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U.S. Route 202 is a highway stretching from Delawaremarker to Mainemarker, also passing through the states of Pennsylvaniamarker, New Jerseymarker, New Yorkmarker, Connecticutmarker, Massachusettsmarker, and New Hampshiremarker.

The road has borne the number 202 since at least 1935. Before this, sections of the road were designated U.S. Route 122, as it intersected U.S. Route 22. Its current designation is based on its intersection with US 2 in Maine.

Route description

Delaware

US 202 begins at an interchange with US 13/US 40 south of Wilmingtonmarker. It runs north along the same road as Delaware Route 141, then joins with Interstate 95 through Wilmington. North of the city, it exits the freeway onto Concord Pike, heading north; Delaware Route 202 also continues south from this point. US 202 continues north towards the state line as a six-lane arterial road and is lined with numerous strip malls and "big-box stores".

Pennsylvania

US 202 continues north toward West Chestermarker, joining with US 322 north of U.S. Route 1. South of West Chestermarker, US 202/322 exits onto a limited-access bypass of the borough; that is the old West Chester By-Pass, and includes a grade-level intersection at Matlack Street. North of West Chester, US 322 exits, and US 202 continues north as a freeway towards Frazer, where it interchanges with U.S. Route 30 and bends east to head towards Malvernmarker and King of Prussiamarker. The stretch between Valley Road in Paoli and King of Prussia was recently widened to three lanes in each direction. In King of Prussia, the highway forms a large, complicated interchange with the Schuylkill Expressway, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and U.S. Route 422.

The freeway then transitions into a divided highway, passing the King of Prussia Mallmarker and heading northeast through commercial areas before splitting into a one-way pair through the streets of Bridgeportmarker and Norristownmarker, crossing the Schuylkill River in the process.

US Route 202 (perpendicular), at the expressway terminus in King of Prussia.
Twelve lanes move traffic through the intersection with Gulph Road.
of Norristown, US 202 continues as a two-lane road heading northeast through the Philadelphia suburbs, passing through Blue Bellmarker and Lower Gwyneddmarker, where it becomes a four-lane full-access highway for about two miles. East of Lansdalemarker, in Montgomeryvillemarker, it briefly joins with Pennsylvania Route 309, splitting off at a large intersection locally known as the "Five Points". It continues northeast towards Doylestownmarker, bypassing the town first on a wrong-way concurrency on PA 611 then on a short bypass that ends at PA 313. It continues as a two-lane road to New Hopemarker, crossing the Delaware River on the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridgemarker.

Construction began in November 2008 on a parkway project between PA 63 in Lower Gwynedd and the existing cloverleaf interchange at the US 202 Bypass and PA 611 near Doylestown. This parkway will consist of a four-lane stretch between PA 63 and PA 463 and a two-lane parkway the rest of the way that bypasses the borough of Chalfontmarker and New Britainmarker.

New Jersey

On the toll bridge, US 202 has two lanes in each direction. It continues a northeasterly course for about as a freeway. This segment of US 202 was earlier called the 202 bypass (as it bypassed the New Hopemarker-Lambertvillemarker area) from its original route. The old section of 202 between New Hope and Ringoes, New Jersey is now NJ 179 which is also Old York Road, the first roadway to connect New York Citymarker and Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. In 1953, this section of Old York Road was renumbered US 202. A small section of the US 202 bypass was built in 1965 and the old route was renamed NJ 179. When the western section of the "bypass" was built to the Delaware River, the whole former segment was renamed 179. The section of the new US 202 freeway section ends once it begins to run concurrently with NJ 31 in East Amwell Townshipmarker. The concurrency runs for five miles (8 km), to Flemingtonmarker. This stretch, and the 13 miles (21 km) between Flemington and Somervillemarker, is a four-lane divided roadway.

US 202 just inside New Jersey at the NY/NJ state line.
At Somerville, the road merges with US 206 at a now-reconfigured Somerville Circlemarker. Parts of the old traffic circle, which also carries NJ 28, remain below the US 202 flyover. US 202 splits northeastward from US 206 at Bedminster Townshipmarker and again becomes a two-lane road.

From here to the state line, US 202 parallels, and has largely been supplanted by, I-287, which during its construction dumped traffic onto US 202. US 202 continues through Morristownmarker to Morris Plainsmarker with an intersection with NJ 53. Interestingly, with a few exceptions, US 202 is maintained by counties rather than the New Jersey Department of Transportation north of NJ 53.

The following sections are state-maintained:

US 202 continues past Boontonmarker along the Boonton Turnpike to Waynemarker, where it then picks up NJ 23 for about two miles (3 km) and then exits on Black Oak Ridge Road. It then follows the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike and Ramapo Valley Road (more or less paralleling the Ramapo River through Oakland) to Mahwahmarker before crossing the New York state line on the Franklin Turnpike.



New York

US 202 is mostly designated east-west in New York, owing to its greater coverage in those directions.

Franklin Turnpike becomes Orange Avenue in Suffernmarker, and US 202 continues to a block-long wrong-way concurrency with NY 59 before tailing off on Wayne Avenue and heading east toward Haverstraw. Most of this stretch is two-lane road.

