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Route 202 Parkway to Open in December

The $200 million Parkway will provide a direct route between Doylestown and Montgomeryville.

 

After decades of discussion and years of planning and construction, the Route 202 Parkway will open in early December, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Thursday.

The $200 million U.S. Route 202 Parkway will connect Doylestown and Montgomeryville.

“We are eager to finish the remaining work along the nearly nine-mile-long Parkway so we can open the new roadway and its shared-use path to commuters, bicyclists and pedestrians,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said in a statement. “The Parkway is nearly completed but contractors will work the next few weeks to wrap up a number of project-related tasks.”

Items still left to finish include extensive landscaping; more than 10,000 trees, shrubs and perennials will be planted along the corridor between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30.  Crews also still need to paint traffic lines, install highway signs, and install other miscellaneous highway related items. 

Crews also must finish the installation of Intelligent Transportation System equipment (highway cameras, variable message signs, travel time readers, traffic monitors that automatically adjust traffic signals to enhance traffic flow); convert drainage basins for storm water control; finish the intersection of County Line Road and the Parkway; and complete work along the widened stretch of Route 202 (DeKalb Pike) between Route 63 (Welsh Road) and Hancock Road.  

When opened later this year, the new 8.4-mile-long Parkway will give motorists a direct route for travel along Route 202 between Route 63 (Welsh Road) and Route 611 in Montgomery, Warrington and Doylestown townships.

The speed limit on the parkway will be 40 mph speed limit.

The state-funded Parkway features four 11-foot-wide travel lanes, two in each direction, between Route 63 and Route 463 in Montgomery County, and two 11-foot-wide travel lanes, one in each direction, from north of Route 463 to its connection with Route 611 near Doylestown in Bucks County.

There are 10 signalized intersections along the corridor at Route 202 (DeKalb Pike); Route 63 (Welsh Road); Knapp Road; connector ramp to Route 309; Costco Drive; Route 463 (Horsham Road); County Line Road; Route 152 (Limekiln Pike); Bristol Road; and Lower State Road.

Accompanying the parkway is a 12-foot-wide, shared-use path and 19 access points to the path. Five trailhead parking areas were built along the Parkway at Knapp Road, Route 309, Stump Road near County Line Road intersection, Bristol Road and New Britain Road.

The parkway also features extensive landscaping, and decorative patterns and stained concrete on all roadway barriers, culverts, retaining walls and bridge surfaces to simulate a traditional, stone appearance, PennDOT said. It also includes 14,300 linear feet of landscaped earth berms; landscaped median islands; and riparian buffer plantings along wetlands and waterways.

For more information on the Route 202 Parkway visit www.us202-700.com.

Jeff Lugar October 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Yay, our new road that's too slow and doesn't have enough lanes is almost open!
DoyelstownMom October 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I was just coming to this site to ask about this. Thanks! The speed limit will be 40 mph, on a parkway???
Judy Habel October 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Pretty goofy that the speed limit is going to be 40 mph, when it's 45 on Upper State Road (where my house is). But hoping it will take some traffic off my road so I don't have to be afraid to get the mail out of my mailbox!
Bill Gallagher October 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I will call it...wait for it...Middle State Road.
Bill Gallagher October 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Or maybe Slower State Road.
Manny Tavares October 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Let's see... 10 signalized intersections 40 mph 2 lanes in 8.4 miles for 200 million! The funniest part is that it appears it will take longer to get there on this parkway then on lower state. If you look at the map, you will see that lowers state is actually a shorter road.
Jeff Lugar October 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
But Lower State has its bottlenecks. The intersection with Limekiln and County Line more than make up for any shorter road length.
Stan Broskey October 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I agree with all of the comments above! When did this go from a proposed 4 lane road to a 2 lane road? Every bit of excitement I had about this is now gone. I guess I just was not paying enough attention.
Barry Schwartz October 16, 2012 at 09:29 PM
10,000 trees over 8.4 miles is almost 1200 per mile. I thought we were building a road, not an arboretum. Between the extensive landscaping and decorative patterned stained concrete, no wonder it took so long and cost so much. Who is it at Penndot that decides how to spend our money? .
Joshua Ciliberti November 28, 2012 at 03:25 AM
First I was excited about this new road because it is 8.4 miles reduces traffic on 202,309,63 and Upper and Lower State Roads. But now i hear that it has 10 signalized intersections, only 2 lanes and it is only 40 mph.. Who puts a speed limit of 40 mph on a road that should help traffic? That will cause more traffic! Hopefully this road will be useful. I know the traffic on US 202 between Montgomeryville and Doylestown and that is crazy i wont be surprised if this is as worse. Lets see!

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