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Residents concerned with Route 220 safety

By MALLORIE MCILWAIN

For The Express

LINDEN — The Woodward Township supervisors listened to traffic safety concerns along Route 220 through Linden on Wednesday.

Resident Bill Fenderson brought up a concern with drivers coming on and off of the highway with the changes being made to the road.

The state-owned highway has numerous openings both northbound and southbound to cross or make U-turns. According to the township map, these openings on the highway only allow motorists to turn right, causing many safety concerns for residents, drivers and the fire department.

“You have no way to get off these roads safely, it’s a disaster,” Fenderson said. “Where’s the safety at?”

“That’s one of the reasons they (the state Department of Transportation) are redesigning the highway,” Alan Worth, chairman said.

The section of highway, referred to as the 220 safety corridor, has been on PennDOT’s to-do list for years. With plans and funding in place, work to redesign the highway to improve safety is underway.

Residents also expressed their desire for lower speed limits.

“PennDOT has a principle that states regardless what the signs say, if people are operating at a certain speed, it’s no use to change the signs, it’s a natural speed.” Marc Drier, solicitor, said. “They look at it as enforceability and guide accordingly.”

The changes were decided over the course of a multitude of meetings, according to Judith Carpenter, township secretary and treasurer. She emphasized all decisions were made by the state.

More concerns will come as changes continue, but if locals have questions, they are to contact PennDOT, she said.

In another matter, the supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the stormwater ordinance. The amendment, with new language meant to update the document and keep it in compliance, was reviewed by both Mid-Penn Engineering, township engineering company, and the planning commission, which gave positive recommendation to approve, according to Gary Knarr, zoning administrator.

In other business, the supervisors approved 31 Motorcycle Safety Program classes to be held at the township building throughout 2020. For information on when these meetings will be held, contact Carpenter for the calendar of events.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the township building along Route 220.

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