Construction Status: Spring 2013-UPDATED
Reconstruction and widening activities continue this spring on both sides of U.S. Route 202 between the Chesterbrook Boulevard and Route 401 interchanges in Tredyffrin and East Whiteland townships. In addition, work is starting to widen the highway from Route 401 to the U.S. Route 30 Interchange.
Crews are currently paving the un-finished sections of the main line and the new collector-distributor road on the northbound side from north of the Mill Lane overpass through the Route 29 Interchange. The paving will essentially complete the rebuilding and widening of travel lanes and the construction of new collector-distributor lanes through the interchange this summer.
Once Route 202’s new northbound pavement is in place, PennDOT’s contractor will shift northbound and southbound traffic over to the northbound side of the highway, which will allow for the southbound construction area to extend down to the Mill Lane overpass, which is located just north of the Route 401 Interchange. Crews are presently rebuilding the southbound side of Route 202 from just south of the Chesterbrook Interchange to just south of the new Cedar Hollow Road overpass near the Route 29 Interchange.
In the current work zone on the southbound side of Route 202, crews are constructing sound walls, rebuilding the southbound side of the bridge over North Valley Road and excavating the old roadbed in preparation for installing new storm water pipes and inlets.
This work is part of the PennDOT’s $105.4 million project to rebuild and widen four miles of Route 202 between North Valley Road in Tredyffrin Township and the Route 401 Interchange in East Whiteland Township (Section 320). Construction began in April 2011 and is scheduled to finish in June 2014.
Construction South of Route 401
As work progresses north of Mill Lane, construction is under way on the final phase of the project to widen and rebuild 2.6 miles of Route 202 from just north of the Route 401 Interchange to the Route 30 Interchange (Section 330).
Crews are installing drainage and other utilities at the Route 401 Interchange and are preparing to widen and rebuild the southbound side of the Route 202 overpass. Work has begun to rebuild Route 202’s northbound shoulder south of Mill Lane so it can carry traffic during upcoming stages of reconstruction. Once the outside shoulder is rebuilt, PennDOT’s contractor will shift northbound traffic eight feet to the right and install barriers at the inside edge of the pavement to create a protected work area in the middle of Route 202. Crews will then rebuild the inside shoulder and construct crossover lanes to allow southbound traffic to move over to the northbound side of the highway later this year. Work will then commence to rebuild and widen the southbound side of Route 202.
Construction also has begun to replace the Chester Valley Trail pedestrian underpass near the Church Road overpass just south of Route 401. The trail will remain open (dusk to dawn) during construction.
Allan A. Myers, LP of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $63,381,084 project to widen this stretch of Route 202 to six lanes.
PennDOT’s Section 300 initiative is expanding a total of 6.5 miles of Route 202 to six lanes from the North Valley Road overpass, which is just south of the Swedesford Road Interchange, to the Route 30 Interchange to enhance travel and safety and to reduce congestion.