U.S. 322 travels across the width of the Keystone State from the Ohio line by the Pymatuning Reservoir to the Commodore Barry Bridge spanning the Delaware River into New Jersey.
U.S. 322 Pennsylvania Guides
The initial 17.3 mile stretch circumvents Pymatuning Reservoir south to Jamestown and northeast to U.S. 6 at the borough of Conneaut Lake. U.S. 6/322 overlap east 5.5 miles to a roundabout with U.S. 19 in Vernon township. Three routes combine 3.0 miles east to Interstate 79 and the city of Meadville.
U.S. 6/19 remain paired north to Cambridge Springs while U.S. 322 turns southeast from Meadville 26.5 miles to U.S. 62/PA 8 in Franklin. Beyond a half mile overlap with U.S. 62/PA 8 (Liberty Street) in Franklin, U.S. 322 continues 27.7 miles southeast to PA 68 in the Clarion County seat of Clarion, and another 7.9 miles to Interstate 80 at Exit 70.
U.S. 322 parallels Interstate 80 to the south for 27.1 miles from Exit 70 to Corsica, Brookville, Reynoldsville and U.S. 119 in Sandy township. U.S. 119 ends one mile north of U.S. 322 at U.S. 219 near Dubois while U.S. 322 converges with U.S. 219, 1.5 miles to the east. U.S. 219/322 run concurrent for 2.9 miles to Salem and Luthersburg.
Shifting northward, U.S. 322 converges with the I-80 corridor alongside PA 153 to 16.8 miles east to 2nd Street in Clearfield. Through eastern Clearfield County, U.S. 322 diverges from I-80, 28.4 miles from PA 153 to I-99/U.S. 220 near Port Matilda. U.S. 322 follows I-99/U.S. 220 (Mt. Nittany Expressway) east 12.1 miles along a northern bypass of State College while U.S. 322 Business branches south to Penn State University.
U.S. 322 continues along the remainder of the Mt. Nittany Expressway 5.6 miles from Interstate 99 to U.S. 322 Business at Boalsburg. A two to three lane stretch leads U.S. 322 east 7.3 miles into Potter township, where the Potters Mills Gap (PMG) Transportation Project upgraded the route into a limited access highway:
- Section B04 - costing $1.944 million, a new overpass was constructed over U.S. 322 for Sandcrest Road (SR 2017) from March 2015 to September 25, 2015.
- Section B05 - constructed the Sand Mountain Road Interchange at Seven Mountains. Costing $10 million, the notice to proceed for work took place on August 8, 2016 and construction was completed on March 30, 2018.
- Section B06 - reconstructed U.S. 322 into a four lane freeway from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills and built the Western Interchange with PA 144. The notice to proceed was issued on May 7, 2018 and work on the $80 million contract wrapped up with a ribbon cutting event on November 9, 2020.1
All four lanes for U.S. 322 along the 3.2 mile project were opened by mid-October 2020. Work on the local access road (SR 2015) continued into 2021.1
U.S. 322 crosses into Mifflin County south ahead of Long Mountain, Front Mountain and Spruce Mountain. Following a freeway, U.S. 322 advances south to Milroy and the Kishacoquillas Valley and Mann Narrows across Jacks Mountain. U.S. 322 combines with U.S. 22/522 outside Lewistown, 13.0 miles south of the Sand Mountain Road Interchange at Faust Flat. U.S. 522 separates with U.S. 22/322 after a 0.9 mile overlap to Walnut Street.
U.S. 22/322 continue southeast along a freeway 41.0 miles from the split with U.S. 522 at Lewistown to U.S. 11/15 near Amity Hall. The two routes downgrade onto an arterial 1.4 miles south in Reed township to PA 849 west into Duncannon. Crossing the Clarks Ferry Bridge over the Susquehanna River, U.S. 22/322 again follow a freeway for 11.9 miles south to Interstate 81 in north Harrisburg.
U.S. 22 spurs south from I-81 onto Cameron Street while U.S. 322 bypasses the capital city alongside I-81 east for 2.6 miles and I-83 south for 3.4 miles to Eisenhower Boulevard. Eisenhower Boulevard links U.S. 322 with a freeway extending east from the Eisenhower Interchange joining I-83/283 along Paxton Street 0.6 miles to the south. U.S. 322 proceeds 7.0 miles east from I-83 at Oakleigh to the split with U.S. 422 between Hummelstown and Hershey.
