WEST CHESTER (July 29) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that work on widening Route 202 to three lanes in each direction from the Route 30/Exton bypass interchange all the way to King of Prussia is nearly completed.

“This project has been a long time coming, but it is finally at an end. The finished product means a smoother, safer and shorter commute for the tens of thousands of motorists who travel Route 202 each day and a major boost for the many high-tech companies and corporations that call the Route 202 corridor home,” Dinniman said.

Finishing touches, including line-striping and other preparation, on the new section of roadway will be made in the coming week. Dinniman will be joined by PennDOT and local officials for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony set for August 12 at the park-and-ride facility by the Route 30 and Route 202 interchange in East Whiteland.

“I want to thank PennDOT for consistently working with my office to keep residents and motorists informed of the project’s progress, as I did everything in my power to expedite and move it forward at every stage,” Dinniman added.

The final 2.5 mile stretch of Route 202 between Route 401 and Route 30 cost $63.4 million. With its opening in the next two weeks, it marks the last phase of a successful effort to widen and improve the roadway.

Since 1999, more than nine miles of the expressway between Interstate 76 and Route 401 have been widened, rebuilt and improved.

In the fall of 2014, PennDOT opened four miles of newly rebuilt, repaved and widened Route 202 from Route 252/Swedesford Road to Route 401 in Tredyffrin and East Whiteland at a cost of $105.4 million. That portion of the project also included new northbound collector-distributor lanes at Route 29, the rebuilding of eight ramps, and almost 22,000 feet of sound walls to reduce traffic noise.

In preparation for the widening, PennDOT also rebuilt and replaced five bridges over Route 202 make room for the construction of an additional lane on each side.

Prior to that, from the late 1990s to 2003, the road was widened between I-76 and Tredyffrin.

IMG_0764Dinniman, who has been involved in the project practically since its beginning and worked to expedite it at every available opportunity, said he will now work with PennDOT to address the potential impact Route 202’s additional lanes will have on other highly traveled roads.

“My next objective to work with PennDOT to make it a priority to widen the Route 30 Bypass between the Downingtown and Thorndale exits, which is an area of heavy congestion and multiple accidents at rush hour,” Dinniman said. “With the Route 202 widening opening, this area will likely see increased traffic buildup and we need to ensure that it is safe for motorists.”

 

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