U.S. Route 202 in Pennsylvania

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 202 in Pennsylvania. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 202.

U.S. Route 202 marker

U.S. Route 202
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT, Municipality of Norristown, and DRJTBC
Length: 59.002 mi[1] (94.955 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 202 at Delaware border in Bethel Township
  US 1 / US 322 in Painters Crossroads
US 322 in West Goshen Township
PA 100 in West Goshen Township
US 30 in East Whiteland Township
US 422 in King of Prussia
I-76 / I-276 / Penna Turnpike in King of Prussia
PA 309 in Montgomeryville
PA 611 in Doylestown
North end: US 202 at New Jersey border in Solebury Township.
Location
Counties: Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks
Highway system
PA 201 PA 202

U.S. Route 202 (US 202) runs through the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, passing through the northern and western suburbs of Philadelphia. It follows a general southwest to northeast direction through the state, passing through West Chester, King of Prussia, Norristown, Montgomeryville, Doylestown, and New Hope.

Route description[edit]

Delaware County[edit]

Northbound US 202/US 322 in Chadds Ford Township.

U.S. Route 202 heads north from the Delaware border on Wilmington West Chester Pike, briefly passing through Bethel Township before entering Concord Township in Delaware County. It meets the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 491 and heads north into Chadds Ford Township. In Painters Crossing, on the border of Chadds Ford and Concord Townships, it crosses U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 322, with US 322 turning north to form a concurrency with US 202. The two routes head north along the border of Chadds Ford and Thornbury Townships toward Chester County.[2]

Chester County[edit]

US 202 and US 322 cross into Chester County, heading north on Wilmington Pike along the border of Birmingham and Thornbury Townships. They intersect Pennsylvania Route 926 and head into Westtown Township. At the border of Westtown and West Goshen Townships, US 202 and US 322 head onto the limited-access West Chester Bypass, which bypasses West Chester to the east, while U.S. Route 322 Business heads north into West Chester on High Street.[2]

The West Chester Bypass intersects Matlack Street at a traffic light, and then has interchanges with Westtown Road, Pennsylvania Route 3 (West Chester Pike), and Paoli Pike. US 322 then heads to the west on a two-lane expressway around the northern part of West Chester, and US 202 continues to the north on a four-lane expressway. It interchanges with the southern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 100, which heads to the northwest on a short expressway toward Exton. It then interchanges with Boot Road and heads into East Goshen Township briefly before entering West Whiteland Township.[2]

US 202 southbound at exit for PA 252 southbound in Tredyffrin Township

On the border of West Whiteland and East Whiteland Township, US 202 interchanges with U.S. Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue). This interchange marks the eastern terminus of the U.S. Route 30 freeway in Chester County and U.S. Route 30 Business, which heads to the west on Lancaster Pike. Past this interchange, US 202 heads in a more easterly direction and interchanges with Pennsylvania Route 401 and Pennsylvania Route 29 near the Great Valley Corporate Center. It then crosses into Tredyffrin Township and heads east, intersecting Swedesford Road at a partial interchange with access only to and from the south and then Chesterbrook Boulevard. It then meets Pennsylvania Route 252, which parallels the freeway for a little distance before crossing it.[2]

Montgomery County[edit]

US Route 202 (perpendicular), at the expressway terminus in King of Prussia. Twelve lanes move traffic through the intersection with Gulph Road.

US 202 then crosses into Upper Merion Township, where it interchanges with the eastern terminus of U.S. Route 422, which heads to the northwest on a limited-access highway. It then heads toward King of Prussia, where it interchanges with Interstate 76 (the Schuylkill Expressway). I-76 provides access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 276), which US 202 does not have direct access to. The intersection between US 202, US 422, and I-76 is a complex interchange that was recently rebuilt. Past I-76, US 202 becomes a surface road called Dekalb Pike and passes by the King of Prussia Mall, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast of the United States and one of the largest shopping malls in the country.[2]

It heads to the northeast and crosses over the Pennsylvania Turnpike, passing through various suburban developments. In Bridgeport, US 202 splits into two roads, with northbound US 202 heading into Bridgeport on two-lane, two-way Dekalb Street and southbound US 202 heading onto a four-lane freeway. Northbound US 202 crosses Pennsylvania Route 23 at an intersection in the center of Bridgeport and southbound US 202 features ramps that provide access to PA 23. These ramps were intended to connect to the Schuylkill Parkway, a never-built bypass of PA 23 in Upper Merion Township. Both routes cross the Schuylkill River into Norristown, with northbound US 202 heading north on one way Dekalb Street and US 202 southbound heading down two-way Markley Street. US 202 follows this one-way pair through the length of Norristown, with the route meeting back into one road at the northern border of Norristown, where southbound US 202 follows Johnson Highway between Dekalb Street and Markley Street.[2]

US Route 202 northbound (Dekalb Pike) at Sumneytown Pike in Lower Gwynedd Township.

