202 construction complete

By Nina Scimenes
November 20, 2003

Cecelia Francisco

Long-term construction on U.S. Route 202 is finally coming to a yield. A five mile portion of route 202 with an estimate of 70,000 to 105,000 vehicles daily, cutting through King of Prussia, recently completed its $117 million project.

Route 202 is a 59-mile highway that acts as a bridge between the tri-state area: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Heavy volumes of traffic made it necessary for multi-million dollar reconstruction to prospectively eliminate bottlenecking traffic.

State Senator Connie Williams was one of the many significant faces at a ribbon cutting ceremony that officially marked the completion of the five-mile stretch of Route 202 on Thursday, Oct.30. This fraction of the project began being reconstructed on March 16, 1999, taking five years to finish.

Behind the scenes of the construction site is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. PENNDOT made The Route 202 Improvement Project financially possible with the support of 80 percent of the funds being federal and 20 percent state funds. District Executive Andrew L. Warren was working side by side with the general contractor, Allan A. Myers, making contract decisions.

Sound walls, drainage, ramps and road widening were all incorporated as part of reconstructing the section of US 202 from North Valley Road to Gulph Road. Myers was behind this section of the project with a $117 million contract. As a whole, The Route 202 Improvement Project has a contract of $290 million.

Chester County’s stretch of the project includes interchanges at Howellville Road, PA 252, Chesterbrook, Valley Forge Road, West Valley Road, US 422, Warner Road, and I-76. New ramps make easy access to connecting highways for easy traveling.

Drivers may stay updated about ongoing construction of Route 202 by visit the website, www.202.com.

Posted to the web by: Cecelia Francisco

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