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

This project consists of widening and reconstructing 9.1 miles of U.S. 202 by adding travel lanes in each direction between Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough and Route 309 in Montgomery Township: Two lanes northbound and one (1) lane southbound and a common center turn lane from Johnson Highway to Swede Road. North of Swede Rd. to Route 309 two through lanes in each direction and common center turn lane, with the common center turn lane eliminated in sensitive areas with minimal access needs. The project also includes a five-foot bicycle lane adjacent to the curb, the reconstruction of bridges and culverts, construction of sound walls and retaining walls, intersections improvements, signal interconnect, and off-line improvements. Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) which consists of video cameras/detection, Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) are also incorporated.

In order to address concerns with constructability and funding, the project was divided into four mainline construction sections: 61S, 61N, 65S, 65N and one (1) off-line intersection improvement project SR2016, Section OFF. Construction of Section 65N and Section OFF have been completed. Below is a detailed description of each section:

Section 61S

This is a 1.8 mile section from south of Johnson Highway to Township Line Road at the East Norrition Township/Whitpain Township dividing line. The project falls within Norristown Borough and East Norriton Township. Typically, the roadway will be widened from two lanes to provide a four lane cross-section consisting of a single travel lane southbound, a center turn lane and two travel lanes northbound. Five-foot bicycle lanes will be provided both northbound and southbound. Intersections along the project will be improved by adding lanes where necessary on both the mainline and side roads to provide adequate intersection capacities. New traffic signals will be installed at five intersections including Johnson Highway, Jefferson Crossings Driveway, KMART Driveway, Northtowne Plaza/Mercy Suburban Hospital Driveway and Germantown Pike. Traffic signals will be interconnected to improve traffic flow between intersections. Bus stop turnouts will be provided on U.S. 202. A coordinated ITS and traffic signal operating system will be integrated into the project. One box culvert at the Jefferson Crossings Driveway and a bridge north of Germantown Pike will be replaced as a part of the project. Drainage pipe will be installed along and across the road. Three noise walls are planned on the project, two are located at the Washington Square neighborhood south of Township Line Road, and one at the Joseph Drive neighborhood on Johnson Highway adjacent to DeKalb Pike. Construction bids are expected to be opened in early 2019.

Section 61N
This is a 2.5-mile section from Township Line Road (S.R. 3001) at the East Norrition Township/Whitpain Township dividing line to just south of Morris Road within Whitpain Township. Typically the roadway will be widened from two lanes to five lanes, consisting of two northbound lanes, a center turn lane and two southbound lanes. Five-foot bicycle lanes will be provided both northbound and southbound. Intersections along the project will be improved by adding lanes where necessary on both the mainline and side roads to provide adequate intersection capacities. New traffic signals will be installed at seven intersections, including Township Line Road, Swede Road, Yost Road, Jolly Road, Skippack Pike, Village Square Shopping Center Driveway and Montgomery County Community College/Tournament Drive. Traffic signals will be interconnected to improve traffic flow between intersections. Improvements will be made to signal systems on off-line corridors to improve traffic flow during construction. Bus stop turnouts will be provided on U.S. 202. A coordinated ITS and traffic signal operating system will be integrated into the project. Four box culverts will be replaced, including those adjacent to the U.S. 202- Skippack Pike intersection and one on U.S. 202 between the Village Square Shopping Center and the Montgomery County Community College. Drainage pipe will be installed along and across the roadway. One noise wall is proposed along northbound U.S. 202 south of Jolly Road.

As a part of this project, the Section 600 Wetland Mitigation Site will be constructed near the intersection of Butler Pike and Morris Road in Upper Dublin Township. A portion of a breached dam on the Wissahickon Creek near the intersection of Butler Pike and Morris Road in Upper Dublin Township will be removed for the Section 600 steam mitigation.

Improvements at the off line intersections of North Wales Road/Township Line Road and Arch Road/Township Line Road will be made to improve traffic flow through the area during construction. The improvements at these intersections will remain after the construction of the U.S. 202 Sections 61N and 61S project are completed.

