U.S. 202 Pattern to Change this Weekend in Chesco

The following is a pres release from PennDOT

King of Prussia – Northbound and southbound traffic on U.S. Route 202 will move to the newly rebuilt northbound side of the highway this weekend (Aug. 23-26) between the Route 401 and Route 29 interchanges in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

The upcoming traffic pattern change is another milestone in the $105 million project to improve travel and reduce congestion on Route 202 by widening the highway to six lanes between the Swedesford Road and Route 401 interchanges.

Weather permitting, crews will work from 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 23) to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 26) to move northbound and southbound Route 202 traffic into the new pattern. Once the traffic pattern change is implemented, crews will rebuild the old southbound pavement.

Route 202 motorists are advised to be alert of the new traffic pattern and allow additional time for travel during the weekend because slowdowns will occur.

PennDOT’s contractor plans to move two lanes of northbound Route 202 traffic over to the new northbound pavement by 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 24). Southbound Route 202 traffic will shift to the northbound side by 10 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 25).

The following travel restrictions will be in place for the traffic pattern change:

• From 8 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 20) to 5 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 21), northbound Route 202 will be reduced from two lanes to one between Route 401 and Route 29 for barrier realignment;

• From 8 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 21) to 5 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 22), northbound Route 202 will be reduced from two lanes to one at the Route 29 Interchange for barrier realignment and the temporary relocation of the entrance to the Route 29 exit ramp. Route 202’s northbound entrance to the Route 29 exit ramp will temporarily move a half mile south from its current location;

• From 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 23) to 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 24), northbound Route 202 will be reduced from two lanes to one between Route 401 and Route 29 for barrier relocation, glare screen installation and the moving of two northbound lanes over to the northbound side of the highway. Intermittent 15-minute traffic stoppages will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.;

• From 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) to 10 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 25), southbound Route 202 will be reduced from two lanes to one between the Swedesford Road and Route 401 interchanges for barrier realignment, glare screen installation and the moving of two southbound lanes to the northbound side of the highway. Intermittent 15-minute traffic stoppages will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.;

• From 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) to 10 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 25), intermittent traffic stoppages will occur on the westbound Swedesford Road on-ramp to Route 202 south;

• From 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 26), the Route 202 south off-ramp to Route 29 south (Malvern) will be closed and detoured. The posted detour will direct motorists to use the Route 29 north (Great Valley) off-ramp, then turn left on Swedesford Road and follow Swedesford Road to Route 29 (Morehall Road);

• From 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) to Sept. 7, the Swedesford Road on-ramp to Route 202 south will be closed and detoured for the construction of a temporary crossover lane. This on-ramp is located directly across from Liberty Boulevard. A posted detour will take motorists west on Swedesford Road to the on-ramp for Route 202 south, which is located just west of the Route 29 (Morehall Road) intersection; and

• The Route 202 north off-ramp to Route 29 south and the westbound Swedesford Road on-ramp to Route 202 north will remain closed until Sept. 7.

Route 202’s northbound and southbound travel lanes have been running on the southbound side of the highway between Route 401 and Route 29 as crews rebuilt and expanded the northbound pavement. Last December, PennDOT moved all traffic over to new northbound pavement from north of Route 29 to the Swedesford Road Interchange.

Richard E. Pierson Construction Company, Inc. of Woodstown, N.J. is the general contractor expanding this four-mile stretch of Route 202. The project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds, began in April 2011 and is scheduled to finish in June 2014.

This project is phase one of PennDOT’s two-phase program to widen 6.5 miles of Route 202.

Construction began in March 2013 to expand the southern part of the Route 202 construction corridor, which runs from just north of the Route 401 Interchange to the Route 30 Interchange in East Whiteland Township. This $63.3 million project is scheduled to finish in May 2016. Alan A. Myers, LP of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor.

For more information on the widening and reconstruction of Route 202 in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships, visit www.us202-300.com.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511PA.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on Route 202 and other major highways before heading out.

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