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December 2, 2022 1:22 PM

Planned Horseshoe Pike Closure

On 11/28 East Brandywine Staff received a PennDOT-approved detour plan for utility work on Horseshoe Pike (322). The plan shows a two-week closure of 322 in Caln Township near Old Horseshoe Pike and lists Bondsville Road as the detour route.

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On Monday, November 28 East Brandywine Township officials received a PennDOT-approved detour plan for utility work on Horseshoe Pike/State Highway 322. The plan describes a two-week closure of 322 at a point in Caln Township near the...

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December 8, 2022 3:37 PM

The following update was provided by Representative Friel Otten on Thursday December 8:

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East Brandywine Township Roadwork Update

Thank you to the many local business owners and residents who have reached out with concerns about a planned two-week closure of Horseshoe Pike (Route 322) between Hopewell Road in East Brandywine and Edges Mill Road in Caln Township. 

My staff, Senator Katie Muth's staff, and Senator Carolyn Comitta's staff spoke with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on Tuesday, and we wanted to share some important updates from our conversation. 

The reason for the road closure is to complete a sanitary sewer line installation for the new 400-unit Fernmoor Homes development on Horseshoe Pike in Caln Township, just over the township line from East Brandywine. 

Everyone’s first question: Why a full road closure? Couldn't they do a single lane closure, or just work at night?

The exact location of the work is at a point on 322 where the road narrows a bit, with a guiderail on either side. PennDOT explained that the developer’s work involves a jack-and-bore operation under an existing culvert that carries a stream across the road. The road requires extensive excavation to get the line under the culvert, with large, open pits on either side of the culvert. This excavation requires the use of large equipment that will occupy much of the roadway space, which precludes even allowing a single lane of traffic to safely get by in a typical work zone pattern. PennDOT considered multiple options and determined that a full closure is unfortunately the only feasible solution.

No date has been set for the closure. There is still utility work that needs to take place before the sewer line installation can begin, and that preliminary work has not been scheduled yet. 

While PennDOT has approved a closure and a detour route, they have not determined a start date. 

PennDOT is considering the impacts on local businesses, school buses, emergency services, residents, and commuters. 

When the closure does happen, PennDOT has committed to working with the developer and the township to ensure that signs indicate that the road is OPEN from Hopewell Road all the way through to all East Brandywine Township businesses. The section of road that will be impassable is east/south of the entrance to the new community. 

Again, no date has been set for the detour and construction to begin, but it will not happen in December, and the detour will not be permitted during the winter months. PennDOT will provide as much advance notice as possible once a date has been set. 

My staff and I will continue to advocate for the interests of all affected businesses and residents, and we will share any information as we receive it.