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.