REG-L-Route 222 Pothole repair

Crews put the finishing touches Friday on pothole repairs along Route 222 just south of Route 73 in Maidencreek Township.

UGI plans to reimburse at least eight motorists for flat tires incurred when they drove into soft asphalt on Route 222 at Route 73 in Maidencreek Township.

Joseph Swope, UGI spokesman, said Friday that UGI is working with the contractor handling the natural gas line project to promptly resolve the claims.

“We thank those who have been inconvenienced for their patience and understanding,” Swope said.

Judy Palamar, 56, of Allentown, one of the motorists who got a flat tire last week, said she got new tires Thursday and is thankful UGI will cover the expenses.

"I still need to get my rim fixed from big scratches," she said. "I have received no money yet, only told I will be reimbursed for damages. Time will tell.”

Eight motorists contacted UGI following a story in Tuesday’s Reading Eagle in which UGI officials said the contractor put a temporary patch on the road that caused the cars to dip into softer asphalt.

Swope said a permanent patch was expected to be finished Friday.

Todd Kerber said he drove into the patch Feb. 7 and has contacted UGI for reimbursement. 

“There were no serious injuries, and I was able to control my vehicle,” he said. “Due to the improper markings and precautions of this hazard, I am expecting UGI to take full responsibility."

Palamar said she and her husband, Kevin, pulled into the Redner’s Quick Shoppe, where they learned others had been getting flats tires.

“Other SUVs drove into the lot to check their vehicles while we were there,” Palamar said.

UGI contractors were working on a project to reposition the gas line required before PennDOT can widen the road at the intersection.

The $26.7 million PennDOT project includes widening Route 222 in both directions at Route 73 and installing roundabouts at Genesis Drive and Schaeffer Road.

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