US Route 202
The latest section of the widening and infrastructure improvements on U.S. Route 202, which stretches from Delaware to Maine, had its official ribbon cutting on August 12th.
PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards expressed the importance of this long, but much needed project: “The transportation value of this improvement project to Chester County and the Philadelphia region cannot be overstated,” Richards added. “This investment of nearly $300 million transformed an old, outdated highway into a modern expressway capable of moving commuter and commercial traffic smoothly and safely along this heavily traveled corridor.”
PennDOT’s first mainline construction contract, worth $106 million, began in April 2011 to widen four miles of U.S. 202 between Route 252 (Swedesford Road) and Route 401. This northern section of the corridor opened to six lanes in late September 2014. The second mainline widening contract started construction in April 2013. PennDOT opened the remaining 2.5 miles of U.S. 202 to six lanes between Route 401 and U.S. 30 on August 3, 2016.
In addition to widening more than six miles of U.S. 202 under these two mainline contracts, PennDOT built a two-mile long collector-distributor road along northbound U.S. 202 to improve travel through the Route 29 Interchange; rebuilt and improved the U.S. 202/Route 401 Interchange; rehabilitated five mainline bridges; installed glare screen barrier to separate northbound and southbound travel lanes; erected 20 sign structures; installed 7.5 miles of sound walls; built 14 storm water management basins; installed 10 storm water mitigation areas; and constructed a 32-space park-and-ride facility at the U.S. 30/U.S. 322 Interchange in Caln Township.
With the widening of U.S. 202 in the Great Valley area, motorists now have more than 11 miles of six-lane expressway on which to travel on between the U.S. 30 Interchange and King of Prussia.