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Route 228 Corridor Improvements
Project Manager: Jason Kratsas, Director, Engineering, 724-776-4806 x 1148

Project Overview: Rt. 228 is the center of Cranberry’s fast-growing Innovation Corridor. It ties directly into I-79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Rt. 228 also provides access to both Interstate highways for communities east of Cranberry Township.Once completed, these long-planned projects, which involve added turning lanes, signal changes, and a new connecting road, will significantly improve the flow of traffic along this busy commercial corridor. 
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Freedom Rd. / Rt. 19 / Rt. 228 - PennDOT issues Temporary Road Closure Notices

PennDOT Nighttime Road Closure Notice:   
Tues., September 2 - 10 PM - 6 AM. Route 19 Southbound closed between Freedom Road and St. Francis Way closed.  Follow posted detour Route 228 to Dutilh Road south to St. Francis Way 

Wed., September 3 - 10 PM - 6 AM. Route 19 Northbound closed between St. Francis Way and Route 228 closed. 
Follow posted detour St. Francis Way to Dutilh Road to Rt 228. 

Tues., September 16 - 10 PM - 6 AM. Route 228 westbound closed between Dutilh Road and Route 19. 
Follow posted detour Route 228 to Dutilh Road north to Short Street.

Wed., September 17 - 10 PM - 6 AM.  Route 228 westbound closed between Dutilh Road and Route 19 closed Tuesday..  Follow posted detour Route 228 to Dutilh Road north to Short Street.

Closures are for the installation of storm sewer pipes across the roadways as part of the Freedom Rd. / Rt. 19 / Rt. 228 Improvement Project. 

Township Police will direct traffic along the detours and access to local business will be provided to the extent possible.

The map below illustrates the detour routes.  Freedom Road Detour Map
                        July 2014 Freedom Rd Detours                       
Direct questions to   We appreciate your patience and cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience to you as this project continues.                 

Rt 228 corridor improvements
            Project Overview Map 

Project: Rt. 19 / Freedom Rd. / Rt. 228

Project Timeframe: Spring - Fall 2014. (April 2014) As a final phase to the Rt. 228 and Interstate 79 Ramps project, intersection improvements will be completed at the Rt. 19/Freedom Road/Rt. 228 intersection.  This includes adding turning lanes, drainage improvements, signal retiming and other miscellaneous construction from the lower Cranberry Mall/Sheetz Driveway intersection on Freedom Road through the Rt.19 intersection to the I-79 Ramps project on Rt. 228. 

Once completed, the Rt. 19/Freedom Rd./Rt. 228 intersection will include dual lefts, dual throughs, and a right turn lane in all four directions of the intersection.  This will allow the signal timing to be optimized to allow advance left turn phase eastbound and westbound on Freedom Rd. and Rt. 228.  New traffic signals will be installed at Freedom Rd./Connector Street and Rt. 19/Freedom Rd./Rt. 228 intersections.  Overhead directional signage will also be upgraded. 

All lane work will occur at night (10:00 PM to 6:00 AM – Sunday to Thursday) to minimize traffic impacts at this high volume intersection.  Access will be maintained to all businesses at all times. 

Rt 29 Freedom Rt 228 (Apr 2014)
Project Map

Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are moving ahead with plans to replace the Freedom Road Bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. PennDOT announced selection of the engineering firm of HDR, Inc. of Pittsburgh as the consultant for design and consultation during construction for this project. Design is anticipated to begin this fall. With a cooperative agreement in place, PennDOT is responsible for the design plans while the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be responsible for construction.  This project includes widening the bridge to provide two lanes in each direction on Freedom Road with a center turn lane and sidewalks. Projected construction dates and further details will be determined during design.

Project Completed October 17, 2014: Cranberry Woods

Traffic exiting MSA’s Cranberry Woods Business Park onto Rt. 228 previously had three lanes – one right turn for eastbound traffic, one left only, and one combined left and straight lane. Until recently, however, there was nowhere for the straight ahead lane to go. But as the Cranberry Crossroads project was completed on the north side of 228, a new road, Cranberry Springs Drive, was opened immediately across from Cranberry Woods Drive, and then continues north to Mars Road.

As the I-79 ramps project nears completion, the final phase of the Cranberry Woods/Cranberry Springs project – the third left turn lane out of Cranberry Woods Drive - has been completed.  

The new “Triple Lefts” exiting Cranberry Woods Drive to Route 228 is the first of its kind in Cranberry Township to provide additional capacity for over 1,000 vehicles per hour exiting Cranberry Woods each evening.

For maximum efficiency, all three left turn lanes can be used to exit Cranberry Woods.

Suggested Lane Usage:

Triple Left Turn Lanes
  • The left most lane is recommended for traffic to Route 228 westbound destined to Route 19 and Freedom Road.
  • The center lane is recommended for traffic to I-79 South destined to the PA Turnpike, Pittsburgh and points south.
  • The right most lane is recommended for traffic to I-79 North to Zelienople and points north. 
  • A through lane is provided to Cranberry Springs Drive as well as a right turn lane to Route 228 eastbound to Mars and points east.
 Cranberry Woods Project

Project: Cranberry Springs Drive

This office, retail and restaurant development adjacent to Cranberry Commons includes a new road, Cranberry Springs Drive, which will connect with 228 at its already-signalized intersection with Cranberry Woods Drive.  Cranberry Springs will also intersect a new extension of the service road which parallels 228 in front of Cranberry Commons.  It then continues north to Mars Road, and accommodates bicycle and foot traffic.  Cranberry Springs Drive provides access to the Cranberry Springs Development, including the UPMC/Penguins Facility. New turning lanes were added to 228 for traffic approaching the Cranberry Springs Dr. intersection from both directions. New westbound thru lanes will also be added between Cranberry Springs Dr. and I-79 to tie into PennDOT’s I-79 ramp project.  

Project: Completed, July 30, 2014 - Franklin Road (re: North Catholic project)

Northbound traffic along Franklin Road at its intersection with Rt. 228 will soon have a dedicated left turn lane, mirroring the road’s pattern on the opposite side of the highway. That will enable the traffic light there to signal protected left turns onto 228 for Franklin Rd. travelers going both directions. The proposed Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, which is building its new campus on the northeast corner of that intersection, will have its own access point on Franklin, north of its intersection with 228. The school project would also create a connector road, Hillmont Drive, at the Mars Rd. and Franklin Rd. intersection. The existing intersection of Franklin  and Old Mars Crider Roads will be converted to a right in/ right out design.

PennDOT road work along I-79

Road Limits Date Time Work  Detour
I-79 Cranberry,
Muddy Creek Townships.
and Harmony Borough
July 21 - Oct. 3 5 AM - 9 PM Road joint repair 3 mile lane closures

Project: I-79 Ramps

Now, westbound drivers on 228 who want to get onto I-79 in either direction must first turn left across traffic to get onto the Interstate’s on-ramps. While they’re making those lefts, the thru traffic on 228 is held back waiting, resulting in a traffic tangle that PennDOT has recognized for years. But, by 2014, it will be significantly improved with the opening of new ramps on the northern side of 228 linking it to the Interstate. The result: more green time for thru traffic. To make room for that project, the portion of McElroy Road which now intersects 228 was permanently closed.  Mine Safety Appliances donates land for connecting road near Rt. 228 (news article)  More info...