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East Brandywine Township

Posted on: May 15, 2023

Planned Horseshoe Pike Closure

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On May 15 Representative Friel Otten’s Office provided East Brandywine Township the following notice and attached map from PennDOT:

Following the May 11, 2023, on-site meeting with the municipality [Caln Township], U.S. 322, Horseshoe Pike, will be closed 24/7, beginning June 19, 2023, to all traffic between the Mi-Place at Downingtown Development (800 Horseshoe Pike) and Edges Mill Road. This road closure is necessary to install the proposed sanitary sewer along Route 322, serving the Mi-Place at Downingtown Residential Development. The following new detour route has been approved for vehicular and truck traffic:  Route 82 to U.S. 30 to Route 322. Advanced notification in the form of digital message boards will be installed in the coming week at the Mi-Place at Downingtown entrance and near Edges Mill Road. A press release will also be issued for the road closure and detour.  PennDOT issued a highway occupancy permit (HOP) for the development work. 

Detour Map

What does this mean for East Brandywine Township?

  1. Beginning Monday, June 19, 2023, and for a period of two weeks, Horseshoe Pike will be closed to all traffic between the Mi-Place at Downingtown development and Edges Mill Road. This road closure is necessary to install a sanitary sewer serving the Mi-Place at Downingtown residential development located in Caln Township.
  2. The official detour, as determined by PennDOT, has been revised from the one previously shared by the Township online and in the Spring 2023 Milemarker newsletter. Instead of Bondsville Road (in East Brandywine Township) and US 30, the detour is now PA 82 / Manor Road (in West Brandywine Township) and US 30. 
  3. Support our local businesses!  Horseshoe Pike will remain open in East Brandywine Township, allowing access to all businesses along Horseshoe Pike throughout the construction period. The portion of the road closed just is a small section of Horseshoe Pike in Caln Township between Edges Mill Road and Gendry Drive (the new traffic signal). 
  4. PennDOT has stated it is not possible to perform this work with single-lane closures or night work.  The work involves a “jack-and-bore” operation under an existing culvert that carries a stream under the road.  To do this, the developer must excavate 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 complete closure is the only feasible solution.

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