US 202 then heads into East Norriton Township on the two-way Dekalb Pike. It intersects Germantown Pike and then continues into Whitpain Township. It passes over the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 476) and intersects Pennsylvania Route 73. It then heads into Lower Gwynedd Township and then runs along the border of Lower Gwynedd and Upper Gwynedd Townships. At this point US 202 becomes a four-lane parkway and intersects Pennsylvania Route 63. It then heads into Montgomery Township and intersects Pennsylvania Route 309 (Bethlehem Pike) at an interchange. The parkway continues northeast, crossing Pennsylvania Route 463. At this intersection, the US 202 parkway narrows to two lanes.[2]

Bucks County[edit]

US Route 202 northbound on Lower York Road, approaching New Hope.

US 202 crosses County Line Road into Warrington Township in Bucks County. Here, it comes to an intersection with Pennsylvania Route 152. The parkway continues northeast into Doylestown Township, where it comes to a cloverleaf interchange with the Pennsylvania Route 611 Doylestown Bypass. At this point, US 202 becomes a four-lane freeway running along the southern edge of Doylestown, interchanging with Main Street. The freeway then ends, and US 202 becomes a surface road called Doylestown-Buckingham Pike, intersecting Pennsylvania Route 313. It heads east into Buckingham Township, and continues to the village of Buckingham, where it crosses Pennsylvania Route 413 and then meets Pennsylvania Route 263.[2]

It then forms a concurrency with PA 263, heading north on York Road, a part of Old York Road which connected Philadelphia to New York City. The two routes split in Lahaska, with US 202 heading east on Lower York Road. It heads into Solebury Township and heads east toward New Hope. Before reaching New Hope, it meets Pennsylvania Route 179, which heads into New Hope on the former alignment of US 202. US 202 bends to the north of New Hope and interchanges with Pennsylvania Route 32 before crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey on the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge.[2]

History[edit]

Before the creation of the U.S. highway system, the route had been part of Pennsylvania Route 29 between the Delaware border and West Chester and Pennsylvania Route 52 between West Chester and the New Jersey border.[3] U.S. Route 122 was created in 1926, connecting US 22 at Whitehouse, New Jersey with Wilmington, Delaware. It became part of US 202 in 1934.

U.S. Route 202 had followed a different alignment in Chester County before the limited access alignment was built. The former alignment had US 202 exiting from US 322 and what was then the West Chester By-Pass onto Paoli Pike, then later overlapping US 30 in Paoli and then turning north on what later became PA 252.

The Piedmont Expressway[edit]

In the early 1960s, a four-lane freeway was proposed that would follow the US 202 corridor. The "Piedmont Expressway" was to be 59 miles (95 km) long, and would cost approximately $146 million. It was to serve as an outer beltway around the Philadelphia area, similar to the Capital Beltway that encircles Washington, D.C.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation divided the US 202 Expressway into the following eight sections:

202 Parkway[edit]

US 202 parkway northbound past PA 63 in Montgomery Township

The 202 Parkway was proposed as an 8.5-mile (13.7 km) at-grade road that would run from Montgomeryville to Doylestown north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The road has been at the front of discussion and controversies around the Bucks and Montgomeryville areas for almost forty years. It was originally planned as a four-lane expressway, but in 2005 the plan was changed to a two to four lane parkway after funding for the road was cut.[4] Construction began in November 2008 on the portion between PA 63 and PA 463,[5] with the portion from PA 463 to the interchange with PA 611 following in January 2010.[6] Completion of the parkway was initially expected by late 2010 with a planned opening date in early 2011.[7] The parkway was completed by the end of 2010 between PA 63 and PA 463; this section remained closed to traffic until the remainder of the road was complete, with the exception of a small portion near PA 463.[8] The parkway opened to traffic at 2 p.m. on December 3, 2012 at a cost of $200 million.[9][10] Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley cut the ribbon to open the parkway.[11] The parkway has four lanes from Pennsylvania Route 63 to Pennsylvania Route 463 and two lanes from PA 463 to Pennsylvania Route 611. It has 5-foot-wide (1.5 m) shoulders, a 12-foot-wide (3.7 m) walking path on the side, and a 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit.[10][12] The 202 Parkway has been designated as a Pennsylvania Scenic Byway; as such, billboards are banned.[11]

