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Route 222 North

Berks County's #1 Priority Road Project 

222N Workshop Update:

On December 17, 2015, Senator Argall and Senator Schwank held a workshop on State Route 222 regarding safety improvements along the corridor.  The Chamber participated in the workshop providing background from the business perspective and highlighting the Route 222N webpage on GreaterReadingVoice.com. Click here to see. PennDOT's Deputy Secretary Christy promised follow-up actions and additional construction information.   


222N: What is so “CRITICAL” about this “CRITICAL CONNECTOR”?

“222 is the lifeblood of this region” - Indeed the expansion of the US Route 222 North corridor is vital to our region’s economic stability, job growth, and quality of life. Additionally the dangerous congestion creates safety hazards.  This 15 mile stretch between Reading and Interstate I-78 remains our #1 priority road project due to its roles as:

Critical Connector Linking our region to other major metropolitan areas by:

  • Establishing a regional connection between York, Lancaster, Reading, and the Lehigh Valley
  • Connecting local community members from across the area to employment, entertainment, and other activities in the Greater Reading  

 Economic Driver  Driving commerce and economic prosperity by:

  • Playing a key role in moving people, products, and commerce within the region, state and North America
  • Promoting the expansion of regional business initiatives and the creation of new jobs  
  • Providing convenient access to key business markets including the DC area and New York City

Current Projects 

Working with PennDOT, it was determined that a "phased approach" to improve intersections on existing road alignment would be the best method to enable a future four to five lane highway to I-78. Since the passage of Act 89, we have made significant strides in regard to PA transportation funding. However, we now must advocate for sustainable federal transportation funding to ensure 222 North remains a priority. We are reengaging all stakeholders (see list below "Project Timeline") to ensure the project remains top priority and we can take advantage of all available design options, funding, and resources.

Please click on the links below to learn more about current projects: 

 Above materials provided by Berks County Planning Department


Tactical ACTION Plan

Despite the 222 North’s roles as critical connector and economic driver for the region, the region’s “lifeblood” is aging rapidly and in desperate need of expansion and modernization. It is currently the only portion of 222 that is not a four or five-lane highway: not only a traffic stopper, it is also a major safety concern. The section of the highway that funnels four-lane, high-speed truck traffic into two lanes continues to be a notorious safety hazard.  In order to ensure safer roadways and a stronger economy, the region’s business and community leaders have collaborated on a Tactical Action Plan utilizing transportation planning studies and available funding.  

We believe a greater focus on the implementation of reasonable and consistent regulations is required to expedite projects and promote operational efficiencies.Our Tactical Action Plan supports the following: 

  • Land use planning or “smart growth” for transportation and economic development needs
  • Investment in advanced technology
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) for highways and bridges to provide for safe travel and congestion mitigation 
  • Efficiency in contracting and monitoring of costs (i.e. prevailing wage) to ensure maximized ROI   

Our Objective - To ensure our quality of place and enable resident businesses to thrive and expand, in addition to attracting new business ventures, we recognize we must be involved in making US 222 North a modern, safe, and efficient transportation system.  The stakeholders accept the shared responsibility to participate in the policy and solutions process to make US 222 North our # 1 priority road project, a reality.  This webpage will also provide, when available, information on news and updates, to detours and traffic patterns, to help you navigate through the upcoming construction projects.

Key Stakeholders & Supporters

Berks County Federal Delegation
Berks County State Delegation
Berks County Commissioners
Berks County Planning Commission/Reading MPO
Berks County Industrial Development Authority
Berks County Municipalities
Berks County Latino Chamber
Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Berks Development Fund
Greater Reading Economic Partnership
Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Berks County Conservancy
Berks County Educational Institutions
Berks County Businesses
Penn DOT  

News:

Senators Schwank, Argall, Community Leaders, First Responders Meet on 12.17.14 to Discuss Safety on Route 222 

                   

Be ENGAGED

Be educated - Learn more about PennDOT's improvement efforts how projects in our region get started: 

Take action - Make your voice heard by attending events and using the resources provided: 


For additional information please contact:

Gail A. Landis, C.P.M.
Vice President – Government & Community Relations
Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
201 Penn Street, Suite 501, Reading, PA 19601
Phone: 610.376.6766
Email: glandis@GreaterReadingChamber.org