Weekday lane closures are scheduled on several state highways in Chester County including U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass), on Monday, February 15, through Friday, February 26, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) installations, announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
The work is part of a project to install ITS improvements on U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) and a 20-mile stretch of Business U.S. 30 that extends from west of Route 10 (Octorara Trail) in West Sadsbury Township to the U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) Interchange with U.S. 202 in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.
The work locations are:
- Business U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) between Exton Square Parkway and Exton Square Parkway in West Whiteland Township;
- Business U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) between Boulevard Drive and Iris Road in Valley Township;
- Business U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) between U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) and Fairway Lane in West Whiteland and East Caln Township;
- Route 82 (Manor Road) between Route 340 (Kings Highway) and U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) off-ramp in Valley Township;
- Westbound U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) between Coatesville and Airport Road interchanges in Valley Township; and
- Westbound U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) between U.S. 202 and Phoenixville Pike in East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change.
Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, and relevant training.
The purpose of the project is to improve traffic operations in advance of the U.S. 30 reconstruction and improvements project that is expected to begin sometime in the mid-2020s.
ITS improvements to be installed include variable message signs, traffic cameras and travel time readers which will aid the department in monitoring the flow of traffic, mitigating congestion, and handling emergency response during future construction operations. The new ITS devices will be connected to PennDOT’s fiber-optic communications system and will be managed from the department’s Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC), located in the District 6-0 office in King of Prussia.
The entire project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.
Bruce & Merrilees Electric Company, of New Castle, PA, is the general contractor on the $5,892,298 project which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
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