U.S. Highway 422 Westbound

Western Segment
U.S. 422 West
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Eastern Segment
U.S. 422 West
Leaving the three-quarter diamond interchange with Neversink Road on U.S. 422 westbound. The US route bypasses the city of Reading to the south and west via a four-lane expressway. Original U.S. 422 remains as U.S. 422 Business to the north. Photo taken 04/23/04.
U.S. 422 westbound approaches the northern terminus of Interstate 176. All of the ground level guide signs as of Summer 2004 retain Interstate shields with the state name. Featured here is the 0.50-mile guide for the freeway spur between Reading and Morgantown. Photo taken 04/23/04.
A supplemental shield assembly resides ahead of the Interstate 176 southbound off-ramp. The 11.33-mile freeway links the Reading metropolitan area with the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) at the village of Morgantown. The freeway superceded Pennsylvania 10 (former U.S. 122) as the main route to/from the turnpike and Reading. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Westbound at the southbound beginning of Interstate 176. The four-lane freeway features interchanges with Pennsylvania 724 (Philadelphia Avenue), Pennsylvania 10 (Morgantown Road), Pennsylvania 10 & 23 (Main Street - Morgantown), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The freeway is quite scenic as it travels southward through the Berks County piedmont. Photo taken 04/23/04.
U.S. 422 westbound as it leaves the Interstate 176 trumpet interchange to cross the second of three Schuylkill River crossings. The Schuylkill River snakes eastward from Reading to Pottstown underneath the freeway between U.S. 222 Business and Neversink Road. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Upcoming exits sign featuring the two Reading downtown area interchanges of U.S. 422 westbound. The upcoming exit serves U.S. 222 Business (Lancaster Avenue & Bingaman Street) for south downtown. Exits are unnumbered on the Reading freeway system. Photo taken 04/23/04.
New overheads for the U.S. 222 Business SPUI (Single Point Urban Interchange) saw installation in 2004. U.S. 222 relocates from Lancaster Avenue between Shillington and U.S. 422 to a new freeway west of town by late 2004. Therefore the original U.S. 222 alignment becomes an extension of U.S. 222 Business from Downtown Reading southward to Pennsylvania 724 and the new freeway at Shillington. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Auxiliary guide sign for Pennsylvania 10 and Alvernia College on U.S. 422 west at the final Schuylkill River crossing. Although not readily visible, a series of abandoned railroad bridges parallel U.S. 422 to the south between Interstate 176 and Pennsylvania 10 (Morgantown Road). These bridges are part of a local trail now. Photo taken 04/23/04.
The face of this overhead is concealed awaiting the opening of the U.S. 222 freeway west of Shillington and Wyomissing. In the meantime an older upcoming exists sign remains in place touting the Lancaster Avenue and Penn Avenue interchanges with U.S. 222 Business and U.S. 422 Business respectively. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Drawing to within one half mile of the U.S. 222 Business (Lancaster Avenue) spui on U.S. 422 west. The interchange features left-hand on and off-ramps for both directions. Limited space between the Schuylkill River and Pennsylvania 10 (Morgantown Road) necessitated the narrow inter Photo taken 04/23/04.
An older sign, likely dating from the freeway's completion, remains along U.S. 422 westbound for U.S. 222 Business northbound. Lancaster Avenue becomes Bingaman Street as it crosses the Schuylkill River north of U.S. 422. U.S. 222 Business came into existance when the Reading bypass was built to allow through traffic to bypass downtown. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Dated guide sign for the former U.S. 222 & 422 overlap between Lancaster Avenue and the Warren Street Bypass. U.S. 222 traveled with U.S. 422 between the two locales since the south Reading bypass was constructed. In 2000, U.S. 222 continued along a new freeway from the U.S. 422 & Warren Street Bypass (Pennsylvania 12) interchange northward to continue bypassing Reading. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Old sign for U.S. 222 southbound at the Lancaster Avenue off-ramp. U.S. 222 from here to Shillington becomes U.S. 222 Business as U.S. 222 relocates to a new freeway between Pennsylvania 724 and Lancaster Pike west of Shillington. U.S. 222 Business thus travels between Shillington and Temple north of the city. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Westbound at the Lancaster Avenue SPUI to downtown Reading, Shillington, and Pennsylvania 10 (Morgantown Road). Placards cover up U.S. 222 Business and Lancaster Avenue on the left-hand sign in anticipation of the late 2004 opening of the new freeway at Wyomissing. Traffic otherwise is advised of the forthcoming U.S. 422 Business cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 08/11/04.
