Public gets second chance at Route 220 safety plan input

There are 22,000 motorists who each day travel Route 220 between Woodward and Piatt townships.

That makes the stretch of highway one of the busiest locally.

Statistics show it also is among the most dangerous roads in the region.

For several years, there have been multiple changes made on the road in the name of safety and bigtime speed limit crackdowns.

The road is safer but still prone to accidents.

The next chapter in the quest to improve Route 220 will be a public meeting April 16 regarding an upcoming access management study by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

This will be the second time the public has been invited to give its input on the matter. 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.

The difficulties with that section of Route 220 stem from the fact that it functions like an interstate highway but is full of access points that can create unsafe conditions.

Outcomes of the study could be closing off some access points, making different ones, and restricting certain types of movement out onto the road.

All of that should be of interest to both those living in the area and those who drive it regularly.

The first public session last summer drew between 60 and 70 people. We would be disappointed if the April 16 session from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodward Township Fire Co. doesn’t draw at least as many people.