U.S. 202 - 600

ROUTE 309 TO JOHNSON HIGHWAY

U.S. 202 Improvement Program Map

This project consists of widening and reconstructing 9.1 miles of S.R. 202 by adding travel lanes in each direction between Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough and Route 309 in Montgomery Township: two lanes northbound and one lane southbound and a center turn lane from Johnson Highway to Swede Road. North of Swede Rd. to Route 309, two through lanes in each direction and a center turn lane, with the center turn lane eliminated in sensitive areas with minimal access needs. The project also includes a five-foot bicycle lane adjacent to the curb, sidewalk improvements, the reconstruction of bridges and culverts, construction of sound walls and retaining walls, intersections improvements, new traffic signals, signal interconnect, and offline improvements. Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) which consists of video cameras/detection and dynamic message signs (DMS) are also incorporated. 

 

In order to address concerns with constructability and funding, the project was divided into four mainline construction sections: 61S, 61N, 65S, 65N; two (2) offline intersection improvement projects: S.R.3001, Section OFF and S.R. 2016, Section OFF; and one (1) stormwater management offsite mitigation project: S.R. 0073, Section 6SM. Construction of Section 65N and S.R. 2016, Section OFF have been completed. Below is a detailed description of each section:

 

Section 61S

US 202 from Johnson Highway (Norristown/East Norriton Township Line) to Township

Line Road (Whitpain/East Norriton Township Line)

Status:  In Final Design 

Projected Bidding of the Project by Contractors:  Summer 2020

Projected Construction Start:  Early Fall 2020

Estimated Construction Cost:  $50 million

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Improvements Overview: 

This is a 1.8-mile section from south of Johnson Highway at the Norristown Borough/East Norriton Township dividing line to Township Line Road at the East Norriton Township/Whitpain Township dividing line. U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) will be reconstructed and widened from two lanes to provide a four-lane cross-section consisting of two travel lanes northbound, a center-turn lane and one travel lane southbound. Five-foot bicycle lanes will be provided both northbound and southbound. Sidewalks will be provided at various locations throughout the corridor. Intersections along the corridor will be improved by adding lanes where necessary on both the mainline and side roads to provide adequate intersection capacities. Improvements also include post construction stormwater management facilities, replacement of one box culvert, replacement of one bridge, construction of two sound walls, drainage improvements, traffic signals, ITS networking components, utility installation/relocation, concrete curb, concrete sidewalk, pedestrian curb ramps, guiderail, pavement markings, signing, landscaping, and other miscellaneous construction.

 

Project Components:

Intersection Improvements

  • Additional turn lanes on the mainline section of US 202

  • Side road improvements to add capacity to their intersections with US 202

Traffic Signals 

  • U.S. 202 with Johnson Highway

  • U.S. 202 with Jefferson Crossing Boulevard

  • U.S. 202 with DeKalb Apartments/Northtowne Plaza

  • U.S. 202 with Mercy Suburban Hospital/ Northtowne Plaza

  • U.S. 202 with Germantown Pike

  • U.S. 202 with Township Line Road

  • Township Line Road with Swede Road

  • Johnson Highway with Arch Street/Old Arch Road

Traffic signals will be inter-connected.

Drainage and Waterway Crossings

  • U.S. 202 over un-named tributary of East Branch Stoney Creek

  • U.S. 202 over East Branch Stoney Creek

 

Utility Relocations

  • Both aerial and underground utility relocations required for this project

Noise Walls

  • Southbound US 202 near Washington Square neighborhood

  • Johnson Highway near Joseph Drive neighborhood

 
Section 61N

 

Status: Under Construction as of January 2019

Contractor:  James D. Morrissey, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Estimated Construction Cost:  $55.6 million

Estimated Project Duration: Approx. 6 Years (Completion estimated Late 2024)

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What it Will Look Like? The Roadway Cross Section

Project Update – November 2019

  • Northbound 202 widening is underway between Village Square and Tournament Drive (southern boundary of Montgomery County Community College) and this work will continue for the next several months into the Spring of 2020.

  • Within this section, the roadway contractor will be working on excavation for the widening, drainage system modifications and improvements, stormwater management basin construction and the extension of a culvert.

  • Utility Work/ Coordination

    • With eight (8) utilities affected in the three (3) miles of roadway widening, motorists will see pockets of work along the corridor where one---to as many as four--- utility companies are working at one time to relocate  or improve their facilities!  Construction project managers strive to efficiently coordinate the work being done to maximize the completion of work in one section while minimizing the impacts to traffic flow.  Once utility work has been completed in a given section, roadway widening activities can begin.

    • PECO gas has the greatest amount of utility work to perform by replacing its main service. This work is to take place over the length of the project and is expected to take several years to complete.

