Sen. Rafferty, PennDOT Secretary Richards Provide Update on Construction of New U.S. 422 Bridge

 

Senator Rafferty joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and various government officials at a news conference announcing the expedited delivery of a new and improved U.S. 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44) joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and various government officials at a November 17 news conference announcing the expedited delivery of a new and improved U.S. 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River,  which spans West Norriton Township and Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County.

“Act 89 of 2013 – Pennsylvania’s multi-billion dollar, multi-modal transportation investment plan – has expedited the delivery of bridge and highway improvements across this Commonwealth, including the U.S. 422 bridge over Schuylkill River,” stated Senator Rafferty.  “The new expansion of the U.S. 422 bridge, plus the relative corridor and interchange improvements, will enhance the mobility of the 92,000 vehicles traveling on this bridge each day.”

“We continue to make significant progress on this major transportation improvement project in the Valley Forge area,” PennDOT Secretary Richards said.  “By the end of the year, westbound 422 drivers will be riding on a new, wider and safer bridge.”

Construction of the bridge was advanced through Act 89 of 2013 and is vital to reducing congestion and improving the flow of transportation.  The project will feature a new, wider bridge over the Schuylkill River, and will upgrade the highway between Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) interchanges.

With a construction cost of $97.4 million, the transportation project began in February 2016 and is scheduled to finish in spring 2020.  Without the passage of Act 89, construction would not have begun before 2018.

You can view the entire news conference here.