Traffic Backups and Delays Expected on U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass)

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Weekday lane closures are scheduled on U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) in Chester County, 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 schedule is:

  • Monday, August 3, through Friday, August 14, on westbound U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) between Reeceville Road and Coatesville interchanges in Caln and Valley townships; and
  • Tuesday, August 5, through Wednesday, August 19, on eastbound U.S. 30 (Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass) from just east of the Airport Road Interchange to just west of the Coatesville Interchange in Valley Township and City of Coatesville.
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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.

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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.

Chester County motorists can check current road conditions by visiting theĀ MyChesCo Traffic Center.

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August 2, 2020 1:12 pm

Waste of time and money. That will literally worsen traffic on an already severely bad road, just so penndot can see for themselves instead of taking the peoples word for it. If 30 is going to have additional delays aside from the already miles and hours of backup, it should at least be worth it. Reconstruction should be designed and implemented now, not watching 30 for another few years until everyone has to go 20 miles out of their way to get somewhere quicker than taking 30. Have a few survey people go stand and watch for a few days.… Read more »