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Lane Changes Prepare For New 422 Bridge Usage

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Contractors and their work crews will spend an overnight period next week preparing lane changes between U.S. Route 202 and Oaks that will move westbound U.S. Route 422 traffic onto a newly built bridge over the Schuylkill River, according to the King Of Prussia office of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Depending on the weather PennDOT plans right and left lane closures, with periodic 15-minute traffic stoppages, to occur between Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2018) at 8 p.m. and Wednesday (Feb. 14) at 6 a.m. from 202 to Oaks so crews can place barriers and perform temporary paving and line striping operations. Westbound 422 traffic is expected to be shifted onto the new westbound bridge by early Wednesday.

In the event of inclement weather, the operation will be moved to the following night.

Later this summer PennDOT plans to also move two lanes of eastbound traffic over to the new multi-span bridge. That will enable its contractor to remove the existing U.S. 422 structure, and build a new eastbound bridge to eventually carry eastbound traffic across the river.

Other lane and ramp closures planned

In addition to the overnight lane closures on westbound 422, there will be lane restrictions on eastbound 422 and short-term and long-term ramp closures at Route 23. That work is scheduled for:

  • Monday afternoon (Feb. 12), when the ramp from eastbound 422 to 23 is scheduled to close for construction of a new fly-over ramp at that interchange. The ramp closure will be in place through late summer. During construction, drivers will be directed to continue eastbound on 422, exit at First Avenue, and make a left on Gulph Road to reach 23;
  • Monday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, to close a right lane on eastbound 422 between interchanges at Routes 363 and 23; and
  • Tuesday (Feb. 13) from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, to close the ramp from westbound 23 to westbound 422. During construction, westbound 23 drivers will be directed to take the ramp to eastbound 422, exit at First Avenue, turn left onto Gulph Road, and right on 23 to access the ramp to westbound U.S. 422.

Drivers should allow additional time for travel near the construction zones because backups and delays will occur.

Construction on this improvement project began in February 2016 and is scheduled to finish in May 2020.

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