrete paving will be placed later this fall for approximately 800 feet of U.S. 422 westbound approaching the new span. The approach on the west side of the new bridge will be built follow-ing completion of a retaining wall that will support the embankment on that side of the river.
New Trail Bridge: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is starting construction to build a new four-span pedestrian/bicycle trail bridge over the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP). The trail bridge will enhance bicycle and pedestrian travel and provide a safe, regional connection between the Schuylkill River Trail and the trail system within VFNHP. The new bridge will be a pre-stressed concrete structure that is 14 feet wide and 604 feet long. Construction is scheduled to finish in May 2016.
The new trail bridge will improve recreational opportunities, expand bicycle commuter options, improve access for VFNHP visitors and promote green travel patterns. It will provide a vastly improved route for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the Schuylkill River when traveling between VFNHP and the Schuylkill River Trail, and allow for a connection with a future Upper Merion Township Trail on the south side of the Schuylkill River. Citizens today cross the Schuylkill River by walking on a narrow boardwalk path on the west side of the Route 422 bridge. This path, which is 4 feet, 6 inches wide, has been in place on Route 422 since the Old Betzwood Bridge was removed in 1995.
Due to Act 89, Pennsylvania’s new transportation funding plan, PennDOT is advancing the project to rebuild and widen the U.S. 422 bridges over the Schuylkill River, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Indian Lane and the Schuylkill River Trail in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships, Montgomery County. This improvement is part of the Schuylkill River Crossing Complex of transportation improvement projects.
The Schuylkill River Crossing Complex consists of four separate projects to improve multi-modal travel and reduce congestion between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23(Valley Forge Road) interchanges. The focal point of this program is the replacement and expansion of the U.S. 422 bridges and the widening of one mile of U.S. 422 between the Route 363 and Route 23 interchanges. This project, with an estimated construction cost of $110 million, is currently in engineering design. Construction is expected to start in early 2016. Without the passage of Act 89, construction would not have begun before 2018.
Each day 83,000 vehicles travel on U.S. 422’s four-lane structures, along with pedestrians and bicyclists who use the protected path alongside the highway’s eastbound lanes to cross the Schuylkill River. Traffic backups occur weekdays on U.S. 422 in the area of this Schuylkill River crossing. The plan is to build new structures to carry U.S. 422 westbound traffic over the Schuylkill River, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Indian Lane and the Schuylkill River Trail. The existing U.S. 422 bridges will be rebuilt to provide new structures for eastbound travelers.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation began preliminary construction activity in October 2013 on the $16.8 million project to improve the U.S. Route 422/Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norriton and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County, by building two additional ramps and making infrastructure enhancements.
This interchange improvement is part of the U.S. 422 Schuylkill River Crossing Complex of projects that are designed to improve travel along Route 422. Interchange construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2015.
This site is a commuter’s source for information on Route 422 projects, timelines for construction, hours of work, and any posted detours.