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Chester Co - Widening of US 202 to improve travel in Chester County

Published On: Mar 26 2013 05:33:52 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 07 2014 03:25:42 PM CDT

updated 3/19/2014:

A traffic pattern change will go into effect Monday (March 24) on the U.S. Route 202 South off-ramp to Route 401 (Conestoga Road) in East Whiteland Township, for ramp and sound wall construction.

Beginning Monday (March 24), the exclusive right turn lane from Route 202’s southbound off-ramp to westbound Route 401 (Conestoga Road) will be closed and all left-and-right-hand turns from the ramp onto Route 401 (Conestoga Road) will be controlled at a stop sign. There will be a lane for both left and right turns at the intersection.

This traffic pattern on the Route 202 southbound off-ramp at Route 401 (Conestoga Road) will remain in place until the next stage of ramp construction starts later this year and a traffic signal is installed at the intersection.

The reconstruction of the off-ramp and the installation of a sound wall are part of PennDOT’s $63.3 million project to widen 2.5 miles of Route 202 to six lanes between the Route 401 and Route 30 interchanges. Crews are currently rebuilding and widening the southbound side of Route 202. Allan A. Myers, LP of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the project, which is scheduled to finish in May 2016.

This project, which began in April 2013, is the second and final mainline construction contract for PennDOT’s widening of 6.5 miles of Route 202 from just south of the Route 252 Interchange to the Route 30 Interchange.

The expansion of Route 202 from north of the Route 401 Interchange to the Route 252/Swedesford Road Interchange in Tredyffrin Township began in April 2011 and is scheduled to finish this fall. Richard E. Pierson Construction Company, Inc. of Woodstown, N.J. is the general contractor.

For more information on the improvement of Route 202 in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships, visit www.us202-300.com.

Motorists can check conditions on Route 202 and other major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.

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A project to expand 2.6 miles of U.S. Route 202 to six lanes to improve travel and reduce congestion in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, will begin Monday night, April 1.

This project is the final contract to go to construction for PennDOT’s program to expand 6.2 miles of Route 202 to six lanes from just south of the Chesterbrook Interchange in Tredyffrin Township to the Route 30 Interchange.

“The start of this second mainline contract is another positive step forward in our plan to transform Route 202 into a modern highway capable of moving travelers smoothly and safely through the Great Valley area of Chester County,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.

PennDOT’s contractor will reconstruct and widen Route 202 from four lanes to six between the Route 401 and Route 30 interchanges. This project is scheduled to finish in May 2016.

In addition to widening Route 202, crews will rebuild and improve the Route 202/Route 401 Interchange; reconstruct bridges over Route 401 and Planebrook Road; replace the bridge over Chester Valley Trail; erect three miles of sound walls; build a 32-space park-and-ride facility at the intersection of Route 322 and Lloyd Avenue in Caln Township; install Intelligent Transportation System components; plant landscaping; and build storm water management and mitigation sites.

Initially, crews will work the next two months to rebuild the outside shoulder on northbound Route 202 so it can support vehicular traffic during the next phase of construction. This operation will reduce northbound Route 202 to one lane Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Work next week will start just south of the Route 401 Interchange.

PennDOT advised motorists to drive with extra care and allow additional time for travel on Route 202 because slowdowns will occur in the single-lane pattern.

Allan A. Myers, LP of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $63,381,084 contract, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds. 

Phase one construction began in April 2011 and crews are actively working to widen four miles of Route 202 to six lanes from just south of the Chesterbrook Interchange to the Route 401 Interchange. This $105.4 million contract is scheduled to finish in mid-2014.

Route 202 carries an average of 76,000 to 71,000 vehicles a day between the Chesterbrook and Route 30 interchanges, respectively.

Visit www.us202-300.com for more information on this Route 202 improvement project.