$340K grant to ease congestion near Sugarloaf Twp. truck stop
Sugarloaf Twp. has received a $342,424 state grant for Phase III of the Old Berwick Road improvement project.
The township previously was awarded state grants for the project designed to ease congestion at Old Berwick Road’s intersection with state Route 93, near the Pilot truck stop and Interstate 80 westbound ramps.
According to a news release from state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., who announced the grant Tuesday, the work includes the conversion of Route 93 from single-lane to twolane access, traffic signals, pavement markings and the addition of a southbound turn lane. An old culvert will also be replaced.
The grant was made available through the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.
“The road improvements will facilitate economic development and resolve along-standings a fe ty problem related to traffic congestion ,” Toohil said.
Sugarloaf Twp. supervisors, at a meeting Oct. 15, hired Barry Isett and Associates to conduct a traffic impact assessment for the intersection.
On March 29, the township received a $520,000 state grant for Phase III of the road project.
Red Truck LLC, owner of the Sherwood Freightliner, Sterling & Western Star Inc. truck dealership on Old Berwick Road, helped the township obtain a $750,000 state grant to widen the road.
The supervisors hope the road project can begin in the spring.
People living in the more than 50 homes behind the Pilot truck stop and the new dealership have been dealing with traffic problems on Old Berwick Road for 30 years.
Frustrated motorists and homeowners may finally get some relief as Sugarloaf Twp. spends a state grant to ease traffic coming in and out of the congested Pilot truck stop at Route 93 and Interstate 80.