LIMERICK — Officials from both Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships gathered Thursday to celebrate the start of construction for a new westbound on-ramp at the Route 422 Sanatoga Interchange.
This new ramp is the first of two planned ramp improvements to the busy interchange, which will reduce traffic delays and improve roadway safety by eliminating the existing left-turn movement for vehicles entering Route 422 westbound from Evergreen Road.
Construction Masters Services Inc. of Sinking Spring was awarded the winning bid in the amount of $1,424,912.20, which is being funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Both municipalities have agreed to cover the required 30 percent match of the overall $2 million dollar project including design, permitting and construction, which was done in partnership with PennDOT.
“This new ramp has been in the works for well over a decade and could not have happened if not for the positive working relationship between Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove. This cooperative effort is an example of how local municipalities can partner to achieve significant improvements that help our constituents without relying solely on the use of local taxes,” Lower Pottsgrove Township Commissioners Chairman Bruce Foltz said in a press release.
Traffic Planning and Design Inc. of Lower Pottsgrove completed the full design and obtained all necessary permits and is assisting both municipalities with grant administration during the construction.
“TPD was pleased to assist both townships with their commitment to improve current traffic safety issues. This new ramp will also help address longer-term impacts of future growth that is expected over the next decade” said Joseph Platt, PE, TPD Vice President of Traffic Engineering.
Construction of the new ramp is expected to be completed by November 2021.
Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick Townships have already begun preliminary planning for the next phase of the Sanatoga Interchange improvements, which will be an eastbound off-ramp. A joint grant application will be part of the effort to cover the cost of the estimated $4 million project, so the use of local tax dollars can be limited.
“Long-term planning is a bedrock of the Limerick organization and has brought forth many positive improvements to our community, such as this new ramp. We thank PennDOT for their support and look forward to working with them again, as well as with Lower Pottsgrove, who shares our pro-active approach to the future challenges facing our municipalities,” said Limerick Township Supervisors Chair Kara Shuler.