Breaking ground to keep drivers safe
Beginning of Route 220/Auction Road project
June 8, 2013
By ERIN TIERNEY
MACKEYVILLE – It’s been a long time coming. But now, it looks like the wait is finally over.
ERIN TIERNEY/THE EXPRESS
PennDOT District Executive Kevin Kline speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony near the site of the Route 220/Auction Road project in Lamar Township.
PennDOT and Clinton County Economic Development partnered to get the Route 220/Auction Road in Lamar Township project on its way.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place Friday morning in the adjacent field to the Central Pa. Auto Auction building.
Ceremony speakers included Kevin Kline, District Executive, PennDOT District 2-0; Mike Glazer, aide to U.S. Congressman Glenn. (GT) Thompson; State Sen., John Wozniak, D – Johnstown; State Rep. Mike Hanna, D – Lock Haven; Dan Hawbaker of Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. and Mike Flanagan, CEO and Director of Development for the Clinton County Economic Partnership.
Flanagan said that all involved are very pleased to get the project started, especially considering “we have been talking about this project for, give or take, 25 years.”
Now the ball is rolling.
“This is going to happen fast, like everything else in our lives seems to,” Glazer said.
Phase One is expected to start this month with the building of ramps on the eastern side of Route 220. The cost is $3,411,184.
The main reason for this project, officials said, is to help make the intersection safer.
“Unfortunately, this area is the scene of a lot of horrendous accidents,” Hanna said.
As a matter of fact, the past five years of PennDOT’s crash data shows there have been 19 crashes, including one fatality, on Route 220 between the interchanges at Interstate 80 and 500 feet north of the Route 2008 (Auction Road) intersection.
Additionally, 42 percent of crashes in this area were angle crashes – a crash type which most frequently occurs at intersections, that data shows.
“This project is well-deserved and necessary,” Wozniak said.
In addition to aiding safety, officials said this project will help create jobs.
Hanna said there is “a lot of economic potential in this area,” and the businesses around this intersection are flourishing.
“This project will help to move goods to, from and through this area,” Flanagan said.
Phase Two is expected to begin in 2014, and will include building a bridge and ramps on the western side of Route 220, adjacent to Clinton County Fairgrounds, officials said.
“Hopefully within a year or two, we’ll be in the ‘ribbon cutting’ phase,” Kline said.