  • Check back to this website for postings related to lane closures for this section.

Project Overview

Construction began in January 2019 to widen and improve 2.8 miles of U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) from Township Line Road to just south of Morris Road in East Norriton and Whitpain townships. PennDOT is reconstructing and widening U.S. 202 from two lanes to five lanes with a center turn lane; installing five-foot bicycle lanes in both directions along the entire project area; and building new sidewalks at various locations along the corridor. The project involves considerable utility line relocations and installations through the project limits.

Northbound U.S. 202 widening is underway between Village Square and Tournament Drive (southern boundary of Montgomery County Community College) and this work will continue for the next several months.

Within this section, the contractor will be working on excavation for the widening, drainage system modifications and improvements, utility relocations, stormwater management basin construction and the extension of a culvert.

With eight utilities affected within the project limits, motorists see pockets of work along the corridor where one to as many as four utility companies are working to relocate or improve their facilities. The contractor is striving to efficiently coordinate utility operations to complete areas while minimizing the impacts to traffic flow. Once utility work is completed in a specific area, roadway widening activities can begin.

Project Components:

  • Intersection  improvements

  • Additional turn lanes on the mainline section of U.S. 202

  • Side road improvements to add capacity to the intersection with U.S. 202

  • Pedestrian ADA curb ramps

  • Five-foot wide bicycle lanes in each travel direction

Click here to see conceptual construction plans of the improvements described below.​

 

  • Traffic Signals Improvements at the following Intersections

    • U.S. 202 at Township Line Road

    • U.S. 202 at Swede Road/ Mews Drive

    • U.S. 202 at Yost Road

    • U.S. 202 at Jolly Road

    • U.S. 202 at Centre Square Commons/ WaWa Driveway

    • U.S 202 at Route 73 (Skippack Pike)

    • U.S. 202 at Village Square Drive

    • U.S. 202 at Tournament Drive/ Montgomery County Community College

A coordinated ITS system will be integrated into the overall traffic signal system.

  • Drainage and Waterway Crossings

    • The project includes the replacement of five box culverts.

 

  • Utility Relocations

    • Extensive utility work (relocation and system upgrades) is associated with this section of US202 widening.

    • A total of eight (8) utility companies will be scheduling work over the next four (4) years---which is the key component driving the schedule of this project.  Electric, gas, telecommunications, sewer and two (2) separate water companies will be working alongside each other as well as the roadway contractor to progress the project in the most efficient manner possible.

 

  • Noise Walls

    • A sound wall will be built along northbound U.S. 202 just south of Jolly Road.

Section 65S

Status: Construction start late January 2020 

Contractor: James D. Morrissey, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Estimated Construction Cost:  $40 MIllion

Estimated Project Duration: Approx. 5 Years 

(Completion anticipated by  late 2024)

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Project Update – January 2020

With the project just underway, motorists and residents will see mostly

survey work for construction and utility relocation. Construction activities

will begin in earnest in Spring 2020.

Check back to this website for postings related to lane closures

for this section.

 

Project Overview:

Construction is starting in late January 2020 to widen and reconstruct 2.9 miles of U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) from south of Morris Road to Swedesford Road in Whitpain and Lower Gwynedd townships. The existing roadway will be widened to provide a five-lane cross-section consisting of two travel lanes and a common center turn lane. A short section of U.S. 202 from Grasshopper Lane to Schoolhouse Road will be reconstructed with four travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders. The plan includes five-foot wide bicycle lanes in each direction. Improvements also include post-construction stormwater management facilities, replacement of the bridge over the Wissahickon Creek, three retaining walls, construction of two sound walls, drainage improvements, traffic signals, ITS networking components, utility installation/relocation, concrete curbs, pedestrian accommodation at signalized intersections, guiderail, pavement markings, signing, landscaping, and wetland and waterway reconfiguration.

The improvement plan consists of:

  • Reconstructing and widening U.S. 202 from two lanes to five lanes with a center turn lane from Morris Road to Grasshopper Lane and from Schoolhouse Lane to Swedesford Road.

  • Widening U.S. 202 from two lanes to four lanes with a mountable median curb from the Wissahickon Creek crossing to south of Schoolhouse Lane.

  • Installing five-foot bicycle lanes in both directions in the five-lane sections.

  • Reconstructing the bridge over the Wissahickon Creek.

  • Constructing two sound walls and three retaining walls.

  • Installing new signals, signing and pavement markings.

  • Performing drainage improvements.

  • Integrating ITS to improve traffic flow.

  • Reconstructing a wetland channel adjacent to Wissahickon Creek.

