PennDOT has worked with the community in eastern Monroe County over the past two years to provide a cost-effective solution to the traffic congestion on US Route 209 and other roads in and around the Village of Marshalls Creek.
An Advisory Group met regularly to assess the long and short-term needs of the community, addressing the various causes of and solutions to traffic congestion. The result of their efforts was the three-stage initiative to upgrade local intersections, build a Park and Ride Lot to provide motorists with affordable options to the single-person commute, and construct a new two-lane roadway around the village.
Under Stage 1, which was completed in 2007 at $14.2 million, several intersections along the existing Route 209 corridor were improved, and improvements were made to a section of Oak Grove Drive and roads in White Birch Estates.
Stage 2 improvements, completed in 2009 at $6.3 million, included construction of the Park and Ride Lot on Route 209, relocation of a section of Oak Grove Drive and storm water management improvements along Route 209.
Stage 3 will complete the project with construction of a two lane highway around Marshalls Creek and improvements to several intersections in Smithfield and Middle Smithfield townships. The cost is $18.2 million. Completion is expected in summer 2013.