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Huge changes are coming this weekend that will affect thousands of drivers on 202.

Major construction changes are planned for this weekend on 202.  Patch File: Bob Byrne
Major construction changes are planned for this weekend on 202. Patch File: Bob Byrne
The following information about a major shift in traffic on Route 202 in the Chester County construction zone was sent to Patch by PennDOT:

Travel restrictions will be in place this weekend (Dec. 6-9) on southbound U.S. Route 202 in Chester County to move southbound traffic over to the center of the highway between the Route 401 and U. S. Route 30 interchanges in East Whiteland Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.

The upcoming traffic pattern change is the next stage of PennDOT’s $63.3 million project to widen 2.5 miles of Route 202 to six lanes between Route 401 and Route 30. Crews will rebuild and widen the southbound side of Route 202 in 2014 and the northbound side in 2015. Construction is scheduled to finish in May 2016. Allan A. Myers, LP of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor.

Weather permitting, the following Route 202 travel restrictions are scheduled this weekend to implement the new construction traffic pattern:

  • From 10 p.m. Friday (Dec. 6) to 10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 7), Route 202 south will be reduced to one lane between Route 29 and Route 30 for the relocation of concrete barriers and painting of new pavement markings for the new southbound traffic pattern. Intermittent, 15-minute traffic stoppages may occur on southbound Route 202 after midnight.
  • PennDOT’s contractor expects to shift southbound Route 202 traffic over to the median area beginning at the Mill Lane overpass, located north of Route 401, on Saturday (Dec. 7).
  • From 10 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 7) to 10 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 8) and from 10 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8) to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 9), southbound right lane closures may be in place on Route 202 between Route 401 and Route 30. 
  • The southbound Route 202 entrance and exit ramps at the Route 401 Interchange will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday (Dec. 6) to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 9) to tie the ramps into the new southbound traffic pattern. 

Posted detours will be in place during the closure of the two access ramps at the Route 202/Route 401 Interchange. 

Route 401 traffic heading to Route 202 south will be detoured north on Route 202 to the Route 29 North/Great Valley exit, then right on Matthews Road, right on Route 29 and right on Swedesford Road to the on-ramp to Route 202 south.

Southbound Route 202 motorists normally exiting at Route 401 will get off at Route 29 North/Great Valley exit and then turn left onto Swedesford Road and follow Swedesford Road to the Route 401 intersection.

Following the traffic pattern change, PennDOT’s contractor will begin to remove and rebuild the southbound part of the Route 202 bridges over Route 401 and Planebrook Road, reconstruct and widen the southbound side of the highway and erect sound walls. Construction on the southbound side of Route 202 will continue through late 2014.

This project, which began in April 2013, is the second and final mainline construction contract for PennDOT’s reconstruction and widening of 6.5 miles of Route 202 from just south of the Route 252 Interchange to the Route 30 Interchange. 

The expansion of Route 202 from north of the Route 401 Interchange to the Route 252/Swedesford Road Interchange in Tredyffrin Township began in April 2011 and is scheduled to finish in summer 2014. Richard E. Pierson Construction Company, Inc. of Woodstown, N.J. is the general contractor. 

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

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

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

 

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