PennDOT Brainstorming a Reconfiguration of Route 30 Bypass


Image of the Route 30 Bypass via the Chester County Press.

There’s no shortage of issues with the current Route 30 Bypass through Coatesville and Downingtown, and PennDOT wants to get them all on the table as its engineers problem-solve the future reconfiguration of the 14-mile stretch.

What will become an $835 million project aimed at being built in the mid-2020s is still in its first phase of brainstorming issues and conceptual design options, according to a Chester County Press report by Natalie Smith.

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“The one thing I’d like (the public) to know is we’re open and listening to their thoughts on the project,” said district Design Portfolio Manager Tim Stevenson. “I can’t implore enough for people to provide comment and let us know what they’re thinking.

“If they have a better mousetrap that would improve one of these interchanges to make it work better, we’re open to hearing it.”

PennDOT has hosted Route 30 Bypass public meetings and continues to consider comments submitted online here.

For a highway that carries more traffic in places than the Pennsylvania Turnpike — 20,000 to 75,000 vehicles a day — the Route 30 Bypass reconfiguration project is looking at numerous years of preliminary designs and environmental evaluations, right-of-way acquisitions, and final design work.

Once construction commences, the project is likely to work from the west end eastward.

Read more about the early issues surrounding a reconfiguration of the Route 30 Bypass in the Chester County Press here.

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