Summer 2017 - Construction crews will finish preparing the westbound shoulders for a new traffic pattern later this summer that will shift eastbound and westbound vehicles several feet north and expand operations to widen the eastbound side of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway)from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township.
Once all of the westbound shoulder work finishes, crews will set the remaining construction barrier along the outside edge of the eastbound lane to provide a secure secure work area for crews to expand excavation and placement of fill dirt, and install drainage basins, pipes (left) and inlets for the eastbound widening. The shift is expected to take place in August.
The expanded work zone on the eastbound side will resemble the work area that has been in place for several months at the western end of the project, where construction barrier lines the edge of the eastbound lane from just east of U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to near Evergreen Lane. Behind that barrier, crews will continue installing drainage pipes and inlets as they use fill dirt to raise the grade of the area where two new eastbound lanes will be built.
Much of the fill dirt that will be used to build up low areas where the new eastbound lanes will be constructed will be cut from the hills on the south side of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), where the grade needs to be lowered.
Other ongoing work along the eastbound side, where most of the trees and other vegetation have been cleared, includes installation of a large drainage basin at Station Road (right) and construction of the southern section of the new, wider bridge over Smithbridge Road. Deck beams for the eastbound section of the new bridge will be set later this summer following completion of both abutments. Deck construction will follow.
Drainage crews also will continue installing cross pipes under U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and building additional drainage basins near Featherbed Lane, Merion Drive, and along the westbound side across from Clayton Park.
Work also continues on installation of temporary traffic signals at currently-signalized intersections along the eastbound side where permanent improvements, including new signals, will be constructed during the eastbound widening stage of the Section 101 project.
PennDOT will maintain two lanes of traffic on the existing U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) during peak hour travel. Periodic flagger-controlled lane restrictions may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and from 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM for various operations as construction advances along the corridor.
The work is part of a $62.6 million Section 101 contract to reconstruct, widen and upgrade traffic signals on 2.5 miles of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Featherbed Lane/Mattson Road near Clayton Park in Concord Township, Delaware County. Current western section construction is the first of two mainline PennDOT construction projects to improve travel and safety on a 6.7-mile section of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway).
Work also has been underway since October 2016 on an advance construction project, Section MIT, to create replacement wetlands and other improvements to areas adjacent to U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway).
Construction of the eastern, Section 102 segment will improve the highway and its intersections and interchanges from east of Clayton Park Drive to just east of Route 452 (Market Street) in Bethel and Upper Chichester townships. Construction on Section 102 is projected to begin in 2019.
An additional contract to replace the U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) bridge over the CSX railroad and Bethel Road as well as improvements to the adjacent Bethel Road Interchange (Section CSX) is under design and not yet scheduled for construction.
Follow the progress of improvements to the U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) at us322conchester.com.