U.S. 202

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U.S. 202 continues northward from the First State into Pennsylvania as a four to six lane arterial. Development is not as heavy as it is in the First State but is nonetheless still substantial. Mostly commercial in design, U.S. 202 retains heavy traffic volumes as it treks northward to West Chester. There U.S. 202 bypasses the Chester County seat on a controlled access expressway. Beyond the intersection with Matlack Street, U.S. 202 comprises a full freeway.

U.S. 322 overlaps with U.S. 202 north of the intersection with U.S. 1 near Chadds Ford. The two overlap northward to West Chester, where U.S. 322 branches west along a north bypass of the city to Downingtown Pike. U.S. 322 Business meanwhile passes through the city along the former alignment.

Continuing north, U.S. 202 travels to the west Philadelphia suburbs of Exton, Malvern, Paoli, Berwyn, Devon and ultimately King of Prussia. The original alignment of U.S. 202 roughly follows Paoli Pike to the south of the freeway.

The freeway linking West Chester and King of Prussia was constructed in the 1960s. As the area grew in population, the limited access highway succumbed to congestion and capacity related issues. Planned in the 1980s and constructed from the mid-1990s onward, a five year $290 million reconstruction project upgraded northern reaches of the freeway. U.S. 202 was expanded from four to six lanes between Tredyffrin Township and King of Prussia mall, with additional work focused on a complete redesign of the interchange with Interstate 76 and U.S. 422. The project entailed the replacement or construction of 36 separate ramps. All work was completed by October 30, 2003.1

U.S. 202 Pennsylvania Guides

U.S. 202 scenes
U.S. 322 Business (High Street) south at the end of the West Chester Bypass (U.S. 202 & 322). A trumpet interchange joins the two roadways. Photo taken 06/17/00.
Erroneous Pennsylvania 202 shields posted at the Saulin Boulevard intersection with U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) at King of Prussia. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Dekalb Street southbound at the intersection with 5th Street in Bridgeport. Dekalb Street carries U.S. 202 northbound through both Bridgeport and Norristown. U.S. 202 southbound however travels Markley Street, the Dannehower Bridge over the Schuylkill River, and Dekalb Pike to the west. The older mast arm supported signals here, replaced by 2007, were set to flash caution for Dekalb Street. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Ford Street and Dekalb Street come together ahead of their end at U.S. 202 (Dekalb Pike) south of Bridgeport. The separate directions of U.S. 202 join and travel Dekalb Pike southward to King of Prussia and Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway). Dekalb Pike carries four lanes of traffic to the right en route to Norristown via the Dannehower Bridge. Photo taken 08/15/04.

Sources:
  1. "Route 202 project comes to an end." The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 30, 2003.


Photo Credits:

06/17/00, 08/15/04 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 476

Page Updated 02-12-2005.