The Wolf Administration announced earlier this week that construction will begin on Monday, January 27th on a project to widen and reconstruct nearly three miles of U.S. 202 from south of Morris Road to Swedesford Road in Whitpain and Lower Gwynedd townships.
“This project is a critical part of a multi-phase program to reconstruct, widen and improve travel on a 9.1-mile section of U.S. 202 and selected intersections between Johnson Highway in Norristown and Route 309 in Montgomery Township,” Governor Tom Wolf said.
PennDOT will make the following 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.
The work will result in periodic weekday lane closures from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on various sections of U.S. 202 in both directions between Morris Road and Sumneytown Pike for clearing operations and utility construction. Traffic will be controlled by flagging when necessary. The work is expected to continue into the fall.