Widening of US 202 between Sumneytown Pike and PA 63 to 5 lanes (4 travel lanes plus a center left-turn lane) is also underway as an adjunct to the 202 Parkway project, linking the southern end of the Parkway with the existing 4-lane highway below Sumneytown Pike. This section is expected to be completed by late fall 2012.[13]

Prior to the opening of the parkway, US 202 followed DeKalb Pike, PA 309, Doylestown Road, Butler Avenue, State Street, and PA 611 between Montgomery Township and Doylestown.[14][15]

Future[edit]

PennDOT has plans to widen two sections of U.S. Route 202, from U.S. Route 30 in East Whiteland Township to North Valley Road in Tredyffrin Township in Chester County, costing $175 million, and from Johnson Highway on the Norristown/East Norriton Township border to Pennsylvania Route 309 in Montgomeryville in Montgomery County, costing $130 million.[16] Preliminary work on the US 30 to North Valley Road widening project involved the replacement of three bridges over US 202 between March 2007 and fall 2008, with an additional four bridges replaced or modified between February 2008 and summer 2010.[17] Construction on the actual widening of both segments was expected to start in 2009. However, PennDOT indefinitely suspended construction on both segments due to need to use money to repair structurally deficient bridges.[16] Work on widening and reconstructing US 202 from four to six lanes between the Mill Road overpass and North Valley Road began in April of 2011, with completion in September of 2014. Construction on widening and reconstructing the highway between US 30 and the Mill Road overpass commenced in April of 2013 with completion slated for 2016.[17]

PennDOT is planning on realigning the intersection where US 202 meets State Street at the north end of the freeway in Doylestown into a T-intersection with a traffic signal. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 with completion in October of that year. In addition, the intersection with Mechanicsville Road in Buckingham Township will be realigned from a sharp angle to a T-intersection.[18]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Delaware Bethel Township 0.000 0.000 US 202 south (Concord Pike) – Wilmington Delaware border
Concord Township 0.748 1.204 PA 491 east (Naamans Creek Road)
Chadds Ford Township 2.993 4.817 US 1 / US 322 east (Baltimore Pike) – Kennett Square, Concordville South end of US 322 overlap
Chester Thornbury Township
Westtown Township
6.126 9.859 PA 926 (Street Road) – Pocopson, Cheyney
West Goshen Township 7.741 12.458 South end of freeway
7.741 12.458
US 322 Bus. west (High Street)
8.215 13.221 Matlack Street At-grade intersection
8.995 14.476 Westtown Road
9.791 15.757 PA 3 (Gay Street) – Newtown Square
10.053 16.179 Paoli Pike
10.786 17.358 US 322 west – Downingtown Northbound exit, southbound entrance, north end of US 322 overlap
11.561 18.606 PA 100 north to US 30 west – Exton Northbound exit, southbound entrance
12.560 20.213 Boot Road
East Whiteland Township 14.610 23.513
US 30 to US 30 Bus. – Frazer, Downingtown
16.400 26.393 PA 401 – Frazer
18.344 29.522 PA 29 – Malvern, Great Valley
Tredyffrin Township 21.267 34.226 To PA 252 – Paoli Northbound exit, southbound entrance
21.964 35.348 Chesterbrook Boulevard
22.223 35.764 PA 252 south – Paoli, Devon Southbound exit, northbound entrance
23.357 37.589 PA 252 (Valley Forge Road) / West Valley Road
24.665 39.694 Devon Park Drive Northbound exit and entrance
24.665 39.694 I-76 east – Philadelphia Northbound exit
25.071 40.348 US 422 west – Pottstown
Montgomery Upper Merion Township 25.071 40.348 Swedesford Road Southbound exit from US 422 westbound C/D ramp
25.778 41.486 I-76 to Penna Turnpike / I-276 east – Philadelphia, New Jersey, Harrisburg No northbound exit to I-76 east
25.778 41.486 North end of freeway
Bridgeport 28.893 46.499 PA 23 (Valley Forge Road, Fourth Street) – King of Prussia, Phoenixville, Conshohocken Interchange southbound, at-grade intersection northbound, southbound entrance via Dekalb Street
Whitpain Township 34.125 54.919 PA 73 (Skippack Pike) – Boyertown, Whitemarsh
Montgomery Township 38.526 62.002 PA 63 (Welsh Road) – Lansdale, Willow Grove
39.541 63.635 PA 309 (Bethlehem Pike) – Quakertown, Philadelphia Interchange
40.195 64.688 PA 463 (Horsham Road) – Hatfield, Horsham
Bucks Warrington Township 42.865 68.985 PA 152 (Limekiln Pike) – Chalfont, Prospectville
Doylestown Township 46.823 75.354 South end of freeway
46.823 75.354 PA 611 – Philadelphia, Easton
47.481 76.413 Main Street – Business District
49.070 78.971 North end of freeway
49.119 79.049 PA 313 (Swamp Road) – Dublin, Furlong
Buckingham Township 51.651 83.124 PA 413 (Durham Road) – Mechanicsville, Newtown
51.846 83.438 PA 263 south (York Road) South end of PA 263 overlap
53.612 86.280 PA 263 north (Upper York Road) North end of PA 263 overlap
Solebury Township 57.272 92.170 PA 179 north (Lower York Road) – New Hope
58.007 93.353 South end of freeway
58.702 94.472 PA 32 – New Hope, Easton
Delaware River 59.002 94.955 New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge
Hunterdon Delaware Township 59.002 94.955 US 202 north – Flemington, Somerville New Jersey border
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

