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Trees Coming Down, The First Sign of Next Phase in Road Widening Project

NORRISTOWN, PA - The next phase in PennDot's long-term project to widen US 202 has started in Norristown/East Norriton. The stretch between Johnson Highway and Township Line is covered under this new phase and will see many improvements for motorists and bicyclists alike.

The first step has been to take down any trees or brush in the project area. One reader even contacted us asking about all of the storm damage along the road. While it does look like a tornado, it was a tornado of tree crews who have been working feverishly to get the trees down.

Friday, July 9, 2021 area of DeKalb near St. Patrick's Cemetery

According to PennDot, under this improvement project, PennDOT’s contractor will:

  • Reconstruct and widen U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) from the existing two lanes to two lanes northbound, one lane southbound and a center turn lane from Johnson Highway to Township Line Road;

  • Install five-foot bicycle lanes in both directions along the entire project area;

  • Build new sidewalks at various locations;

  • Reconstruct one bridge and one box culvert;

  • Construct two sound walls and retaining walls;

  • Install new signals, signing and pavement markings;

  • Perform drainage improvements; and

  • Integrate Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve traffic flow.

PennDot added, This improvement project will utilize staged construction and require an extensive amount of utility relocation operations. There will be lane closures on U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) and other state highways throughout the project area during off-peak travel hours. To reconstruct portions of the Johnson Highway, Germantown Pike, Township Line Road intersections with U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike), weekend detours will be implemented as needed.

This project (Johnson Highway to 309) is expected to be completed in 2027.

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