A two-phase project to widen Route 322, also known as Conchester Highway, to four lanes begins Monday. The project has been lobbied for but rights of way needed to be obtained from many of the properties along Route 322. The project will be funded by the National Highway Performance Program and ACT 89, a multi-billion dollar transportation bill. Route 322 has been the scene of hundreds of accidents, including 6 fatalities, between 2008 and 2012. The project’s first phase involves widening Route 322 to four lanes from Route 1 to Featherbed Lane at Clayton Park, with a projected finish by 2020. The second involves widening Route 322 to four lanes from Featherbed Lane to just east of the Route 452 (Market Street) Interchange. That work is expected to be finished by 2023. The nearly $250 million project will improve more than 20 intersections and interchanges along the more than 3 and a half mile road in Delaware County. PennDot estimates that stretch of road is traveled by 20,000 vehicles each day. The new design will include two travel lanes in each direction separated by a 16-foot-wide median. The median will have a 10-foot-wide grass plot, curbing and three-foot-wide paved shoulders between the curb and the inside travel lanes in each direction. The shoulders on the outside of U.S. 322 will be eight-feet wide. PennDOT is issuing current updates on the projects through www.us322-conchester.com.