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Your complete source for information relating to the improvement of US 202.

Route 309 to Johnson Hwy. Route 309 to Johnson Hwy.

Located in Montgomery County (East Norriton, Whitpain, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Gwynedd and Montgomery Townships) this section primarily has two lanes passing through medium-to-high density commercial land use areas.  Frequent delays are experienced in the more heavily developed sections.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s design teams are currently working on final plans to widen and improve U.S. Route 202 between Norristown and Montgomeryville in Montgomery County.  Design field views, an important initial step in the final design review process, has occurred for the four construction sections and for the off-line intersections slated for improvement.  Right-of-way plans have been submitted for all four of the construction sections and utility coordination is currently active and ongoing for all construction sections.
During the final design phase of this project, PennDOT considers many elements when designing roadway plans, including new drainage systems, culvert replacements to carry storm water effectively through the area, and utility service line relocations.  In addition, environmental scientists are locating existing wetlands within the project limits; PennDOT is coordinating plans with local officials, community leaders and emergency service providers to identify areas of concern along the corridor, and engineers are developing the traffic management plan to minimize traffic impacts during construction and incorporate traffic enhancements in the design.

The widening of sections of Route 202 along this 8.8-mile corridor involves various design situations, especially where widening is done at major intersections. PennDOT’s design team is working to solve a myriad of issues to provide the motoring public with an improved road that will serve travelers well into the future.

The project includes road widening; sidewalk installation; addition of bicycle lanes; installation of new drainage systems; installation of storm water management basins; traffic signal installations and replacements; interconnection of the traffic signals; installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) elements; reconstruction of the bridge over the Wissahickon Creek; culvert improvements; seven off-line intersection upgrades to improve traffic flow through the corridor during construction; installation of noise barriers at selected locations; and construction of a wetland replacement site and a dam removal/stream enhancement along Wissahickon Creek.

PennDOT’s design teams are developing computer models to illustrate the improvements planned for Route 202.  The following images are some of the computer illustrations.

 
Site #1
Looking south toward the new US 202/relocated Meetinghouse Road Intersection
 
Site #2
Looking south at the Wissahickon Creek Crossing
     
   
Site #3
Illustration of future condition looking north at the Jefferson House Intersection
   

Traffic Management Plan
An important element of PennDOT’s Route 202, Section 600 Project is the development of the Traffic Management Plan (TMP) to minimize traffic impacts during construction.

Route 202 carries approximately 16,000 to 28,500 vehicles per day between Norristown and Montgomeryville.  Land use and traffic flow varies greatly along the corridor due to the diverse mixture of businesses, industry, historic places and residential communities.
Preliminary plans for construction call for one travel lane to remain open in each direction and selected left turn lanes maintained at intersections. However, parts of Route 202 with four or five existing lanes will have decreased capacity during construction. Access to all properties along the corridor will be maintained while the work takes place.  

PennDOT plans to install temporary traffic signals at the intersections of Cherry Road and DeKalb Pike, and Cherry Road and Wentz Road during the building of Section 61N  (Swede Road to Morris Road) to accommodate additional traffic during construction. 

A summary of the key TMP recommendations is listed as follows:

  • On weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at least one lane of travel will be maintained in each direction on Route 202 and Swede Road.
  • On holidays and holiday weekends, at least one through lane in each direction will be maintained on Route 202 and Swede Road.
  • During construction, a minimum width of 11 feet will be provided for through lanes and 10 feet for turning lanes.
  • Construction on all major cross streets will be staged to maintain east-west circulation throughout the corridor.
  • Access to and from all cross streets and local businesses will be maintained during the construction period with the exception of temporary, non-peak hour closures.
  • PennDOT will coordinate the phasing of construction on Route 202-Section 600 with other area road construction projects to minimize impacts to motorists.

Project History
PennDOT began final design in July 2000 and is acquiring property to widen most of this section of Route 202 to five lanes. The project will be built in four sections: Johnson Highway to Swede Road; Swede Road to Morris Road; Morris Road to Swedesford Road; Swedesford Road to PA 309. Construction is estimated to cost over $100 million for the four construction sections. At this time, the four construction schedules are being re-evaluated.  The first construction section, however, is anticipated to commence in 2018.

PennDOT began a $4 million Environmental Impact Study (EIS)/Preliminary Engineering in December 1990 to examine various improvement alternatives on this section, including widening Route 202 to five lanes; widening selected areas of Route 202 to five lanes, and incorporating a Transportation System Management Plan.  A Congestion Management Study was examined methods for reducing traffic congestion aside from widening Route 202.  Several strategies were developed as candidate projects to reduce congestion, including adding bicycle lanes, transit enhancements, ride sharing programs and computerized signal systems.

In 1998, PennDOT circulated the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that identified the Selective Widening Alternative as the Preferred Alternative.

On March 27, 2000, PennDOT received a Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to build the Selective Widening alternative.