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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will open two new ramps on Tuesday afternoon, December 1, to complete a $16.8 million project to improve travel and connectivity at the U.S. 422-Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norriton and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County.
“The opening of these two additional ramps will benefit travelers by providing full access to U.S. 422 and Route 363 as motorists now will be able to connect to ramps leading in all directions when traveling between the two state highways,” said Kenneth M. McClain, PennDOT District Executive in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
“The new ramps also will help remove some traffic from nearby interchanges along U.S. 422 by eliminating the need for drivers to divert to other interchanges to reach Route 363 or westbound U.S. 422,” he added.
Tomorrow afternoon, PennDOT will open the new U.S. 422 east off-ramp to Route 363 (Trooper Road), and the new Route 363 (Trooper Road) on-ramp to U.S. 422 west.
The new ramps will join the two existing ramps that were built in the 1970s when the U.S. 422 Interchange at Route 363 (Trooper Road) was originally constructed. The existing ramps are the U.S. 422 west off-ramp to Route 363 (Trooper Road), and the Route 363 (Trooper Road) on-ramp to U.S. 422 east.
In addition to building two new ramps, PennDOT made additional improvements along U.S. 422, Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Audubon Road to enhance travel in the area of the interchange, including:Realigning the existing Route 363 (Trooper Road) on-ramp to U.S. 422 east;Repairing the existing U.S. 422 west off-ramp to Route 363 (Trooper Road);Improving the intersections where the U.S. 422 east and west ramps connect with Route 363 (Trooper Road);Widening Route 363 (Trooper Road) through the Audubon Road intersection;Widening Audubon Road to include an additional turn and merge lane from Route 363 (Trooper Road);Rehabilitating the Route 363 (Trooper Road) bridge over U.S. 422;Building a retaining wall and sound wall along the new eastbound U.S. 422 off-ramp;Building a retaining wall along the new Route 363 (Trooper Road) on-ramp to U.S. 422 west;Building a sidewalk on Route 363 (Trooper Road);Installing new traffic signals, curb ramps, and landscaping;Installing seven new overhead sign structures; andImproving storm water drainage.
J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, was the general contractor on the $16,857,533 contract, which was financed with 100 percent federal funds.
The interchange improvement is one of four projects that comprise the U.S. 422 Schuylkill River Crossing Complex of projects that are designed to improve U.S. 422 between the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) interchanges in the Valley Forge area.