At the intersection of North Wales Road and Township Line Road, the southern intersection leg will be widened to provide a left turn lane and improve traffic flow. Township Line Road will be widened to provide left turn lanes in both westbound and eastbound directions. The traffic signal equipment will be replaced.

At the intersection of Arch Road and Township Line Road, the legs of the intersection will be widened to improve traffic flow. Arch Road will be widened to provide left turn lanes on both the northbound and southbound legs. The eastbound leg of Township Line Road will be widened to provide a right turn lane. Both the eastbound and westbound legs of Township Line Road will be widened to provide proper lane shifts. The traffic signal equipment will be replaced. Construction bids are expected to be opened in mid-2018.

Section 65S
This is a 2.7 mile section of U.S. 202 extends from south of Morris Road to near Hancock Road. The existing roadway will be widened to provide a five-lane cross-section consisting of two travel lanes and a common center turn lane. A short section of the roadway from Grasshopper Lane to Schoolhouse Road will be reconstructed with four travel lanes and 8 foot shoulders. The inclusion of five-foot bicycle lanes in each direction along the entire section is also proposed. The project includes intersection improvements at Morris Rd., Sumneytown Pk., Swedesford Rd. and Plymouth Road. Traffic signal improvements will occur at four intersections including: Morris Road, Township Line Road, Schoolhouse Lane, and Sumneytown Pike. The project includes replacement of the existing bridge at Wissahickon Creek with a wider single-span structure and equestrian path beneath the roadway. Three retaining wall installations are planned as part of the project with two walls located adjacent to the Wissahickon Bridge. No culvert installations are planned as part of the reconstruction; however, drainage pipe will be installed along and across the roadway. Three noise wall installations are planned along the roadway. A coordinated ITS and traffic signal operating system will be integrated into the project. Construction bids are expected to be opened in early 2019.

Section 65N (Construction Completed)

This is a 2.1-mile section from south of Hancock Road to near Bethlehem Pike (Route 309) and a 0.8 mile section of Welsh Road (Route 63). The project involved the widening of U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) from south of Hancock Road to Knapp Road, the widening of Route 63 (Welsh Road) from Stump Road (T-375) to 800 feet east of Bell Run Boulevard (T-526), and construction of a new four-lane arterial that connect with the U.S. 202 Parkway (Section 700). Also as part of this project, Swedesford Road (T-375) was realigned and connected to Gwynedd View Road (T-415). Swedesford Road no longer connects with Route 63, but terminates at a cul-de-sac adjacent to Route 63.

Both U.S. 202 and Route 63 are four-lane urban arterials, each with 5-foot curbed bike lanes adjacent to the outside travel lane. U.S. 202 has a center-turn lane from just south of Hancock Road to just south of Gwynmont Drive. Route 63 has a center left turn lane west of the intersection of the U.S. 202 Parkway. Signal improvements were made at four intersections along U.S. 202 including: Hancock Road, Welsh Road (Route 63), Knapp Road and Montgomery Mall Driveway; as well as the intersection of Route 63 at Stump Road (T-375). Two new signals are located at the intersection of Route 63 with U.S. 202 Parkway, and at the intersection of Route 202 with the U.S. 202 Parkway. There were no bridge, culvert or retaining wall structure installations. Three noise walls were installed as part of the project. A coordinated ITS and traffic signal operating system was integrated into the project.

SR 2016, Section OFF (Construction Completed)

This project consisted of relocating the Meetinghouse Road intersection with U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) and five off-line intersection improvements along Evans Road (S.R. 2016). It included roadway and shoulder reconstruction as part of the installation of a left turn lane along U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) at the relocated Meetinghouse Road intersection; sight distance improvements at two intersections along Evans Road (S.R. 2016); a new traffic signal installation, new left turn lane, new curbing, drainage improvements, milling and paving at the Evans Road (S.R. 2016) intersection with Sumneytown Pike; new shoulder construction, pavement markings, resurfacing and drainage improvements at the Evans Road (S.R. 2016) intersection with Tanglewood Drive; and construction of a new right turn lane, new curbing, drainage improvements, milling and overlay at the Evans Road (S.R. 2016) intersection at Route 63 (Welsh Road).