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.