Single-lane roundabout opens at 222 & 662, Richmond Township

Single-lane roundabout opens at Route 222 and Route 662 in Richmond Township.
Single-lane roundabout opens at Route 222 and Route 662 in Richmond Township. Submitted photo - David Reimer Sr.
May 21 was the last day Route 222 and Route 662 had a traffic light.  Overnight, the traffic light was deactivated and the roundabout opened.
May 21 was the last day Route 222 and Route 662 had a traffic light. Overnight, the traffic light was deactivated and the roundabout opened. Submitted photo - David Reimer Sr.

A new single-lane roundabout opened overnight May 21 at the intersection of US 222/Kutztown Road and PA 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation noted that the new traffic patterns were originally scheduled for May 17, but were postponed until May 21 due to inclement weather.

Overnight the traffic signal at US 222 and PA 662 was deactivated and traffic transitioned onto the newly constructed roundabout.

Motorists should take note the roundabout will not yet be fully operational, as it will be temporarily functioning as a single lane roundabout. When the project is complete the roundabout will operate as a multi-lane roundabout.

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All traffic movements at the intersection of US 222 and PA 662 will be restored. Previously left turns from US 222 to PA 662 were restricted with left turn traffic being detoured on Farmers Drive.

A project began in August 2016 to replace the signalized intersection with a modern roundabout, widen US 222 to four lanes at the roundabout approaches, and construct sidewalks on all roundabout approaches. The project also includes milling and paving at the intersection, drainage improvements, new signs and new line paint.

Motorists should remain alert for changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area of this intersection until all work is complete. Work is expected to be complete in July 2018.

Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester is the general contractor on the $6.6 million project.

The average daily traffic volume on US 222 at the intersection is 27,346 vehicles, and the average daily traffic on PA 662 is 5,640 vehicles.

The main characteristics of a modern roundabout include: generally circular shape; yield signs at the entrances; geometry that forces slower speeds; and counterclockwise circulation of traffic. Also, unlike traffic signals, roundabouts do not depend on electricity to function, so they are not susceptible to power outages.

For more information about roundabouts, visit http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Planning/Pages/Roundabout%20Information.aspx and http://www.penndot.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/RoadDesignEnvironment/RoadDesign/Pages/Roundabouts.aspx.

Motorists can check 511PA before they travel for the latest conditions on US 222 or PA 662, as well as on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.