Pains To Bring Gains: Berks Road Project Soon To End

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United Stat...

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When George Zeppos opened his restaurant, The Hitching Post, on Route 183 in Bern Township two years ago, there was a perpetual traffic jam between the bulk of Berks County‘s population and his dining room.

The interchange with Route 222 a little more than a half-mile south of the restaurant had been prone to backups for years.  But the usual turmoil was aggravated by construction on a new overpass and highway ramps.

PennDOT expects to be finished with the project by the end of this month, a big relief to the thousands of drivers who have sat in backups on Routes 183 and 222 since it started in April 2010.

Zeppos said business has been good despite the construction, but he’s bracing for growth when it’s over.  Crews did a great job moving traffic through, he said, but perception is tough to fight.

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Road Work PSA

Here is some road work to look forward to in our area:

On Route 422 east in Upper Providence and Limerick, there will be only one lane open from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. from Jan. 4-8 between Route 29 and the Royersford exits for guardrail replacement. Road-Con Inc. is in charge of the $12.2 million project.

On Route 422 west, between Route 29 and Royersford, the left lane will be closed from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. the next day for conduit installation from Jan. 4-8.

There will be ramp construction in Trappe and Collegeville from Jan. 4-8 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the following roads:

Main Street in Trappe at First and Third avenues, lane restrictions in place.

Ridge Pike at West Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, lane restrictions in place.

Main Street in Collegeville at West Fourth Avenue/Glenwood Avenue, at Ninth Avenue, Eighth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue and Second Avenue, lane restrictions in place.

Second Avenue in Collegeville at Park Avenue and Freeland Drive, lane restrictions in place.

On Lewis Road in Limerick there will be an ADA ramp construction Jan. 4-8 at Spring-Ford Middle School/High School’s driveway entrance from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.