Patience will be needed during Route 220 project

It’s been nearly 14 years since a motorcycle crashed into a minivan on Route 220 in Woodward Township, sparking an explosion and killing the van’s four occupants — a mother and her daughter, a man and his mother — along with the motorcyclist.

Five people lost their lives in an instant that day.

It’s been just over three years since three people died in two crashes in a 24-hour period along that deadly stretch of highway, the scene of many fatalities over the years.

We could go on and on, recounting the casualties. The number of people who have died on Route 220 is horrifying. A 2016 news report indicated there had been 77 deaths along that stretch of road. We don’t doubt it, having documented fatality after fatality along Route 220 over the years.

It’s taken years of planning. Now, a long-awaited Route 220 safety corridor project is planned for this summer.

Township residents have concerns.

They also have an opportunity to speak with officials from the state Department of Transportation next month at the project field office, which is at the former Gem Drive-In movie theater property. It is there that PennDOT will give an overview of the $41 million project during a public meeting at 6 p.m. March 9.

Certainly, there will be disruptions to traffic over this heavily traveled highway during the course of the project.

We would hope the disruptions will be received with patience and an understanding of the need to take certain steps to make the highway safer.

The historical perspective shows us that anyone traveling along it is at risk. Tragic news often happens in an instant, and we would like very much for there to be less of that.


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