Route 222/ Route 863/Schantz Road round­about

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - LOCAL NEWS -

This project stands out as the first ma­jor round­about in the Le­high Val­ley.

Yes, I’ve heard your voice­mails and read the emails. Plenty of you don’t like round­abouts. I hear you.

Frankly, I think it’s just a mat­ter of ad­just­ing to some­thing new. I’ve driven through round­abouts all over in my trav­els with­out prob­lems.

In an in­ter­sec­tion I’ve driven through be­fore and after it was con­verted into a round­about, I’ve no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment.

The traf­fic flow at the Route 222 and Route 662 in­ter­change in Berks County leaps to mind.

The Route 222/Route 863/ Schantz Road round­about will be the lat­est the state is adding to the Route 222 cor­ri­dor.

Ac­cord­ing to Pen­nDOT spokesman Ron Young, the project is fin­ish­ing up its fi­nal de­sign now.

The depart­ment will seek con­struc­tion bids this sum­mer. I’d ex­pect to see con­struc­tion be­gin by the end of the year.

The fi­nal project is due for com­ple­tion in De­cem­ber 2020.

An­tic­i­pated cost: $11.5 mil­lion

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