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What Is the 4-1-1 on Route 422?

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What's the plan with construction on Route 422? And when will it all be over?  Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
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You sit in the traffic constantly. But, what’s the real 4-1-1 on 422? The Route 4222 Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project dubbed “The Schuylkill River Crossing Complex” includes a multitude of facets. The overall project requires many, smaller projects to be completed along the way. So where do things stand?

The $16.8 interchange improvement is aimed to improve travel on Route 422, especially near the Trooper Road/Route 363 interchange. The overall project is not estimated to be over until the Fall of 2015.

The biggest change will be a new off-ramp from the eastbound lanes of Route 422 onto Route 363 (Trooper Road). There will also be an on-ramp from Route 363 to westbound 422.

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Drivers currently are forced to use the Egypt Road access point in Oaks to be able to leave the Eagleville, accessing those lanes. The traffic changes aim to lessen traffic along an overly busy Egypt Road.

As previously reported by LP TAP, a recent PennDOT transportation survey proved area residents had the greatest safety concerns in and around Egypt Road. What space proved second most concerning? Trooper Road’s interchange with 422.

“The two additional ramps will complete the interchange, allow drivers to make moves in all directions when traveling between the state highways and relieve congestion,” reports 422Improvments.com, a site dedicated to keeping drivers informed.

In addition to the new ramps, realignment is required to the existing Route 363/Trooper Road on-ramp to Route 422 east. That portion alone will require a new retaining wall and sound wall along the new eastbound Route 422 off-ramp. Additional work includes:

·      Repairs to existing 422W off-ram to Route 363

·      Build a retaining wall on the new on-ramp to 422W

·      Widen Route 363 through to Audubon Road

·      Rehabilitate the Route 363 bridge over 422

·      Widen Audubon Road to include an additional turn and merge lanes

·      Build a sidewalk along Route 363

·      Install new traffic signals

·      Add new curb ramps

During construction, PennDOT has said that it will not close roadways other than during the overnight hours.

“Two travel lanes will be maintained in each direction on Route 422 through the interchange during construction with possible lane closures during off-peak hours,” said the state’s site.

Still undetermined dates are scheduled to close other roadways.

“Lane closures will occur on Route 363/Trooper Road during construction and the project includes a weekend-long closure of the westbound Route 422 off-ramp to Route 363 and a six-day closure of Audubon Road,” said the 422 Improvements site.

The project is being completed for PennDOT by J.D. Eckman Inc., a Chester County-based contractor. Its cost of $16,857,533 is slated to be financed 100 percent by federal government funding.

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