Route 220 work coming to Linden area

By DEREK DANNEKER

For The Express

LINDEN — Woodward Supervisors in Lycoming County are split following a return letter from the state Department of Transportation announcing the department’s intention to continue with the long-expected Route 220 Safety Corridor project, Wednesday. The letter was not made public as per PennDOT’s request.

The Woodward Volunteer Fire Co. has been handling the correspondence. In the most recent iteration, PennDOT invited the township supervisors to schedule a meeting and review the plans.

The board will look to set up a meeting with a PennDOT official for a work session to try and adjust the plans.

East of the township office, at 4910 Route 220, Wayne Robinson, supervisor, said the plan should be eliminated because the highway has had no accidents in that area.

Alan Worth, chairman, said he supports safety improvements east of the township office because the stated goal of PennDOT was to stop potential future accidents.

Rick Whalen, fire chief, said concerns stem from the proposed safety corridor impediment to emergency personnel, and said he is upset with PennDOT’s intention to continue with the construction without sufficient township approval.

The letter reviewed safety statistics which the township was already aware of in order to persuade officials into supporting the plans. During the last public meeting with PennDOT, according to Whalen, the public opposed the safety changes and believed they would not achieve its expected purpose.

Although PennDOT did meet with the fire company, it was only at public meetings and never on an individual basis with the firemen.

“(It’s) Just the usual run-around that we get on this project,” he said.

During the last public meeting with PennDOT, according to Whalen, the public opposed the safety changes and believed they would not achieve its expected purpose.

The board discussed proposing a widening of the plan’s interchange near the fire hall, which would allow for emergency vehicles to pass through. Additionally, the interchange is angled so emergency vehicles are unable to see oncoming traffic.

This, however, would not aid firefighters reporting to the fire hall before they are sent out in an emergency vehicle, said Whalen.

The safety corridor could also reduce the amount of recruits coming into the fire company if they see Woodward Volunteer Fire Co. appearing second to other fire companies. All members were present.

The next Woodward Township Supervisors meeting is scheduled for May 15 at 7 p.m. in the township office.

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