The Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422, as seen from overhead in a Google Maps satellite image.

The Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422.

SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove wants help in looking at the bigger picture that is the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422, township Manager Rodney Hawthorne said Wednesday (May 13, 2009). That’s why the township Board of Commissioners is looking for an outside consultant to potentially assist with legal and planning issues surrounding interchange development.

Board members gathered Tuesday afternoon (May 12, 2009) in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., to hear presentations from two Philadelphia area firms that could provide those kinds of services. No decisions were made on hiring either, and few costs were discussed, Hawthorne reported. “It was more to find out what they might do for us,” he said.

Township resident Patrick “P.J.” McGill of Rivendell Lane, in an e-mail received Wednesday by The Post, said he, reporter Michael Hays of, and candidates running for election to the board were the few audience members present. “What would one expect at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday?,” wrote McGill, who earlier had been critical of when the meeting had been scheduled.

Lower Pottsgrove and neighboring Limerick (PA) Township, both of which have interests in and control portions of land surrounding the interchange, are attempting to cooperate on handling traffic, development, sewage and waste water, and zoning on both sides of their mutual border.

Already announced plans for retail and residential projects on Limerick’s side of the interchange, and projects known to be coming to Lower Pottsgrove’s side, likely will require an investment of tens of millions of dollars in highway and infrastructure improvements at the 422 exit. Neither township alone can afford those costs, and both in the past have expressed their concern about the area’s future if they fail to regulate its growth.

Hawthorne estimated Lower Pottsgrove could have an agreement on working with the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors ready by its commissioners’ May 21 (2009; Thursday) meeting. A similar resolution would be considered by Limerick supervisors at a future meeting, he added.

Coincidentally, during a Limerick Township primary election candidates’ forum Wednesday – from which reported live via Twitter – Limerick’s efforts to obtain federal economic stimulus funding for interchange highway work was among the topics of discussion.

Satellite map from Google Maps

Editor’s note: Information in a portion of this story resulted from tweets received at The Limerick Post’s Twitter account. Feel free to follow us on Twitter @jzlomek.