Monday, December 3, 2012
After decades of planning and construction, the Route 202 Parkway opened Monday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A collective sigh of relief seemed to emanate from the public officials gathered at the 202 Parkway's ribbon-cutting ceremony on the George Niblock Bridge in Warrington. After decades of planning, shelving of the plans, debates over new plans, funding issues and, finally, construction, the feeling of accomplishment running through the crowd has been a long time coming. Representatives from local, county and state offices gave remarks that held common themes of gratitude at the cooperation among the different parties involved in the planning and execution, and optimism that the new road will bring much-needed relief to traffic congestion between the two sections of Bucks and Montgomery counties. "This road is a model of what can happen when…
Driving the parkway went smoothly on opening day, but it remains to be seen if the scenic road will be able to handle heavy traffic.
It's like a suburban Skyline Drive. That's the impression I got as I drove the Route 202 Parkway just minutes after it opened to traffic late Monday afternoon. The real Skyline Drive is a 105-mile-long, two-lane road that runs the length of Shendandoah National Park in Virginia, featuring overlooks with sweeping vistas. The 35 mph road is free of commercial development, has overpasses and underpasses to avoid traffic lights, and is restricted to cars and passenger trucks. The new Route 202 Parkway would be a fantastic road if it were located in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. It is protected from commercial development and private access, and is paralleled for its entire length by a paved 12-foot-wide bike-hike trail separated from …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The road will be closed for 10 months so PennDOT can build a bridge over the Route 202 Bypass.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Pickertown Road will be closed and detoured between Stump Road and Upper State Road in Warrington Township for 10 months starting Nov. 1 for construction of a bridge over the new Route 202 Parkway, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Wednesday. During the closure of Pickertown Road, a posted detour will take drivers over Stump Road, Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) and Upper State Road. Local access will be maintained up to the work area. PennDOT’s contractor will build a one-span, 72-foot long concrete box beam bridge to carry Pickertown Road over the new Route 202 Parkway. The bridge will have two 12-foot wide travel lanes, four-wide shoulders, and five-foot wide sidewalks on both sides of the structure. Pickertown Road is …