SANATOGA PA – Could bringing more consumer traffic down East High Street be as simple as renaming it “Business Route 422?” State Rep. Mark Painter, who represents Lower Pottsgrove Limerick, Pottstown and Royersford in the 146th House Legislative District, hopes so.
Painter’s chief of staff, Michael Lavanga, appeared Thursday night (April 25, 2013) before the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners to briefly outline his boss’ proposal to designate East High, from the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422 west to the Montgomery-Berks county line in Stowe, as an alternative business route.
Painter believes travelers on the adjacent four-lane, limited access highway might find benefit in knowing that a more casual and business-oriented trip through greater Pottstown lies just to their north. “It might attract more business traffic,” Lavanga told commissioners. They agreed it might, and particularly liked the suggestion it wouldn’t cost the township a dime.
Erecting ‘Business Route 422’ signs “would all be paid by PennDOT,” he said, referring to the state Department of Transportation.
“Well, you’ve already answered my most important question,” Commissioner Michael McGroarty replied with a smile.
No immediate endorsement was given. Both commissioners Jonathan Spadt and Bruce Foltz were absent from the meeting, McGroarty noted. “We may want to take a closer look at the proposal when they come back, and we might be able to discuss it during our next full board meeting,” he said.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ April 25 meeting):