Pennsylvania Roads - US 202/322

and US 202/322

NB/WB photos from the US 202/322 Downingtown Bypass (every short freeway in PA is a Bypass), starting from the surface alignment where the routes exit themselves. The blank space on the Paoli Pike signage is there because US 202 used the Pike while this freeway was only US 322. The arrows were removed because now US 322 is a right exit from US 202, so even though they were meant as through arrows for this interchange, it would ultimately be misleading.

SB/EB along the same multiplex. The last sign is for US 322 Business WB. The PA 3 sign used to say EAST, and that's because there was no need to sign it into town to the west bcause of the prior (Paoli Pike) exit. Chris Commans points out that the 202 freeway didn't exist north of West Chester when these signs were erected, so anyone coming on 202 would have already been on Paoli Pike and just continued straight (merging with PA 3), while anyone coming on 322 would use 322 Business into town - thus no need for PA 3 WB to be signed at all. Of course, I would still argue that Paoli Pike should be signed for PA 3 WB given how soon it meets West Chester Pike.

This is a stretch of original concrete along an original Pennsylvania freeway, US 202 east of US 30 and west of US 422/I-76/I-276.

On the SB ramp to PA 252.

The signs are brand-new in the 422/76/276 area, as are just about all of the roadways, but while the interchange is much, much more beautiful and functional than it was, these signs are ugly and dysfunctional. The first photo is NB.

More examples of failure SB at Gulph Rd., first photo courtesy Scott Colbert. It looks like half the shields worked and half didn't, including one I-76 shield but not the other.

More failed SB signs that I photographed. Even when they get the US shield right, they don't put the number in the right place.

Last but not least ugly, in the King of Prussia Mall.

Major connecting roads to the Turnpike have trailblazers that begin as far as 10 miles away. Most start at 5 miles, and it took me years to get one road with all five (not this one, obviously - PA 75). Note that there is neither an I-76 or I-276 trailblazer to go with any of these.

Forget those other shields. This is ORIGINAL, folks, one of the first shields for the Turnpike to ever appear, and I think it's sadly gone now.

SB on former US 202 crossing the Schuylkill River to Bridgeport. The former route is well-marked as if it were the current one because it's used as a through road in either direction to access US 202.

A Norristown street sign; US 202 is Markley St.

NB widening in advance of the new 202 Parkway and its beginning near PA 63, courtesy Lou Corsaro. US 202 curved left here, making it the perfect place to start the parkway. US 202 was originally proposed to continue the freeway from US 422/I-76/I-276 in King of Prussia north around Bridgeport and Norristown, along this new parkway alignment, into the Doylestown bypass, and on the NJ freeway section. The Doylestown bypass opened in 1976, and for decades was the only piece of freeway between KOP and NJ on a road that badly needed something, if not a full freeway. Well, the parkway is "something", better than nothing but not a true fix. It was a compromise to get anything built in the right-of-way at all after years of residential NIMBYism, but a 2-lane winding road with traffic lights doesn't do a whole lot to bypass a 2-lane straight road with traffic lights, especially when there are other 2-lane straight roads with fewer traffic lights on either side. The greatest improvement is at PA 309, eliminating the concurrency there (see link at bottom).

Looking at the NB lanes' stub at the western end of the freeway.

Perspectives of the SB lanes and the whole stub.

The would-be PA 611 NB loop ramp to US 202 SB comes in from the right, but there's barely any freeway to merge into. The other end of this ramp is blocked by debris, so it's paved for nothing.

As I loop from US 202 SB to PA 611 SB, here is the would-be PA 611 SB ramp to US 202 SB.

The SB signage, original to the bypass in 1976. Clearly, the 202 tab wasn't tacked on (nor advance sign placed) until it became clear the stub end of the freeway would remain for the foreseeable future, as it both is lighter green and has a shield.

The only NB button copy on the freeway.

Staring down the SB lanes of the eastern stub. Like a lot of Pennsylvania SR and US bypasses, this freeway stops short, routing US 202 mile back to its old alignment

The NB offramp that now carries US 202.

Looking westward, i.e. at the SB merge with what is now US 202 SB.

One last Bypass photo from the eastern stub, as I leave the roadway NB.

US 202 NB on the short freeway entering NJ that would have connected west to the Doylestown Bypass. There is no stub to speak of on this freeway.

PA 611 and US 202/PA 611
Onto US 322 alone

PA 309 and former US 202/PA 309
PA 152 and former US 202/PA 152
PA 179, former US 202

Into New Jersey on US 202
Into Delaware on US 202
Onto PA 3
Onto I-76
Onto I-276
Onto US 422
To PA 32
Continue south on US 202 at Steve Anderson's
US 202 on Jeff Kitsko's
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