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Old 08-17-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Does anyone regularly drive between Allentown and Reading? If so, do you know a way that AVOIDS the disaster that is now 222???
OK thank you in advance for your ideas...
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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I do not commute. But I've done that drive a few times, both directions, in the morning commute time period.

You do not have many, or any, other options. I-78 West to Rt 61 south is not a good alternative, I78 is posted for 55 mph, and is heavily patrolled by the state police, because of the high volume of truck traffic I've been told. Using Rt 61 south into Reading will take a long time. I haven't done that drive in year or two, so maybe the heavily patrolled part has changed.

There's a road that goes from south of Breinigsville and Trexlertown to Topton to Fleetwood then 662 to 12 to the northeast part of Reading (where you'll hit some traffic). It's slow thru the towns and villages, and curvy, and watch out for the usual hazards of driving across the Pennsylvania countryside: deer, snow plows, school buses, school zones, farm implements, little old ladies doing ten miles per hour, blind curves, one-lane bridges and railroad under-passes, ice, snow, rain and the occasional giant pot hole big enough to destroy the front end of your car. Although the municipal and county maintained roads are in better shape than the state maintained roadways these days. And as I remember this route might have two or three railroad 'grade crossings' that are active (those hundred-car Norfolk Southern trains don't move fast when you're on your way somewhere). And of course don't forget the small, local municipal governments that deploy police to catch speeders to write tickets to fund their municipal budgets.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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I agree with PeeAye Native, It's a bad commute on the main roads and a slow (but pretty) back way route. I wouldn't want to live in either of those cities, but there are some nice towns in between!
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. Are you talking about Pricetown Road maybe?
I have taken that in the past (but I lived closer to Topton back then). It was nice to avoid 222 but you're right the roads are single lanes and scary in the winter! lol.
I was hoping to maybe take 78 at least to Kutztown or something and then hop back on 222. But, that seems to be the most backed up part right now! And I did notice that 61 was backed up with trucks all the way out to 222. So, who knows. I guess I have to try it to see...
I wish the roadwork was done!
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