This overall $37.6 million project includes U-turns, left turn jug handles, deceleration and acceleration lanes and various improvements off the mainline pavement on US 220 from the intersection of US 220 and SR 287 near Jersey Shore to the intersection of US 220 and SR 2014 (4th Street) near the City of Williamsport. The project traverses through Piatt and Woodward Townships, Lycoming County. The improvements were developed as part of the Access Management Study for the corridor. For more information, please see the Conceptual Plans in the resources section of the website.
US 220 is a principle arterial highway with the primary function of providing a high speed through route connection between Interstates 80 and 180.
The most effective way to improve traffic safety on US 220 is to minimize or eliminate conflicting traffic movements.
Where conflicting traffic movements on US 220 cannot be eliminated, improvements that make the highway move forgiving of driver error are desirable.
Recommendations for improvements must be consistent with current and projected future transportation funding levels.
Corridor Access Management Strategy
Prohibits left turns from side roads onto US 220.
Prohibit crossing movements from side roads.
Reduce the number of median openings.
Provide safe locations to turn around via jug-handles or U-turns.
Remove/Reduce redundant access points.
Benefits of Access Management Changes
Reduces the number of conflict points.
Eliminates confusion in the median.
Provides locations to turn around with adequate deceleration length and sight distance.
Allows US 220 to function as principal arterial.
It is anticipated that it will take three years to complete construction. First, the work is being completed in several stages to limit lane closures and detours. Second, the bridge work at Larrys Creek and Quenshuckeny Run is time consuming and completed in stages. Construction will proceed according to the following general sequence (graphics available under resources on the right).
Stage 1A – Place temporary pavement to allow two lanes of traffic in each direction during subsequent stages. All temporary widening will be completed off peak hours so that traffic will not be impeded during rush hour.
Stage 1B – Construct acceleration lanes, deceleration lanes and median U-turn.
Widen NB Pine Run Structure
Widen SB Pine Run Structure
Construct Front Street Structure
Stage 1C [see note 1] – Construct U-turns at Larry's Creek, Level's Corner cul-de-sac, Young's Road East Jug handle, median U-turn, and East Linden Service Road.
Stage 2A – Construct Young's Road West access, Harvest Moon access, Young's Road East access, Quenshukeny acceleration lane, Quenshukeny deceleration lane, Glosser Road to Northbound 220 acceleration lane, and West Fourth Street acceleration lane.
Replace southbound Larry's Creek bridge
Replace northbound Pine Run Creek superstructure
Replace southbound Quenshukeny Run bridge
Stage 3 – construction of the Quenshukeny, Sawmill Road, and Front Street access.
Construction will begin in the fall of 2019 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.
1 One lane restrictions will occur for construction of Larry's Creek bridge, Level's Corner deceleration lane and the median U-turn.
2 One lane restrictions will occur for construction of Larry's Creek bridge.