  • Reconstructing a stone wall adjacent to the Gwynedd Friends Meetinghouse property

Project Components:

Intersection Improvements at

  • U.S 202 at Morris Road

  • U.S. 202 at Sumneytown Pike

  • U.S. 202. at Swedesford Road

  • U.S. 202 at Plymouth Road

  • U.S. 202 at Grasshopper Lane

  • U.S. 202 at Schoolhouse Lane

Bike Lanes

  • Five (5) foot wide bike lanes are planned for each travel direction.

Traffic Signals Improvements at the following intersections

 

  • U.S 202 at Morris Road

  • U.S. 202 at Sumneytown Pike

  • U.S. 202. at Swedesford Road

  • U.S. 202 at Plymouth Road

  • U.S. 202 at Grasshopper Lane

  • U.S. 202 at Schoolhouse Lane

A coordinated ITS system will be integrated into the overall traffic signal system.

 

Drainage and Waterway Crossings

  • The project includes the replacement of the existing bridge at Wissahickon Creek.The span will be a wider, single-span structure.Two retaining walls will also be part of the crossing of the Wissahickon Creek.

Utility Relocations

  • Seven (7) utility companies have facilities within the right-of way for this project with some schedules requiring a year to complete.  Construction project managers will be working with utility companies to maximize the amount of work completed in a given section.  Once utilities have been relocated or upgraded, roadway construction activities can begin.

Noise Walls

  • Sound barrier walls are planned for two sections of the project:

    • Northbound U.S. 202 south of the Plymouth Road Intersection

    • Across from the Swedesford Road intersection

Section 65N

US 202 from Hancock Road Road to near Bethlehem Pike (PA 309)

SR 0063 (Stump Road to Bell Run Boulevard)

Status: Project Completed in Fall 2012

Construction Cost: $23.9 million

Contractor: Road-Con, Inc., West Chester, PA

Improvements Overview:

PennDOT completed construction in fall 2012 to widen and improve the 2.1-mile section of U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) from south of Hancock Road to near Bethlehem Pike (PA 309) and nearly a mile of Route 63 (Welsh Road) between Stump Road and Bell Run Boulevard in Upper Gwynedd, Lower Gwynedd and Montgomery townships. U.S. 202 and Route 63 are urban arterials, and both have four-lane cross sections. U.S. 202 has a center-turn lane from just south of Hancock Road to just south of Gwynmont Drive. Route 63 has a center left turn lane west of the U.S. 202 Parkway.

The project involved widening U.S. 202 from south of Hancock Road to Knapp Road, widening Route 63 (Welsh Road) from Stump Road to 800 feet east of Bell Run Boulevard, and construction of a new four-lane urban arterial to connect with the U.S. 202 Section 700 Parkway. In addition, Swedesford Road was realigned and connected to Gwynedd View Road. Five-foot-wide bicycle lanes were included, and a coordinated ITS was integrated into the overall traffic signal system. Improvements also included post-construction stormwater management facilities, construction of three sound walls, drainage improvements, traffic signals, Intelligent Transportation System networking components, utility installation/relocation, concrete curbs, pedestrian curb ramps, guiderail, pavement markings, signing, landscaping, and limited sidewalk reconstruction.

 

Project Components:

Traffic Signals Improvements at the following Intersections

  • U.S. 202 at Hancock Road

  • U.S. 202 at Swedesford Road

  • U.S. 202 at DeKalb Pike

  • DeKalb Pike at Route 63

  • DeKalb Pike at Gwynmont Drive

  • DeKalb Pike at Knapp Road

  • DeKalb Pike at Cheswick Drive

  • DeKalb Pike at Montgomery Mall Drive

  • DeKalb Pike at Route 309 (Bethlehem Pike)

  • Route 63 at U.S. 202 (Parkway)

Bicycle Lanes

  • Five-foot-wide bicycle lanes in each direction

Noise Walls

  • Sound barriers were completed as part of this project on northbound U.S. 202 south and north of Hancock Road intersection; southbound U.S. 202 south of Hancock Road;

Stormwater

  • Post construction stormwater systems were constructed as part of the drainage system improvements associated with the roadway widening

 

SR 2016, Section OFF (Offline Intersection Improvements)

 

Status: Project Completed in Spring 2012 (Duration 1.5 years)

Construction Cost: $2.5 million

Contractor: James D. Morrissey, Inc. - Philadelphia PA

 

Improvements Overview:

This section of US 202 improvements consisted of the relocation of the Meetinghouse Road intersection with DeKalb Pike.  This relocation included roadway and shoulder reconstruction and construction of a left turn lane.

Along with the relocation, five (5) additional offsite improvements were made to intersections along the SR 2016 (Evans Road) corridor:

  • Plymouth Road and Grasshopper Lane

    • Pavement reconstruction, site distance improvements and new pavement markings.

  • Evans Road and Gypsy Hill Road

    • Site distance improvements. 

