The US 422, Section 29M Reconstruction project involves the reconstruction and widening of approximately 5 miles of US 422 (West Shore Bypass) including the interchanges at N. Wyomissing Boulevard, Penn Street/Penn Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, and I-176. The project extends through the City of Reading, West Reading Borough, Wyomissing Borough, Cumru Township, and Exeter Township in Berks County. Part of the National Highway System, the bypass was constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s and provides an important link in the regional transportation network connecting to other key transportation arteries including US 222, I-176, PA Route 10, and PA Route 12. US 422 and these links provide a direct eastern connection from Reading to Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia.
In 2014, PennDOT completed the Route 422 West Shore Bypass Reconstruction Study which identified transportation projects that will improve the safety, operations, regional mobility, and local access of the existing corridor. The current project builds on the study’s recommendations for the corridor between PA Route 12 and I-176, and advances them to further study, design and environmental clearance to construction.