U.S. 202 Widening Project
The long-anticipated 202 Expansion Project in Whitpain is set to get underway in 2018. The PennDOT project will span a 2.5-mile section of 202 from Township Line Road at the East Norriton border to just south of Morris Road. PennDOT refers to this section of 202 as 61 N. The roadway will be reconstructed and 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. Sidewalks will be provided at various locations throughout the corridor.
Intersections along the corridor will be improved by adding lanes where necessary on both the mainline and side roads to provide adequate intersection capacities. Traffic signals will be upgraded 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. Dynamic message signs will be installed along S.R. 202 northbound and southbound at the bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension.
Offline Intersection Improvements
PennDOT’s 202 Expansion Project includes improvements to intersections at North Wales Road/Township Line Road and Arch Road/Township Line Road. These improvements will improve traffic flow through the area during construction on 202 and will remain when construction ends.
At the intersection of North Wales Road and Township Line Road, the southern intersection leg will be widened to extend the 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.
Additional improvements include replacement of the drainage system, signing, and pavement markings, as well as installation of ADA compliant curb ramps at both intersections.
Stormwater Management Mitigation
PennDOT’s 202 Expansion Project includes the installation of stormwater management mitigation facilities on Whitpain Township property located at the southeast corner of the Skippack Pike/Wentz Road intersection. The improvements will mitigate stormwater runoff upstream from the 202 project. The project will incorporate a planned intersection realignment so the design of the two improvements can be coordinated. Wentz Road will be realigned to connect with Parkwood Road to improve traffic flow. The traffic signal equipment will be replaced.
Additional improvements include replacement of the drainage system, signing, and pavement markings, as well as installation of ADA compliant curb ramps at the intersection.