A look at the traffic light that joins the ramps to/from U.S. 422 with U.S. 222 Business (Lancaster Avenue). The left-hand shield needs a Business banner for the alignment shift of U.S. 222. Traffic turning left quickly encounters the north end of of Pennsylvania 10 (Morgantown Road) and Liggett Street. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Reassurance sign on U.S. 422 westbound directing U.S. 222 northbound motorists ahead. U.S. 422 links the Reading metropolitan area with the city of Lebanon to the west. U.S. 222 continues northeast to Kutztown and Allentown. Photo taken 04/23/04.
One half mile east of the U.S. 422 junction with Penn Avenue and Penn Street west of downtown Reading. U.S. 422 Business crosses the Schuylkill River between U.S. 422 and Front Street (Pennsylvania 183) to enter the central business district from the upcoming off-ramp. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Use U.S. 422 Business east and Penn Street to access the Sovereign Center entertainment venue in downtown Reading. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Four lanes of U.S. 422 westbound curve northerly through the U.S. 422 Business cloverleaf. U.S. 422 Business becomes Penn Street east of the freeway and Penn Avenue west of U.S. 422. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Westbound U.S. 422 at the loop ramp onto U.S. 422 Business westbound (Penn Avenue). Penn Avenue travels through West Reading en route to Wyomissing and the west end of the Warren Street Bypass freeway (U.S. 222 & 422). Photo taken 04/23/04.
Auxiliary guide sign posted for westbound motorists destined for Reading Regional Airport [General Carl A. Spaatz (USAF) Field]. U.S. 222 continues the Reading bypass northward from the Warren Street Bypass to Pennsylvania 183 and the airport at Muhlenberg. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Next in line for U.S. 422 westbound drivers is the off-ramp to N. Wyomissing Boulevard. The 0.50-mile overhead resides ahead of the Buttonwood Street overpass. Buttonwood Street travels eastward from the Reading Avenue traffic circle across the Schuylkill River to Pennsylvania 183 (Schuylkill River) and central Reading. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Now one quarter mile south of the Wyomissing Boulevard exit on U.S. 422 west. Another in a series of railroad crossings traverses the Reading bypass ahead. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Traffic to Wyomissing Boulevard westbound leaves U.S. 422 westbound. Wyomissing Boulevard links the freeway with N. Park Road and Spring Street in the West Reading community. Photo taken 08/01/04.
The N. Wyomissing Boulevard on-ramp forms the exit-only lane for Pennsylvania 12 (Warren Street Bypass) eastbound. Pennsylvania 12 replaced U.S. 222 along the east-west freeway in 2000 when a new highway opened between the upcoming interchange and the freeway at Spring Ridge Drive. Photo taken 04/23/04.
The left-hand panel displayed in the above photograph saw replacement with a new panel reflecting the U.S. 222 freeway between Wyomissing and Shillington. Still covered with placards is the control city of Lancaster for U.S. 222 south. U.S. 222 replaces U.S. 422 on the Reading bypass to the north. Photo taken 08/01/04.
The eastbound beginning of Pennsylvania 12 (Warren Street Bypass) departs U.S. 422 westbound for north Reading and Pricetown. The expressway features interchanges with River Road, Pennsylvania 61 (Centre Avenue), U.S. 222 Business (N 5th Street Highway), N 11th Street, and Spring Valley Road. Photo taken 08/01/04.