Through Southeastern Pennsylvania, U.S. 322 travels 67.3 miles from U.S. 422 near Hershey to U.S. 202 outside West Chester. Joining Brickerville, Ephrata, Honey Brook and Downingtown, this stretch of U.S. 322 includes an expressway bypass of Cornwall.
U.S. 202/322 bypass the borough of West Chester along an expressway to the east while U.S. 322 Business connects the two routes with Downtown and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. U.S. 202/322 overlap south 7.6 miles to U.S. 1 near Chadds Ford, where U.S. 322 turns east along a commercialized stretch with U.S. 1 one mile to Concordville.
U.S. 1 branches east toward Lima and Media while U.S. 322 angles southeast 7.5 miles to Interstate 95 at Chester. A 6.8 mile long project widens U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to a point just east of PA 452 (Market Street) in Delaware County. Split into five sections, the U.S. 322 Conchester Highway Project improves 15 intersections and two interchanges:
- Section 101 - expanded 3.1 miles of U.S. 322 to four lanes with a curbed grass median between U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) and Clayton Park Drive. Work on the $62.64 million contract ran from Spring 2017 to December 2020.
- Section 102 - extends 2.0 miles from Clayton Park Drive east to Chelsea Parkway/Bethel Avenue. Work includes reconstructing the grade separated intersection with PA 261 (Foulk Road) into a parclo interchange. Estimated to cost $142 million, construction is anticipated to start in 2014 and be completed in mid-2028.
- Section 103 - reconstructs 1.7 miles of U.S. 322 from Cherry Street Road / Bethel Avenue to just east of PA 452 (Market Street) and rebuilds the grade separated intersection with PA 452 into a parclo A2 interchange. Construction on the estimated $80 million project starts in 2022 and continues to early 2026.
- Section CSX - replaces the bridge for U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) over the CSX Railroad and makes improvements at the Bethel Road Interchange. $30 million in estimated construction is tentatively scheduled to start in Summer 2021.
- Section MIT - the Environmental Mitigation Project expanded the wetland site in Thornbury township to replace wetlands impacted by the U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) project and realigned Station Road North. Costing $7.34 million, work was underway from October 2016 to Fall 2018.
Future work will reconstruct and make improvements at the exchange joining Interstate 95 and U.S. 322 when funds become available. I-95/U.S. 322 overlap for eight tenths of a mile east to the elevated freeway taking U.S. 322 south onto the Commodore Barry Bridge. U.S. 322 enters the Garden State 1.6 miles south from Interstate 95.
Commodore Barry Bridge
The Commodore John Barry Bridge crosses the Delaware River between Chester, Pennsylvania and Bridgeport, New Jersey. Operated by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), tolls are collected along the Commodore Barry Bridge westbound. The cantilever span opened to traffic on February 1, 1974 after nearly five years of construction.1 Upon completion, the bridge replaced ferry service between the two states for U.S. 322.2
The Commodore Barry Bridge travels 192 feet above the Delaware River shipping channel. Costing $126.7 million to build,1 the span opened to traffic initially with no direct connection to Interstate 95. Traffic descended from the bridge to the Chester city street grid at Flower Street and U.S. 13 (Ninth Street) as local opposition delayed the completion of the link with I-95 for two years until October 1976.2
|Running alongside the Commodore Barry Bridge from the Chester Waterfront to U.S. 13 Business (Ninth Street), Flower Street represents the former route of U.S. 322. 12/18/16|
|Flower Street (SR 3005) north connects U.S. 13/PA 291 (2nd Street) with U.S. 13 Business to the entrance ramp for U.S. 322 east along the Commodore Barry Bridge. 12/18/16|
|Flower Street north at 3rd Street below the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester. 12/18/16|
|An exit ramp from U.S. 322 westbound on the Commodore Barry Bridge ties into Flower Street (SR 3005) south at 7th Street. 12/18/16|
|Flower Street shifts east to the intersection at Edwards Street (SR 3005) and U.S. 13 Business (9th Street). 12/18/16|
|The exit ramp from the Commodore Barry Bridge westbound to U.S. 13 Business (9th Street) combines with Flower Street at Edwards Street. 12/18/16|
- "PennDOT Celebrates Near-Completion of Route 322/Potter Mill Gap Project." Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), news release. November 9, 2020.
- DRPA Bridges Commodore Barry Bridge. Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) web site.
- Commodore Barry Bridge (US 322). PhillyRoads.com
12/18/16 by AARoads
Page Updated 02-08-2021.