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Route 422 would benefit from increased transporation funding, PennDOT says

Plans for much-needed bridge improvements on Route 422 would likely move forward if the Pennsylvania Legislature approves additional transportation funding, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said Thursday.

During an event at the regional PennDOT Traffic Management Center, Schoch underscored the need for additional transportation investment in order to improve safety, spur economic development and improve traffic flow in the Philadelphia region and across Pennsylvania.

With more money, Schoch said Route 422 bridges over the Schuylkill River, Indian Lane and the Schuylkill River Trail in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships in Montgomery County would be rebuilt and widened.

The project, worth $133.4 million, would also include widening the highway in the project area, replacing the Route 23 bridge over Route 422 and constructing a new ramp from Route 422 East to Route 23, Schoch said.

"Governor Corbett started the process of moving a long-term, sustainable transportation plan forward, and the General Assembly needs to continue that process," Schoch said. "With additional resources, we'll make travel conditions safer and smoother for the 83,000 vehicles using U.S. 422 every day."

Schoch was joined by PennDOT District 6 Executive Les Toaso and other state and local officials.

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