Motorists Urged to Remain Alert for New Traffic Patterns
Allentown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is warning motorists of new traffic patterns that will be in place over the next several weeks at the intersection of US 222/Kutztown Road and PA 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township, Berks County.
Starting at approximately 8:00 PM tonight, workers will begin the process of opening additional lanes at the newly constructed roundabout at US 222 and PA 662. It is anticipated to be fully functioning as a multi-lane roundabout by 6:00 AM tomorrow morning (since mid-May it has been temporarily functioning as a single lane roundabout).
Over the next two weeks, motorists should anticipate weeknight lane restrictions on US 222 and PA 662 in the roundabout and roadway approaches to the roundabout while workers perform paving of the final riding surface. These weeknight restrictions will occur between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
A project began in August 2016 to replace the signalized intersection with a modern roundabout, widen US 222 to four lanes at the roundabout approaches, and construct sidewalks on all roundabout approaches. The project also includes milling and paving at the intersection, drainage improvements, new signs and new line paint.
Motorists should remain alert for changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area of this intersection until all work is complete later this month.
Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester, Pa. is the general contractor on the $6.6 million project.
The average daily traffic volume on US 222 at the intersection is 27,346 vehicles, and the average daily traffic on PA 662 is 5,640 vehicles.
The main characteristics of a modern roundabout include: generally circular shape; yield signs at the entrances; geometry that forces slower speeds; and counterclockwise circulation of traffic. Also, unlike traffic signals, roundabouts do not depend on electricity to function, so they are not susceptible to power outages.
For more information about roundabouts, interested parties may download brochures and additional information from the websites of both the Berks County Planning Commission and PennDOT at these links: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Planning/Pages/Roundabout%20Information.aspx;
Motorists can check 511PA before they travel for the latest conditions on US 222 or PA 662, as well as on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.
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