Safety vital for pedestrians, drivers at intersection of Routes 220 and 405, borough resident says

HUGHESVILLE – Dan DeRosa is one of those Hughesville residents who didn’t sit at home when the state Department of Transportation officials held a traffic congestion relief study meeting last week.

DeRosa went to the meeting and looked at the four alternatives under consideration by an engineering firm to make the intersection of Routes 220 and 405 outside his house more functionable and less congested by traffic.

Rather than gripe, DeRosa became a proactive participant in the eventual improvements at the juncture, one that is used by heavy haulers heading to all points north, south, east and west as part of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry.

His concerns are about future generations, especially the children as they walk home from school or head to nearby grocery stores and convenience markets in that part of the borough and Wolf Township.

Since moving into his home in 1999, DeRosa has seen a steady increase in traffic at the signal-less intersection, especially in the past five years. He estimated the truck traffic has tripled in recent years because of natural gas businesses.

“It needs to be done,” he said of measures PennDOT is considering. “We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t disrupt business or hurt families for years to come. We need proper detours for people who live in the area and the children who are walking and playing.”