  • Evans Road and Tanglewood Drive

    • New shoulder construction, new pavement markings installations, drainage improvements and re-surfacing of the intersection.

  • Evans Road and Welsh Road

    • Construction of a new right turn lane on Evans Road, curbing, drainage improvements and milling and overlay of pavement in the intersection.​

  • Evans Road and Sumneytown Pike 

    • New traffic signal installation, construction of left turn lanes along Sumneytown Pike, new curbing/drainage and milling and overlay of the intersection.

S.R. 3001, Section OFF (Offline Intersection Improvements)

 

Status: Project Completed in May 2019

Construction Cost: $4.5 million

Contractor: Scott Building Corporation, Norristown, PA

Improvements Overview:

Project engineers designing Section 61N included improvements to two (2) key routes surrounding the  stretch between Township Line Road (East Norriton/ Whitpain Townships) and Morris Road---Township Line Road at North Wales Road to the west of the mainline route and Township Line Road at Arch Street Road to the east of the mainline section in East Norriton, Worcester, Whitpain and Plymouth Townships.

These intersections were removed from the mainline section of 61N to be advanced prior to the construction of 61N specifically to provide improvements to the volume-carrying routes surrounding mainline segments.  

The intersections were removed from U.S 202 Section 61N to be built prior to the construction of 61N specifically to provide improvements to these key intersections. The improvements to these intersections will remain permanent after the completion of Section 61N.

Project Components:

Intersection Improvements at North Wales Road

  • Left-hand turning lanes added to the eastbound and westbound directions of Township Line Road

  • Northbound North Wales Road widened to extend the left-hand turning lane

  • Traffic signal improvements

  • Upgraded signage

  • Improved drainage system

  • Fully ADA compliant crosswalks, ramps and crossing signals added to the entire intersection

Intersection Improvements at Arch Road/Arch Street Road

  • Right-hand turning lanes added to the eastbound Township Line Road at Arch Road/ Arch Street Road

  • Left-hand turn lanes added to the northbound direction of Arch Road and southbound direction of Arch Street Road

  • Traffic signal improvements

  • Upgraded signage

  • Improved drainage system

  • Fully ADA compliant crosswalks, ramps and crossing signals added to the entire intersection

S.R. 0073, Section 6SM - Offsite Stormwater Mangement Mitigation for
Section 61N

Status:  Construction expected to start in Spring 2020

Expected Duration: One Year (Estimated ompletion Late 2020)

Construction Cost: $3.7 million

Contractor:  Road-Con, Inc., West Chester, PA

Improvements Overview:

State highway improvements require the management and mitigation of stormwater effect like other disturbance and land development projects.To mitigate stormwater runoff upstream from the S.R. 202, Section 61N project, PennDOT will provide mitigation facilities at the Whitpain Township-owned property at the SE corner of the Rt. 73 (Skippack Pike) and Wentz Road intersection. The project also will realign Wentz Road at this intersection and improve the crossing of Route 73 (Skippack Pike) at Wentz Road and Parkwood Road.

The plan consists of realigning Wentz Road to provide a four-way intersection with Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Parkwood Road; milling and paving the travel lanes; performing full-depth widening of the existing shoulder on Route 73 (Skippack Pike) from Jackson Avenue to Cathcart Road to provide dedicated left turn lanes at the Wentz Road/Parkwood Road intersection; installing an underground concrete stormwater management system at Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Wentz Road; performing drainage improvements; installing new ADA curb ramps, signals, signs and pavement markings; and relocating utilities.

Project Components:

Intersection improvements at Wentz Road/Route 73 (Skippack Pike):

  • Left-hand turn lanes added to eastbound and westbound Route 73

  • Realign Wentz Road to form a four-way intersection with Route 73 and Parkwood Drive

  • Traffic signal improvements

  • Underground modular concrete stormwater management system on Whitpain Township property

  • Signing upgrades

  • Drainage improvements

  • ADA complaint crosswalks, curb ramps and crossing signals

US 202 from Johnson Highway (Norristown/East Norriton Township Line) to (Whitepain/East Norriton Township Line) 

 

Length: 1.8 miles

US 202 from Township Line Road (East Norriton/Whitpain) to Morris Road

Length: 2.7 Miles

Township Line Road and North Wales Road

Meetinghouse Road Intersection Relocation

Plymouth & Grasshopper Lane

Evans Road & Gypsy Hill Road

Evans Road & Sumneytown Pike

Evans Road & Tanglewood Drive

Evans Road & Welsh Road

US 202 from Morris Road to near Hancock Road

US 202 from Hancock Road to near Bethlehem Pike (PA 309) SR 0063 (Stump Road to Bell Run Boulevard)

Township Line Road and Arch Street Road

Whitpain Township Property-Skippack Pike & Wentz Road Intersection

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