CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW WESTBOUND LANES CONTINUES
Stage 2 construction of two new westbound lanes continues this fall under PennDOT's $62.6 million project to reconstruct and widen the roadway and its intersections 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.
Paving of two new westbound lanes will continue into October from U.S. 1 heading east to the bridge over Webb Creek. East of the bridge, crews will continue excavation and installation of stormwater drainage to prepare for construction of the remaining sections of the new westbound roadway. Some of the work at this bridge is pending the completion of utility relocations. (Utility contractor resources have been limited, partly due to emergency disaster relief in southern states affected by recent hurricanes).
Construction also continues this fall on the bridges over Webb Creek and Smithbridge Road. Abutment construction at both bridge locations is ongoing and will continue through the fall months as utility relocations are completed.
Work also continues on improvements to intersections at Spring Valley Road and Mattson Road. At Evergreen Drive, a dedicated left-turn lane from westbound U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) will be installed later this fall.
Stage 3 reconstruction of the middle section of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) will get underway by mid-2020. Construction of Section 101 improvements is expected to finish by late 2020.
Site work for the new PennDOT maintenance facility also has been completed along the westbound side at the Station Avenue/Fellowship Drive intersection. The maintenance facility will be constructed under a separate contract scheduled to get underway in 2021.
Creating of replacement wetlands for natural areas displaced by the construction of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) also finished last spring. The 2.33-acre replacement tract is located at Cheney Road and Creek Road near Cheney University in Thornbury Township, Chester County.
Under the current contract, PennDOT is reconstructing and widening the roadway and upgrading intersections and 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. The work is the first of three PennDOT construction projects that will improve travel and safety on a 6.7-mile section of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway).
As design engineering continues on the second half of the project east of Clayton Park Drive, Section 102, PennDOT expects to begin improvements from east of Clayton Park Drive to just east of Route 452 (Market Street) in Bethel and Upper Chichester townships in 2021.
A third corridor improvement contract, Section CSX, to replace the U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) bridge over the CSX railroad and Bethel Road and complete other improvements to the adjacent Bethel Road Interchange remains under design and is not yet scheduled for construction.
During all remaining U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) construction, PennDOT will maintain a lane of traffic in each direction on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) during peak hour travel. Motorists may find periodic flagger-controlled lane restrictions at locations across the work zone on 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.