King of Prussia, PA – The first of two Express Lane traffic shifts is scheduled to begin next weekend on U.S. 202 in East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships, Chester County, for construction related to the rehabilitation of two bridges over Amtrak rail lines near the U.S. 30 Interchange, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The work schedule is:
Monday, May 15, from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, lane closures are scheduled on southbound U.S. 202 between the U.S. 30 and Boot Road interchanges;
Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 AM the following morning, lane closures are scheduled on northbound and southbound U.S. 202 between the Boot Road and U.S. 30 interchanges. During these times, the first Express Lane traffic shift will begin to move the left lane of northbound traffic to the southbound side of U.S. 202, where concrete barriers will separate it from southbound traffic. During the Express Lane traffic shift, northbound U.S. 202 motorists will not have access to the exit ramp to U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue). The detour will direct northbound U.S. 202 motorists to continue to the Route 401 (Conestoga Road) Interchange and turn right onto Route 401 (Conestoga Road) to reach U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue).
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction area because slowdowns may occur. The work schedule is weather dependent.
The work is part of a $26.4 million project to complete the final phase of the U.S. 202 Section 300 improvement project, which includes the rehabilitation of two bridges over Amtrak rail lines.
Crews will repair the six-span twin structures by upgrading the support piers; replacing the bridge decks and walls; constructing a retaining wall to stabilize the embankment, rehabilitating existing concrete pavement north of the bridges; and installing new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment.
In order to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction on U.S. 202, PennDOT is building the project in five stages and utilizing the Express Lane traffic shift in both directions.
Once the rehabilitation of the northbound bridge is completed in mid-2018, three lanes of traffic — two northbound lanes and a southbound express lane — will be shifted to the rebuilt northbound bridge. The southbound bridge will then be reconstructed one half-at-a-time.
A final construction stage will remove the crossovers and restore the median to complete the project in fall 2019.
In addition to rehabilitating the two U.S. 202 bridges, the improvement project includes restoring U.S. 202’s concrete pavement near the U.S. 30 Interchange; rehabilitating the bridge carrying Morstein Road over U.S. 202 in East Goshen Township, Chester County; and installing new highway signs and Dynamic Message System (DMS) structures on U.S. 202 and U.S. 30 in Tredyffrin, East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships, Chester County, and U.S. 202 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.
Allan A Myers, Inc. of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $26,370,555 project which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
For more information, visit www.US202-300.com
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