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PROGRAM INFORMATION

U.S. 422 IN POTTSTOWN

Status of Project:  On-going 

Construction Start: September 2012 

Completion Date of all Proposed Sections: Estimated 2025 

Projected Cost:   

  • Section M01: $133.4M 

  • Section M02: $133.8M 

  • Section M03: $40M 

Contractor:   

  • Section M01: J.D. Eckman, Inc of Atglen (Chester County), PA 

  • Section M02:  J.D. Eckman, Inc of Atglen (Chester County), PA;  H&K Group, Skippack, PA 

  • Section M03: In the design phase.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

The planned improvements to U.S. 422 in the area of Pottstown are divided into three (3) main sections and described as follows:  M01, M02 and M03.  The total approximate length of these improvements is approximately seven (7) miles.  Within those main sections,  six (6) subsections were designated to facilitate the planning and design of major structures and the safe maintenance of traffic between sections and local approach points.  A description of the limits of each subsection of the project and the current update for that section is given below:

LATEST PRESS RELEASES
 
M01
M1A - PA ROUTE 724 INTERCHANGE TO NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD MAIN BRIDGE

 

Project Update-November 2018 (Project Complete) 
 

  • Let date: June 28, 2012 

  • Low bid by JD Eckman: $73.4 million 

  • Construction Started: September 4, 2012 

  • Completion Date: November 5, 2018 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The improvement plan in this location consists of reconstructing one mile of U.S. 422; replacing three bridges carrying the highway over the Schuylkill River (crossing #2), Norfolk Southern Railroad Spur and the Norfolk Southern Railroad mainline tracks; replacing one bridge carrying Armand Hammer Boulevard over U.S. 422; removing one existing structure carrying U.S. 422 over two ramps; and reconfiguring the Armand Hammer Boulevard Interchange from a trumpet configuration with tight loop ramps and indirect connection to a diamond configuration with a direct connection between Armand Hammer Boulevard and U.S. 422.   

 

The new Schuylkill River Bridge is a multi-girder superstructure and provides for a 14-foot-wide Schuylkill River Trail crossing separated by barrier from vehicular traffic.  A new traffic signal was provided at the intersection of Armand Hammer Boulevard and the eastbound on-and-off ramps at U.S. 422, while the existing traffic signal at the westbound U.S. 422 off-ramp and Industrial Highway was replaced.  Both signals will become part of the Pottstown Closed Loop Signal system.

M1B-NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD MAIN BRIDGE TO PARK ROAD NEAR THE SANATOGA INTERCHANGE

 

PROJECT UPDATE-FEBRUARY 2020

​Final design activities continue on this section of the  U.S. 422

improvements.  In order to expedite the work on the overall U.S.

422 improvement project, two (2) bridge replacements have been

‘removed’ from this section.The Pleasantview Road and Park Road

bridges have become Section MAB (Advanced Bridge). The design of

these bridges are complete; allowing the contractor to begin construction

on these bridges earlier than expected.  See Section MAB (below) for

schedule and description.

Final design activities are progressing on the remainder of the M1B section.  Hydraulic studies and foundation designs are soon to be completed for the Sanatoga Road and Porter Street bridge. Coordination with Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown on sanitary sewer and water line relocations required by the project and finalization of the right-of-way acquisition process continue.

Noise studies have been completed and meetings will be scheduled soon with residents.  Safety and ‘Incident Management’ protocols will be reviewed with first responders from the local community.

 

PROJECT COST & SCHEDULE

  • Estimated construction cost: $74 million 

  • Earliest anticipated Bidding Date: October 2020 

  • Estimated Construction Start: Spring 2021

  • Anticipated construction duration: 4 years 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This easternmost section consists of the reconstruction of approximately 1.7 miles of expressway including two bridges carrying U.S. 422 over Porter Road and  Sanatoga Road / Sanatoga Creek.  One culvert at Sproegels Run, located just east of Porter Road, will be removed and a new two-span structure will be built over Porter Road and Sproegels 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 (ITS) elements will be deployed on the U.S. 422 corridor allowing for the integrated use of technology for the assessment of vehicle movement, motorists alerts, queue detection, etc.

MAB-PLEASANTVILLE ROAD BRIDGE & PARK ROAD BRIDGE
(Advanced Bridge Work within Section M1B)

 

PROJECT UPDATE-FEBRUARY 2020


Contractor bids for this section are due on February 27th

PROJECT COST & SCHEDULE
  • Estimated construction cost: $8.3 million 

  • Estimated Construction Start: April 2020

  • Anticipated construction duration: 1 year

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

With the recent completion of Section M1A, PennDOT has created an ‘Advanced Bridge’ portion of Section M1B.  The Pleasantville Road bridge and the Park Road bridge replacement projects within Section M1B have been readied for early construction which will:  1. Allow the contractor to move from completed M1A to MAB with no measureable ‘down time’.  (Maximizing efficiency.), and 2.  Reduce the overall construction time for Section M1B.

