Motorists on Route 228 will be viewing lots of orange cones in the area—at least for the next two years.
Work began this week on new northbound and southbound on-ramps leading from Route 228 to Interstate 79 that should alleviate traffic in the area.
The $14.78 PennDOT project will eliminate two turning movements from Route 228 to I-79, improving access for motorists. The project involves the construction of a new northbound on-ramp, a new southbound loop ramp and the reconstruction of the southbound off-ramp at the interchange of I-79 and Route 228.
Currently, westbound drivers on Route 228 who want to get on I-79 must turn left across oncoming traffic to get onto the interstate’s onramps. While they’re making those lefts, the through traffic on 228 is held back waiting—resulting in a traffic tangle.
By adding the new ramps, the hope is there will be more green time for drivers.
Excavation work currently is taking place off the shoulder of Route 228. The work is not expected to impact travelers at this time, according to PennDOT spokeswoman Debora Casadei.
Swank Construction Company of New Kensington is performing the work. The project is expected to be complete by October 2014.
In a partnership between the township and private developers, triple left-turn lanes also were added leading out of the Cranberry Woods business park onto Route 228 earlier this year. While the lanes are built, Jason Kratsas, the township’s director of engineering, said they would not be fully operational until the ramps project is complete.
The road updates all are part of Cranberry’s master plan for the Route 228 corridor. The hope is the improvements will reduce travel times, improve safety and enable continuing economic development along Cranberry’s “Innovation Corridor.”
For more information about the work ahead for Route 228, visit the township’s corridor improvements page by clicking here.
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