222 N #1 Priority Project
OUR OBJECTIVE: To ensure our quality of place and enable resident businesses to thrive and expand, in addition to attracting new business ventures, we recognize we must be involved in making US 222 North a modern, safe, and efficient transportation system. The stakeholders accept the shared responsibility to participate in the policy and solutions process to make US 222 North our # 1 priority road project, a reality.
Traffic Changes to Occur at Intersection of US 222 and PA 662 in Berks County
Motorists Urged to Remain Alert for New Traffic Patterns
Allentown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is warning motorists of new traffic patterns that will be in place over the next several weeks at the intersection of US 222/Kutztown Road and PA 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township, Berks County.
Starting at approximately 8:00 PM July 19, 2018, workers will begin the process of opening additional lanes at the newly constructed roundabout at US 222 and PA 662. It is anticipated to be fully functioning as a multi-lane roundabout by 6:00 AM tomorrow morning (since mid-May it has been temporarily functioning as a single lane roundabout).
Over the next two weeks, motorists should anticipate weeknight lane restrictions on US 222 and PA 662 in the roundabout and roadway approaches to the roundabout while workers perform paving of the final riding surface. These weeknight restrictions will occur between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
A project began in August 2016 to replace the signalized intersection with a modern roundabout, widen US 222 to four lanes at the roundabout approaches, and construct sidewalks on all roundabout approaches. The project also includes milling and paving at the intersection, drainage improvements, new signs and new line paint.
Motorists should remain alert for changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area of this intersection until all work is complete later this month.
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“It’s heartening to see visible progress along Route 222 north of Reading. Improving traffic flow along that badly congested highway is a top transportation priority for Berks County… One construction site reminds us that there are signs of hope. It’s the open but still incomplete roundabout at Routes 222 and 662 in the village of Moselem Springs, Richmond Township… The Moselem Springs roundabout is one of five to be built from Blandon to Breinigsville to keep vehicles moving and reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. Meanwhile, the Maidencreek Township supervisors have approved PennDOT’s plan for major changes at the intersection of Routes 222 and 73, which is surely a contender for worst traffic choke point in Berks. Route 222 will be widened to five lanes from the current three, and new traffic signals will make it easier to turn.”
Quotes from a recent Reading Eagle Editorial. Find the full article here.
What is so critical about this connector?
Indeed the expansion of the US Route 222 North corridor is vital to our region’s economic stability, job growth, and quality of life. Additionally the dangerous congestion creates a safety hazard. This 15 mile stretch between Reading and Interstate I-78 remains our #1 priority road project due to its roles as:
Linking our region to other major metropolitan areas by:
- Establishing a regional connection between York, Lancaster, Reading, and the Lehigh Valley
- Connecting local community members from across the area to employment, entertainment, and other activities in Greater Reading
Driving commerce and economic prosperity by:
- Playing a key role in moving people, products, and commerce within the region, state and North America
- Promoting the expansion of regional business initiatives and the creation of new jobs
- Providing convenient access to key business markets including the DC area and New York City
Working with PennDOT, it was determined that a “phased approach” to improve inter-sections on existing road alignment would be the best method to address congestion and safety issues in advance of future widening to a four or five lane highway to I-78. We were able to receive funding commitment in the Transportation Plan. Since the passage of Act 89, we have made significant strides in regard to PA transportation funding. However, we now must advocate for sustainable federal transportation funding to ensure 222 North remains a priority.
Tactical Action Plan
Despite the 222 North’s roles as critical connector and economic driver for the region, it is currently the only portion of 222 that is not a four or five-lane highway. We are focused on mitigating congestion and major safety concern. The section of the highway that funnels four-lane, high-speed truck traffic into two lanes continues to be a notorious safety hazard. We believe a greater focus on the implementation of reasonable and consistent regulations is required to expedite projects and promote operational effi-ciencies. Our 222 North Taskforce continues to work with key stakeholders and PennDOT to ensure this remains a priority project.