After years of construction, the Route 202 Parkway, spanning from Route 63/Welsh Road to Route 611 in Bucks County, will open today between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
According to PennDOT's Gene Blaum, there will be a staged opening with PennDOT trucks serving as pace cars. These pace cars will proceed south from Route 611 and north from Route 63.
An opening event begins at 2 p.m. on the Parkway, north of County Line Road.
The new $200-million, 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.
“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 in October. “The Parkway is nearly completed but contractors will work the next few weeks to wrap up a number of project-related tasks.”
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.