US 202 Alternate Truck[edit]



U.S. Route 202 Alternate Truck
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Existed: 2013–present

U.S. Route 202 Alternate Truck is a truck route of US 202 bypassing a weight-restricted bridge over the Wissahickon Creek in Lower Gwynedd Township, on which trucks over 30 tons and combination loads over 40 tons are prohibited. The route follows Morris Road, North Wales Road, and PA 63. The route was created in 2013.[19][20]

US 202 Alternate Truck turning right at PA 63, leaving North Wales Road


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (December 31, 2012). "Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams" (2013 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Google Inc. "U.S. Route 202 in Pennsylvania". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Stateline+Rd&daddr=40.1987106,-75.2567941+to:US-202+N&hl=en&ll=40.092781,-75.171204&spn=0.859365,1.783905&sll=40.235116,-75.214634&sspn=0.107196,0.222988&geocode=Fd_kXwIdxVt_-w%3BFTZiZQIdJqyD-ylPaKMWZqPGiTGrLO-MJmgNlw%3BFXQjaAIdUEWI-w&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1&t=m&z=10. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  3. ^ The US Highway System and Numbering – The Pennsylvania State Route Numbering System – Central PA/MD Roads URL accessed 16 February 2008
  4. ^ Savana, Freda R. (March 2, 2008). "Make way for the 202 Parkway". The Intelligencer. 
  5. ^ Kristofic, Christina (July 24, 2009). "Oktoberfest is canceled this year". The Intelligencer. 
  6. ^ "June 2010 construction update". US 202 Section 700. June 21, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Moyer, Sandra (March 26, 2008). "Parkway construction could begin by year's end". The Intelligencer. 
  8. ^ "December 2010/January 2011 construction update". US 202 Section 700. December 2010 – January 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Route 202's New Parkway Officially Opens". WCAU-TV. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Mucha, Peter (December 3, 2012). "New Route 202 parkway opens today". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Savana, Freda R. (December 3, 2012). "It's official: The 202 parkway is open". The Intelligencer. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Kristofic, Christina (November 1, 2007). "PennDOT to hold meetings on noise from parkway". The Intelligencer. 
  13. ^ "Route 202 Parkway Construction Update Fall 2012". US 202 Section 700. Fall 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ ADC Map (2006). Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (18th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-775-2.
  15. ^ ADC Map (2006). Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (19th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-774-4.
  16. ^ a b Petersen, Nancy (May 6, 2008). "Gridlock ahead for road projects". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  17. ^ a b "Overview - Widening and Reconstruction on U.S. 202 in 2014". Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ Friedman, Stuart Lee (December 18, 2014). "PennDOT reveals plan for Route 202 realignment". Bucks County Herald. 
  19. ^ Google Inc. "overview of U.S. Route 202 Alternate Truck". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/4QmEi. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  20. ^ "Risk-Based Bridge Postings - State and Local Bridges". Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. October 8, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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