Route 202 Parkway Set to Open Dec. 3

The $200 million Parkway will have a 40mph limit and feature 12-foot-wide shared-use bike and pedestrian pathways

After many years of construction, and numerous traffic restrictions for new guardrails, traffic signalization, sound walls and the like, the $200 million U.S. Route 202 Parkway will open to traffic Monday, Dec. 3.

The 8.4-mile Parkway, according to PennDOT, is a direct route from Montgomeryville to Doylestown, beginning at Route 63 near Stump Road and ending at Route 611.

“We look forward to opening Pennsylvania’s newest roadway as the Route 202 Parkway will provide additional transportation capacity and enhance travel along this congested corridor in Montgomery and Bucks counties,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said in a statement.

The Parkway boasts four 11-foot-wide travel lanes (two in each direction), between Route 63/Welsh Road and Route 463 in Montgomery County, and two 11-foot-wide travel lanes (one in each direction) from Route 463 to Route 611.

The limit for the entire Parkway will be 40 mph.

In addition, there are 12-foot-wide shared-use bike and pedestrian paths, with 19 access points along the route.

Five trailhead parking areas will be along the route at the following locations: Knapp Road, Route 309, Stump Road, Bristol Road and New Britain Road.

Check out PennDOT updates at www.us202-700.com.

Jerry Butkus November 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM
It nice this is finally done but 200M for another two lane(I guess four closer to 309) road with 40 speed limit and multiple new traffic lights is less than thrilling. I always wanted to bike to Cosco! Thanks Penn Dot
Theatreguy November 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Was hoping it was going to be a faster route from the turnpike to New Hope. With traffic lights and just 40mph,I guess not.
Bob November 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
To me it will be the same getting around during non rush hour, but this should be highly beneficial during rush hour where 202 is just a parking lot. Not sure why its 40mph. The bypass around doylestown to 611 is 55mph It honestly needs to be extended all the way to jersey...they shouldnt stop just at doylestown. 202 is still one lane from doylestown to new hope. As more and more developments are being built in and around doylestown, the traffic has gotten progressively horrible. They need to think ahead and extend this through to NJ. But i can go 50 mph on 202 today in that area, a 2 lane hwy with only a few exits should be 55mph at least. The other major problem still is getting from central bucks to philly. Yea this bypass may help with getting to 276, but thats just funneling more cars to a mess. Hopefully penndot can invest in getting our infrastructure up to 22nd century standards as every decade that goes by makes it that much harder to get around this area. (We are becoming worse than the congestive mess of central/north nj).
kevin November 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
i agree it will eventually helping 202 traffic, but what a dumb waste 2 lanes and 40mph is. not to mention the bike paths, there are no bike paths on 202 why should they be on it's BYPASS! people bitched and moaned so long and hard that this road was rendered useless.
Sherman Fairchild November 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
having that picture of toddlers in the roadway is priceless stupidity
n. acharya November 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Don't know about others, but I drive using maps, not scenic photos, descriptions and PennDoT publicity. Without an obvious link to a map what earthly use is this article?
Jeff Lugar November 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Sadly, it's a road built 30 years too late, two lanes too few, and a few mph too slow.
Nancy Hill-Hoffner Scott November 28, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I agree! We have enough parks to ride bikes! This was all to appease the AH that voted against this for the last 20 years! glad to have it, but what a waste at 40 MPH- thank the community for that one
Jeff Lugar November 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The bike paths aren't to replace park riding, Nancy, they're so people can commute safely via bicycle if they wish.
Emrey Martin November 30, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Jerry, If I understand correctly, the lights are sync'd for 40 mph so with a little luck you ought not have to stop too much. Sunny day scenario: the full length will take you less than 13 minutes. (fingers crossed!). There are bike lanes integrated with the car lanes and additionally, physically separated lanes for walkers. Perhaps in future, the intersecting roads will get more forgiving shoulders as well. Were that so, you could ride your bike to more cool destinations (in addition to Costco). This building block makes a "bike friendly future" so much more possible. I had no part in clamoring for this, however I am extremely pleased with the outcome. Best,


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