King of Prussia, PA – The ramp from eastbound U.S. 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) is scheduled to close in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, beginning Monday, February 12, for construction on a new fly-over ramp at that interchange, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced. The ramp closure will be in place through late summer. During construction, motorists will be directed to continue eastbound on U.S. 422, exit at First Avenue and make a left on Gulph Road to reach Route 23 (Valley Forge Road). Drivers should allow additional time for travel near the construction zone because backups and delays will occur.
In addition, westbound U.S. 422 motorists will encounter lane closures and temporary stoppages as crews prepare to shift two lanes of westbound traffic onto the newly built westbound bridge over the Schuylkill River in Upper Merion and West Norriton townships.Weather permitting, from 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 13, to 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 14, right and left lane closures with periodic 15-minute traffic stoppages will occur on westbound U.S. 422 between the U.S. 202 and Oaks interchanges so crews can place barriers and perform temporary paving and line striping operations. By 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 14, westbound U.S. 422 traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed westbound bridge. In the event of inclement weather, this operation will be moved to the following night.
PennDOT plans to move two lanes of eastbound traffic over to the new multi-span bridge this summer to enable the contractor to remove the existing U.S. 422 structure and build a new bridge that will eventually carry eastbound traffic across the river.
The improvements at this interchange are part of a major project to build new, wider bridges to carry U.S. 422 motorists over the Schuylkill River, Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Trooper Road and Schuylkill River Trail in West Norriton, Upper Merion and Lower Providence townships. The scope of work on this project includes improving U.S. 422 between the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) interchanges; upgrading Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) at its interchange with U.S. 422; and improving ramps at the Route 363 (Trooper Road), Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) and First Avenue interchanges.
Construction on this improvement project began in February 2016 and is scheduled to finish in May 2020. J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $97.4 million project that is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.
For additional information on U.S. 422 improvement projects, visit www.422improvements.com. For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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