A traffic light at the Pine Run intersection on 220 will only be putting yet another band-aid on a much larger wound. A traffic light is only going to slow down traffic at that location, what about the rest of the highway? First of all, you can't just plop a traffic light in the middle of a 55 OK, let's be truthful 60-65 mph speed limit zone without also putting a slow down, or reduced speed limit area as you approach the light from both directions. Second, if once installed the light is programmed to only change when someone wants to get onto the highway, as the one at Route 287 does, then the traffic on 220 will still be flying through this intersection at speed.
And third, and most important of all, everything that has been done on Route 220 to help reduce accidents may have worked to this point, but once again these are only band aids, they have not solved the issue along the entire road and it is still upsetting that PennDOT has ignored the most obvious issue. And that is the speeding along the entire road from Williamsport to Jersey Shore. If I had my way, it would be reduced speed limit from the east side of Williamsport to Jersey Shore! But reducing the speed will not work unless the drivers pay better attention to the speed limit than they do now, and the speed limit is better enforced than it is now.
As an aside, people are now ignoring the barriers that have been installed on the Sheetz side of the intersection. They are driving around them into the wrong lane and they are still making left turns onto 220 toward Jersey Shore. I am also wondering how many accidents at the crossover / turn around at Harvest Moon it will take before something different, yet another band aid, is done here? The traffic coming at you from the east over the hill is at speed and on you in seconds.
William Sober Jr.
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