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Bethlehem Township eyes traffic improvements at Routes 191 and 22

Bethlehem Township Commissioners Monday night took the first steps toward relieving traffic congestion at Routes 191 and 22.

The board voted to authorize a purchase order not to exceed $5,000 to have Tri-State Traffic Data conduct a traffic count study along the Route 191 corridor between Route 22 and Brodhead Road. Commissioner Thomas Nolan said it’s the first step to ultimately end the traffic bottleneck that occurs almost every day in that area.

The township’s engineering firm, the Pidcock Co., looked at some preliminary corrections, including opening a second northbound lane on Route 191 after the ramp leading to Route 22 west. Township engineer Brian Dillman showed an aerial image of the corridor that revealed a discoloration in the concrete, suggesting that the island was extended at some point, cutting off the right lane on Route 191 north and causing an obstruction to traffic flow.

The traffic continues to back up because of the left-hand turn only lane at Brodhead Road, Dillman said.

Any plan to alter the intersection would have to be done with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which owns the roads.

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