THE CONCHESTER EXPRESSWAY: In 1963, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) announced plans for two new fixed crossings of the Delaware River. The more southerly of the two crossings, the proposed Chester-Bridgeport (Commodore Barry) Bridge, was to offer better distribution of cross-Delaware traffic and provide better access to southern New Jersey.
On the west side of the Delaware River, the Pennsylvania Department of Highways proposed an 8.5-mile-long expressway along the US 322 (Conchester Road) corridor. Beginning at the Delaware Expressway (I-95) at EXIT 3 in Chester, the proposed "Conchester Expressway" was to extend northwest to the proposed US 1 Expressway in Concordville, Delaware County, about one mile north of the existing US 1 (Baltimore Pike).
Approximately two miles to the west, in the vicinity of Brandywine Battlefield State Park, the proposed US 1 Expressway (which was to carry the US 322 designation) was to connect the proposed US 202 Expressway (and carry the US 322 designation north to West Chester). Working in conjunction with the US 322 Expressway, all three routes were to channel traffic from Delaware and Chester counties to the Commodore Barry Bridge.
By the time the Commodore Barry Bridge opened to traffic in 1974, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) had dropped plans to construct the Conchester Expressway. Today, the only remnant of the proposed expressway is a short controlled-access section just north of the I-95 interchange. This section was not constructed to contemporary standards.
In 1998, PennDOT announced plans for a $22 million reconstruction of the existing US 322 (Conchester Road) from I-95 to US 1. PennDOT plans to widen the existing at-grade facility, install new signals along the route, and make improvements at the I-95 interchange.