Pennsylvania Roads - US 202 (S. of Norristown)/US 322

south of Norristown 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.

Continue north on US 202
Onto US 322 alone
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Into Delaware on US 202
Onto PA 3
Onto I-76
Onto I-276
Onto US 422
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