Park Road Bridge will be completed using staged construction.  Pleasantview Road Bridge traffic control measures will allow for one lane continuously open during construction.

 
M02
M2A - SCHUYLKILL RIVER BRIDGE CROSSING #1

 

PROJECT COMPLETED

PROJECT UPDATE-FEBRUARY 2020

Wetland and stream restoration work associated with this completed project has

been monitored since the completion of the project.  Final monitoring report has

been prepared and submitted to DEP for approval.

Bidding Date: September 11, 2014 

  • Low bid by J.D. Eckman: $36.2 million 

  • Construction Started: November 3, 2014 

  • Completion Date: September 20, 2018 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

This section of the U.S. 422 improvements consists of the replacement of the dual bridges carrying U.S. 422 over the Schuylkill River between the Route 100 and Stowe interchanges.  The three-staged improvement plan consisted of replacing the existing westbound U.S. 422 structure, then replacing the eastbound U.S.  422 bridge, and finally rebuilding the roadway center median on both approaches.  The new U.S. 422 crossing is 924 feet long and 95 feet wide.  The concrete beam structure will carry two 12-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot outside shoulder and an 8-foot inside shoulder.  This previous structure was a fracture critical bridge.  In 2003, a crack was found in a girder carrying eastbound U.S. 422, requiring closure of the bridge followed by emergency repair work. 

M2B-Schuylkill River Bridge Crossing #1 to Keim Street Interchange

​PROJECT UPDATE-FEBRUARY 2020

​​Design activities are progressing along with the completion of the

environmental site assessments and coordination with the Federal

Highway Administration on federal bridge design components. 

Coordination continues with North Coventry Township on traffic control issues and

cultural evaluation of River Bend Park. Design engineers completing soil

infiltration testing and value engineering with emphasis on stormwater

design requirements.  Anticipated construction start has been revised to

Spring 2024.

New traffic information is being incorporated into the Final Design Noise Study and the traffic control plan is under review since the full-depth reconstruction of all ramps within the project limits may require longer ramp detour duration.

Anticipated construction start has been revised to Spring 2024.

PROJECT COST & SCHEDULE

  • Estimated construction cost - $84 million

  • Earliest anticipated Bidding Date - Winter 2023

  • Estimated Construction Start – Spring 2024

  • Anticipated construction duration: 4 years

PROJECT DESCRIPTION​

​This section consists of the reconstruction of 1.5 miles of U.S. 422 including the replacement of three bridges carrying U.S. 422 over Laurelwood Road, PA 100, and Hanover Street; reconstruction of ramps at PA 100 and Hanover Street Interchanges; and the improvement of outer acceleration and deceleration lanes at the PA 100 and Hanover Street Interchanges to meet current design standards.

M2C-Berks County Line to Schuylkill River Crossing #1 Including the Stowe Interchange
 

PROJECT UPDATE-FEBRUARY 2020

​The final reconnection of the east and west bound roadways took

place on October 19, 2019---bringing this section to full completion.

PROJECT COST & SCHEDULE

  • Project Under Construction

  • Bidding Date: June 22, 2017

  • Low bid by H&K Group - $35.6 million

  • Construction Started: August 7, 2017

  • Anticipated Completion Date: October 19, 2019

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project involves the reconfiguration of the “S-curve” along

U.S. 422 and the improvement of the Stowe Interchange. The Stowe Interchange will be realigned from the existing trumpet

configuration with tight loop ramps to a diamond configuration. 

The horizontal radii comprising the Stowe “S-curve” will be increased to meet current design standards including stopping sight distance. The bridge carrying eastbound on-and-off ramps over U.S. 422 at the Stowe Interchange will be reconstructed with the realigned interchange and will provide 16 feet 6 inches of vertical clearance with U.S. 422.  Structural improvements also include the replacement of one culvert.  ITS elements along U.S. 422 west of Hanover Street Interchange will be deployed under this project.

 
M03
M03-Keim Street Interchange to PA Route 724 Interchange
 

PROJECT UPDATE-FEBRUARY 2020

​Design efforts continue on this section with safety studies, design filed view plans and

design exceptions being prepared for approvals. Keim Street bridge is a Montgomery

County-owned bridge; coordination efforts required between roadway and bridge

design. Environmental site assessments are underway along with cultural resource

inventories.  Anticipated construction start has been revised to Spring 2024.

Final Design started in February 2019

PROJECT COST & SCHEDULE

  • Estimated construction cost - $59.3 million

  • Earliest anticipated Bidding Date– Spring 2026

  • Anticipated construction duration: 3 years

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

​Plans for this area include the reconstruction of U.S. 422 Interchanges from 1,500 feet west of Keim Street to the Schuylkill River Bridge Crossing #2 including two bridges, concrete glare screen, and acceleration and deceleration lanes at the Keim Street and PA 724 Interchanges in North Coventry Township.

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