PennDOT seeks comment on section of Route 220 corridor

To better serve the 22,000 motorists who each day travel Route 220 between Woodward and Piatt townships and the Fourth Street interchange, an access management study by the state Department of Transportation is being planned, and the public is invited to give their input.

It will be the second public meeting on the issue, the first having been held last summer, said Rick Mason, community relations coordinator for PennDOT District 3-0.

“Some field work has now been done, and we’re ready to present some ideas,” he said.

The study is intended to identify issues within the corridor of 220 that runs from just south of Route 287 to the interchange, including short-, medium- and long-term changes that can improve both access and safety.

It’s a stretch of road that functions as “an interstate lookalike,” Mason said, a high-speed corridor with a lot of access points.

The large number of access points can create unsafe conditions, he said.

“The study will be engineering additional safety features into the corridor – closing off some access points, making different ones, restricting certain types of movement out onto the road,” he said.

He added that speed limits on the stretch will remain the same, as studies performed in the past have indicated that the current limits are safe for the area.

The public meeting will be held April 16 at the Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Co., 4147 N. Route 220, and will have an open-house format, with information displays and the opportunity to speak with project representatives and offer opinions on the study.

Last summer’s meeting saw about 60 or 70 people attend, Mason said.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend, as input from those who live, work in or regularly travel the corridor will be an important component of the study.