View of the Pennsylvania 12 eastbound sign bridge from four months before. Note the U.S. 422 westbound panel replaced by the sign in the above photograph. For several decades the freeway ended here abruptly with a stub that locals dubbed the "bridge to nowhere". In 2000 construction expanded the interchange to bring in the new freeway between here and Spring Ridge Drive. Photo taken 04/23/04.
A loop ramp carries U.S. 422 westbound from the Reading bypass to the Warren Street Bypass as Pennsylvania 12 passes overhead. U.S. 222 & 422 overlap between here and the Penn Avenue interchange at Wyomissing. U.S. 222 northbound continues the west Reading bypass north to the airport and Temple. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Updated signage awaiting the opening of the U.S. 222 freeway at Wyomissing. U.S. 222 & 422 overlap 1.8 miles. U.S. 222 northbound meanwhile interchanges with Pennsylvania 61 in 7.3 miles and U.S. 222 Business in 8.2 miles. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Until late 2004 U.S. 222 overlaped with U.S. 422 between the Warren Street Bypass and its original alignment of Lancaster Avenue & Bingaman Street (U.S. 222 Business) south of downtown Reading. This changes upon the completion of a new freeway between U.S. 422 and U.S. 222 (Lancaster Pike) near Shillington. Both highways travel westward from the Warren Street Bypass (Pennsylvania 12) and west Reading bypass to Wyomissing. Pictured here is 0.25-mile overhead for the Paper Mill Road exit on U.S. 422 & Future U.S. 222 southbound as they leave their confluence with Pennsylvania 12. Photo taken 08/01/04.
One eighth of a mile out from the Paper Mill Road off-ramp of U.S. 422 west & Future U.S. 222 south. Paper Mill Road stems northward from their freeway to Woodland Road and Berkshire Boulevard through residential areas of west Reading. Note the placards covering U.S. 222 and Lancaster on the pull-through panel. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Future U.S. 222 south & U.S. 422 westbound at Paper Mill Road in West Reading. Paper Mill Road migrates one mile northward to Broadcasting Road and two miles to the interchange of Spring Ridge Drive and U.S. 222. Photo taken 08/01/04.
One-half mile north of the parclo interchange with State Hill Road on Future U.S. 222 south & U.S. 422 west. State Hill Road travels northwest from North Boulevard and U.S. 222 & 422 to Cacoosing and State Hill. Photo taken 08/01/04.
U.S. 222 & 422 maintain three westbound lanes in anticipation of their upcoming split at Wyomissing (pop. 8,587) and Penn Avenue. Traffic from Paper Mill Road merges onto the freeway one quarter mile out from the State Hill Road off-ramp. Photo taken 08/01/04.
The freeway passes over State Hill Road ahead of the cloverleaf ramp for ths surface roadway below. State Hill Road becomes North Boulevard south of U.S. 222 & 422 ahead of its intersection with U.S. 422 Business (Penn Avenue). Photo taken 08/01/04.
Traffic to State Hill Road and North Boulevard depart Future U.S. 222 south & U.S. 422 westbound. Use North Boulevard southbound to access U.S. 422 Business (Penn Avenue) eastbound and Wyomissing Boulevard southbound. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Diagrammatic overhead for the Future U.S. 222 split from U.S. 422 westbound at Penn Avenue. U.S. 422 westbound departs the freeway for Penn Avenue westbound as U.S. 422 Business ends. A parclo interchange joins the freeway system with U.S. 422 Business directly after the split of U.S. 422 west. Photo taken 08/01/04.
A wye interchange carries U.S. 422 (Penn Avenue) westbound motorists from Future U.S. 222 south to Wyomissing, West Lawn, Springmont, and Sinking Spring in the west Reading metropolitan area. The US highway continues 24 miles from Future U.S. 222 to the city of Lebanon. Photo taken 08/01/04.
End shield assembly for the western terminus of the eastern segment on the Hummelstown Bypass for U.S. 322. Originally U.S. 422 continued westward to the capital city of Harrisbrg for continuity purposes to U.S. 22. Photo taken 07/01/00.

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