Construction Update: Winter 2019-20


Construction of the Stage 2 westbound side of two bridges continues this winter under PennDOT’s $62.6 million project to reconstruct, widen and improve 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.

Crews will work as conditions permit to complete the westbound side of bridges over Webb Creek (above) and over Smithbridge Road. With abutments in place by early winter, workers will set deck beams and begin Stage 2 deck construction on both structures, with concrete deck placement to follow next spring.

Over the fall months, paving crews finished placing two courses of asphalt on the two new westbound lanes from U.S. 1 to the Smithbridge Road bridge construction area. Utility relocation and excavation remain ongoing east of Smithbridge Road.

The contractor will complete Stage 2 paving at the eastern end of the project next spring and then start construction of the median, the final major stage of the project. The final course of pavement, the riding surface, will be placed on the entire project during this stage as well.

Work also continues on improvements to intersections at Spring Valley Road, Station Road North, and Matson Road. At Evergreen Drive, a dedicated left turn lane from westbound U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) has been installed.

Stage 3 reconstruction of the middle section of U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) will get underway by mid-2020. Construction on the Section 101 project is expected to finish by late 2020.

Site work for the new PennDOT maintenance facility also has been completed along the westbound side at theStation Road/Fellowship Drive intersection. The maintenance facility will be constructed under a separate contract scheduled to get underway in 2021.

Creation of replacement wetlands for natural areas displaced by the construction on 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).

Design engineering continues on the second half of the project east of Clayton Park Drive, Section 102, from east of Clayton Park Drive to just east of Route 452 (Market Street) in Bethel and Upper Chichester townships.

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.

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 to 6:00 AM, for various operations as construction advances along the corridor.