U.S. 422 is one of a few U.S. routes that have two disjointed sections (others include U.S. 2 and U.S. 10). The western segment runs east from Youngstown, Ohio to New Castle, Kittanning, Indiana and the freeway along U.S. 219 at Ebensburg. U.S. 422 reemerges east from U.S. 322 and PA 39 at Hummelstown. The eastern segment travels to Lebanon, Reading, Pottstown and King of Prussia outside Philadelphia.

U.S. 422 Pennsylvania Guides

Opened on December 20, 1963, the freeway taking U.S. 422 around Reading was constructed at a cost of $11 million. The 7.1 mile long freeway stretched eastward from the Warren Street Bypass (PA 12) to Philadelphia Pike (Perkiomen Avenue) near 47th Street in Reiffton.1

The east end of U.S. 422 is with U.S. 202 south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and west of Interstate 76 at King of Prussia. A major reconstruction project from 2001 to 2003 rebuilt U.S. 202 and the exchanges with both I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) and U.S. 422. Work also rebuilt the final mile of U.S. 422, and added c/d roadways along U.S. 202 from U.S. 422 to I-76.

U.S. 422 previously continued southeast to PA 309 (former U.S. 309) in Philadelphia. Originally the route extended further to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and the New Jersey state line at the Delaware River. Upon completion of the Schuylkill Expressway Extension from Pottstown to King of Prussia, U.S. 422 was relocated from Germantown Pike and truncated westward.

U.S. 422 scenes
Paralleling I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) north from King of Prussia Town Center, Gulph Road (SR 3039) passes under the Pennsylvania Turnpike alongside U.S. 422 (Schuylkill Expressway Extension) ahead of Freedom Drive. 12/19/17
Gulph Road (SR 3039) connects with U.S. 422 (Schuylkill Expressway Extension) east via 1st Avenue. 12/19/17
U.S. 422 concludes just south of the exchange with 1st Avenue at U.S. 202. Gulph Road parallels U.S. 422 north to PA 23 at Valley Forge National Park. 12/19/17
1st Avenue stems west from Allendale Road to Valley Forge Casino and U.S. 422 (Schuylkill Expressway Extension) east. 12/19/17
1st Avenue intersects Gulph Road ahead of U.S. 422 east to U.S. 202 and I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway). Gulph Road north to PA 23 links 1st Avenue with U.S. 422 west. 12/19/17
Neversink Road (SR 2039) north at the entrance ramp for U.S. 422 west in Exeter township. 06/24/12
U.S. 422 Business East - New Castle
U.S. 422 Business arcs southeast from I-376/U.S. 422 along Sampson Street into the city of New Castle. U.S. 422 Business combines with U.S. 224 along Falls Street east into Downtown at the forthcoming intersection. September 1999
U.S. 422 Business East - Reading
U.S. 422 Business (Penn Avenue) crosses the Schuylkill River east from the cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 422 (West Shore Bypass) in West Reading. 08/01/04
U.S. 422 Business proceeds east into the city of Reading along Penn Street. 08/01/04
U.S. 422 Business partitions into a one way couplet with eastbound following 2nd Street south one block to Franklin Street east. Westbound lines Washington Street one block north of Penn Street. 08/01/04

Sources:
  1. "Traffic Now Moving Over Reading Bypass." Reading Eagle (PA), December 20, 1963.


Photo Credits:

September 1999, 08/01/04, 06/24/12, 12/19/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 176
U.S. 222
Route 12 - Warren Street Bypass

Page Updated 02-08-2021.

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