Westbound U.S. Route 422 at the exit for Stowe, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KING OF PRUSSIA — PennDOT has announced nighttime lane closures on Route 422 beginning Sunday and lasting through Dec. 21.
Between the Sanatoga and Route 724 interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry, crews will be working Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., causing the right westbound lane to close, Dec. 2 through 21.
A lane will be closed on the eastbound side in the same stretch between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Friday nights, Dec. 3 through 21.
The right lane of the westbound side will be closed between the Stowe and Route 100 interchanges in North Coventry Dec. 2 through 21 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. with crews working Sunday through Friday.
A truck driver was critically injured and the westbound lanes of Route 422 in Amity Township were closed Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer rolled down an embankment along the highway, police said.
Leonard Barnard, 45, of Philadelphia was westbound in a rig hauling produce about 5:15 a.m. when he lost control near River Bridge Road, just west of the merge ramp from the Pottstown Bypass, police said.
Who would have ever thought proximity to Route 422 would be a litmus test for a good corn crop? Certainly not I. However, that is the case in Berks County. Farms south of 422 are in good shape and farms north of 422 are suffering.
July’s above normal temperatures, coupled with a lack of rain has caused tremendous damage to corn crops in Berks County located north of 422. Farms south of 422 received more rain and the clay-like soil holds moisture better. Most farms in Berks County do not use irrigation to water crops.
Berks County is not the only place where the corn crop is doing poorly. Nationwide it is estimated that corn yields will be down 40 percent! This translates into higher prices at the supermarket for you and I!
Another casualty of the heat has been milk production. Cows do not like heat (sounds familiar) and when they are hot they eat less and produce less milk!
The High Street bridge is now closed over the Manatawny Creek in downtown Pottstown. The detour is College Drive to South Hanover Street. You could also use King Street. The High Street bridge will remain closed for one year while it is replaced.
The Route 100 bridge over the Schuylkill River is still under construction and traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.
More bridge work is scheduled for two 422 bridges in West and Lower Pottsgrove Townships.
The Keim Street bridge is on the replacement list but that is some years down the road and will remain closed.
Costco is coming to Limerick Township! The new store will be an anchor in the Gateway at Sanatoga Shopping Center, which is now under construction, next to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.
According to the website, the center will be 412,000 square feet and feature a Costco, 170,000 square feet of in-line retail space, 6 restaurants, 1 cinema, 2 banks and a hotel. When combined with the Philadelphia Premium Outlets there will 1,000,000 square feet of retail space, upon completion, at this location.
Looks like another push is in the works for making Interstate 80 a toll road. If this doesn’t happen, it will jeopardize road work here in the Pottstown area on 422. Evidently, future improvements to 422 would be funded, at least in part, from the profits made by making I-80 a toll road.
The powers that be figure maybe Obama will bite. Hmmmm… time will tell!