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December 9, 2010 - King of Prussia, PA.

PennDOT Opens Construction Bids for Widening Four Miles of Route 202 in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin Townships, Chester County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that it received an apparent low bid of $105,415,093 for the reconstruction and widening of four miles of Route 202 from just north of the Route 401 Interchange to just south of the Swedesford Road Interchange in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships, Chester County. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2011 and finish in June 2014.

Richard E. Pierson Construction Company, Inc. of Woodstown, N.J. submitted the apparent low bid to reconstruct this part of Route 202, which includes adding a third travel lane in each direction. The bid was one of four PennDOT received for this contract. The apparent low bid now must undergo a thorough evaluation to ensure that it conforms to all federal and state specifications prior to awarding the contract.

“Today’s bid opening is a milestone as we move closer to starting construction to rebuild and improve this worn and congested stretch of Route 202,” said PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso.

During the multi-stage construction project, crews will remove and replace Route 202’s old concrete pavement; widen the highway to three lanes in each direction; build a two-lane, two-mile long Collector-Distributor Road alongside northbound Route 202 to facilitate ramp moves at the Route 29 Interchange; replace bridges over Valley Creek and North Valley Road; build three retaining walls; install 10 sound barrier walls for traffic noise abatement; install 16 new sign structures; add Travel Time readers to the existing Intelligent Transportation System; install a concrete glare screen median barrier; install new drainage pipes; and construct nine storm water management basins and 10 storm water mitigation sites to enhance water quality and provide groundwater recharge to minimize impacts to the Valley Creek Watershed.

PennDOT will keep two lanes of traffic open in each direction on Route 202 during construction, although overnight lane closures will occur during certain phases of the project. The project will feature several traffic pattern changes.

This is the first of two contracts that PennDOT will move to construction to rebuild and widen 6.5 miles of Route 202 from just south of the Swedesford Road Interchange in Tredyffrin Township to the Route 30 Interchange in East Whiteland Township. The southern part of the construction corridor, which runs from just north of the Route 401 Interchange to the Route 30 Interchange, is presently in final design and roadwork is scheduled to start in early 2013.

The Route 202 improvement project is financed with 80 federal and 20 state funds.

Prior to rebuilding this section of Route 202, PennDOT invested $40 million to replace six bridges over the highway with wider structures that provide the space to add an additional travel lane in each direction, and to improve two intersections and a section of Route 401. PennDOT also invested $13.6 million for the installation of Intelligent Transportation Equipment (33 closed circuit television cameras; 22 dynamic message signs; 61 incident detectors) along Route 202 in Chester and Delaware counties and on Route 100 and Route 30 in Chester County to monitor traffic flow and inform motorists of travel conditions in and around the construction area.

For more information on the Route 202 reconstruction and widening project in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships, go to www.us202-300.com.

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