New construction launches on Route 422 in Philly's western suburbs

Mark Abrams
May 05, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The next major phase of construction on Route 422 in Philadelphia's western suburbs begins on Monday.

If you're a regular Route 422 commuter, this may not be the news you want to hear.

The construction crews will affect the daily commutes of 55,000 or so drivers who use 422 here from the Royersford/Trappe interchange all the way to Sanatoga.

PennDOT says lane closures will start at night and begin in about a week or so.

But there may be some daytime work and even a couple of weekends for the next two years.

"It's about a five-mile stretch of pavement that we're going to go ahead and mill and overlay and perform structural repairs to about seven structures within that five-mile project limit," PennDOT's Brad Rudolph said.

The structures are bridges, although Rudolph insists they're only doing minor bridge deck and road surface work on them - not replacing any of them like the crews are doing further east on a stretch of highway near Valley Forge.

"It's going to be an inconvenience. I would say certainly plan ahead. You know how the backups can be," Rudolph said. "It can take you an extra many more minutes to get through so just plan accordingly." 

Rudolph says the $17 million job should be finished by July 2021.