Maloney Asks Transportation Secretary To Prioritize Route 222 North Project

In a letter dated Monday, Aug. 1, state Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) is asking Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch to make the Route 222 North project a priority. Maloney says the purpose of his letter is to express to the secretary his support for the much-needed and long overdue road improvement project on a road which stretches into Lehigh County from Berks County’s Ontelaunee Township.


“My concerns are safety, traffic congestion and improving infrastructure,” Maloney said. “Many commuters in my district travel Route 222 every day. They, along with residents who live close to the roadway, have patiently been waiting for relief from the high number of serious accidents caused by congestion, long delays and dangerous conditions. The existing capacity of Route 222 cannot safely accommodate the high volume of truck and auto traffic it attracts.”


Maloney feels improving the Route 222 infrastructure and expanding the traffic capacity of the road will greatly increase the business climate in Berks County. At present, the traffic flow between Lehigh County, the East Penn Valley and eastern Berks County grinds to a painful “crawl” during peak travel times any day of the week.


“Improvements to the outdated highway must be made in order to aid the growth of the local economy,” he added. “Completing the Route 222 link between Reading and Allentown will have a tremendous impact on our area in many ways.


“For reasons of public safety to improved commerce. I agree this is the number one highway project for Berks County and I appreciate the leadership of state Senator John Rafferty

(R-Berks), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, both of whom have worked to focus PennDOT’s attention on this vital section of highway.”


State Representative David Maloney

130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Scott Little                                            


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