The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Swedesford Road will be closed and detoured approaching U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) beginning Wednesday, May 3, for roadway reconstruction under a project to widen and improve nearly three miles of U.S. 202 from south of Morris Road to Hancock Road in Whitpain and Lower Gwynedd townships, Montgomery County.
Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:
- Wednesday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 10, Swedesford Road will be closed 24/7 approaching U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) from Britt Road. During the closure, Swedesford Pike Road motorists will be directed to use Sumneytown Pike and U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike). Local access will be maintained for residents on Swedesford Road, Britt Road and Wagner Court.
Motorists are advised to allow more time for travel near the work area because backups and slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
Under this U.S. 202 project (Section 65S), PennDOT’s contractor will perform the following roadway and bridge improvements:
- Reconstruct and widen 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;
- Widen U.S. 202 from two lanes to four lanes with a mountable median curb from the Wissahickon Creek crossing to south of Schoolhouse Lane;
- Install five-foot bicycle lanes in both directions in the five-lane sections;
- Reconstruct the bridge over the Wissahickon Creek;
- Construct two sound walls and three retaining walls;
- Install new signals, signing and pavement markings;
- Perform drainage improvements;
- Integrate Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve traffic flow;
- Reconstruct a wetland channel adjacent to Wissahickon Creek; and
- Reconstruct a stone wall adjacent to the Gwynedd Friends Meetinghouse property.
James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the Section 65S project, which is financed with 80% federal and 20% state funds.