Route 22 and 13th Street in­ter­change

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In 2016, the Le­high Val­ley Trans­porta­tion Study set aside more than $4 million to start en­gi­neer­ing an am­bi­tious de­sign for Route 22’s 13th Street in­ter­change in Eas­ton. The de­sign called for a round­about and a di­ver­gent di­a­mond in­ter­change, where traf­fic tem­po­rar­ily switches to driv­ing on the left side of the road to elim­i­nate dan­ger­ous turns. The project was scaled back in 2018, how­ever.

The in­ter­change re­mains an is­sue. Back­ups on the exit ramp fre­quently ex­tend onto the high­way, and it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to turn left onto Wood Av­enue even when there isn’t con­struc­tion on the over­pass.

The new long-range plan calls for $9.8 million to work on the in­ter­change. No word on whether that in­cludes round­abouts, di­ver­gent di­a­monds or more stan­dard im­prove­ments.

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