At Haverstraw, US 202 turns north along US 9W to Bear Mountainmarker and then crosses the Bear Mountain Bridgemarker, running concurrently with US 6, the Grand Army Highway. The two wind around Anthony's Nosemarker, briefly forming New York's only three-way concurrency of U.S. highways with US 9 at Peekskillmarker. Afterwards, the two separate for several miles, with US 202 taking the more southerly route through Somersmarker. The highways reunite at Brewstermarker and become a four-lane road for their last few miles before the state line, taking in NY 121 in the process.

Connecticut

At Danburymarker, US 6 and 202 climb up onto I-84, which had just been joined by the north-south US 7, making a four-way concurrency. US 7 and 202 split from I-84 and US 6 at Exit 7. They remain a freeway for a short stretch but then 202 splits off two a two-lane road in southern Brookfieldmarker as it follows Federal Road. The US 7 freeway continues for another before it rejoins US 202 in northern Brookfield. The now rejoined US 7 and 202 approach New Milfordmarker in bucolic Litchfield Countymarker, where they once again split.

US 202 continues through Torringtonmarker and on to Cherry Brookmarker, where it then runs concurrently with US 44 for several miles before turning northward at Avonmarker. For the run to the state line, US 202 runs concurrently with Route 10.

Massachusetts

Unlike most states it passes through, US 202 is posted as a north-south highway in Massachusetts, as most of its length through the state runs mostly in those directions.

US 202 and Route 10 enter the Bay State at the "Congamond Notch", a southward jog in the state line that includes Congamond Lake. North of Westfieldmarker, US 202 turns eastward toward Holyokemarker and Belchertownmarker. It then heads north along the west side of the Quabbin Reservoirmarker through New Salemmarker toward Atholmarker. This section of US 202 has been dubbed the Daniel Shays Highway, named for a Revolutionary War veteran who led an insurrection against the state government of Massachusetts. US 202 meets Route 2 at Orangemarker, and runs along the two-lane freeway to Phillipstonmarker. There, it diverges to the north again as a two-lane road.

In Massachusetts, US 202 passes through the municipalities of Southwickmarker, Westfieldmarker, Holyokemarker, South Hadleymarker, Granbymarker, Belchertownmarker, Pelhammarker, Shutesburymarker, New Salemmarker, Orangemarker, Atholmarker, Phillipstonmarker, Templetonmarker, and Winchendonmarker.

New Hampshire

US 202 is posted as an east-west highway in New Hampshire. It remains a two-lane highway for most of its length in the Granite State.

It heads north, through Jaffreymarker, to Hillsboroughmarker, where it turns eastward along a concurrency with New Hampshire Route 9. The span of the road between Hillsborough and Hopkinton, which passes through Hennikermarker, is among the most deadly sections of roadway in the state. At Concord, New Hampshiremarker, the state capital, US 202 heads north and picks up a concurrency with US 3 for a short time, and then turns eastward again along Interstate 393, a recently built freeway spur that also carries US 4. The freeway ends short of Chichestermarker, and NH 9 rejoins the two-lane concurrency along with US 4 and 202.

At Northwoodmarker, US 202 and NH 9 leave US 4. NH 9 splits off a few miles later, leaving US 202 to continue alone toward Rochestermarker, where the road jumps up onto the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) for a short, non-tolled distance. US 202 leaves the turnpike two miles (3 km) before the state line at East Rochestermarker.

Maine

US 202 is posted as an east-west highway in Maine.

The highway enters the state at South Lebanon and continues through Sanfordmarker and Gorhammarker to Auburnmarker and Lewistonmarker, passing nearby the campus of Bates Collegemarker. A very short stretch through the latter two cities is four-lane highway, but most of its length in the Pine Tree State consists of two-lane road. Its final miles west of Hampdenmarker, including the short overlay on I-395, and concurrency with US 1A also include four-laned segments.

Approaching the state capital of Augustamarker, US 202 has a concurrency with State Route 11, State Route 17, and State Route 100. US 202 runs concurrently with U.S. Route 201 as it crosses the Kennebec River, and shortly thereafter it picks up State Route 3 and State Route 9. SR 3 splits off at South Chinamarker, but SR 9 stays with US 202 almost all the way to its terminus in Bangormarker. When SR 9 turns right onto Summer Street in Bangor with US 1A, US 202 runs 4 more blocks to its eastern terminus at the US 2 rotary at the corner of Hammond, Main, Central and State Streets.

A proposed extension eastward of US 202 would run up State Street in Bangor with US 2, turning east onto Broadway/Oak St across the bridge to Brewer (the unposted US 1A Business route), and then following SR 9 again and then with US 1 to Calaismarker utilizing the under-construction/proposed 'third Calais crossing'. This is part of the Maine East-West Corridor.

History

U.S. Route 122 was created in 1926, connecting US 22 at Whitehouse, New Jerseymarker with Wilmington, Delawaremarker. It became part of US 202 in 1934.

The Piedmont Expressway

In Pennsylvania in the early 1960s, a four-lane expressway was proposed that would follow the US 202 corridor. The "Piedmont Expressway" was to be long, and would cost approximately $146 million. It was to serve as an outer beltway around the Philadelphia area, similar to the Capital Beltway that encircles Washington, D.C.marker

References

  1. http://www.cmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050605/REPOSITORY/506050432/1031


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