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Cranberry's Transportation Plan

transit imagesRapid growth in Cranberry’s population and economy have led to a corresponding growth in traffic.  To keep that traffic moving safely, our comprehensive plan, adopted in 2009, prioritized a series of projects to create a community with high-quality traffic management systems including dedicated turning lanes, adaptive traffic signals, parallel local roads, well-aligned intersections, and rapid response to incidents. 

Traffic levels associated with different land use zones are matched to transportation investment, frequently in partnership with developers and other government agencies.In addition, the Township is extending its pedestrian network and working with county agencies as well as private transportation companies to establish public transit service between Cranberry and key destinations throughout the region.  Current and planned projects are described below.

Project Overview: Route 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.  

Rt 228 Improvements
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Future Project

Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge   PennDOT- Freedom Road Bridge Project

About The Project  The Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge project involves the complete replacement of the structure carrying Freedom Road (Route 3020) over the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Milepost T-28.01 in Cranberry Township, Butler County.

The goal of this project is to completely replace the existing bridge with a wider one that has additional travel lanes to accommodate the high traffic volumes on Freedom Road. Sidewalks will be included.

The new structure will also be lengthened to accommodate future reconstruction of the Turnpike which will include an additional travel lane in each direction.

The design and construction of this project is being administered by PennDOT District 10 with the participation of the PA Turnpike Commission.
Future Project

MSA Thru-Way

Design of a north/south connector road to provide a grade-separated connection between Cranberry Springs and developments to the north of Route 228 to MSA, Cranberry Woods and developments to the south of Route 228. The thru-way will also provide direct access from I-79 into the Cranberry Springs development, including the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The thru-way also includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The Township has received approval for a traffic study. The project is in preliminary engineering and structural design.

Future Project

Rt. 228, additional eastbound lane

To provide additional capacity on Rt. 228,  this project adds an additional eastbound lane, between I-79 and Franklin Road. The Township has selected an engineering consultant and expects the design work to be completed by November 2016, and construction is projected for Summer 2017.

Project Completed

Traffic signal patterns change  January 7, 2015

Re-timing of traffic signals along four major corridors was coordinated to follow the completion of two major PennDOT projects --  the $14,785,394 million I-79 Ramps project; and the $3,629,616 Rt. 19 / Rt. 228/Freedom Road intersection improvement project, as well as several large scale private developments (Cardinal Wuerl-North Catholic High School and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex). 

This re-timing involves traffic signals at 34 intersections in the multi-municipal system and the sequence of signals at eight of these intersections, spanning Cranberry, Marshall and Adams Townships and the Borough of Seven Fields. 

Traffic signals include Rt. 19, from Thorn Hill Road to Rowan Road; Route 228 from Rt. 19 to Heritage Creek; and Freedom Road from Powell Road to Route 19.  Rochester Road from Haine School Road to Rt. 19 were retimed by the Township. 

These traffic signals are operated by a Traffic Operations Center (TOC), a flexible, state-of-the-art facility using signal management software to control traffic within and adjacent to Cranberry. The signals are part of a centrally based system communicating through a fiber optic network with remote observation cameras and are capable of seamlessly implementing the recommendations of the study’s findings.  Learn more about the TOC

Thanks to the SPC and their consultant, Whitman, Requardt and Associates in Seven Fields, as well as our neighboring municipalities, and PennDOT, for their continued efforts to provide the most efficient traffic signal timing plans for our communities. Cranberry Township was cited in the award winning study by Traffic 21 at CMU.  

Additional funding has been awarded to Cranberry in the form of ARLE Grants to begin implementing adaptive signal technology on Freedom Road and Route 228 and a Green Light-GO Grant to prepare emergency closure contingency plans for the system.

Project Completed

Route 19 / Freedom Road / Rt. 228 
December 11, 2014

As part of the final phase of the Freedom Road Improvement Project, a new and improved traffic signal was activated at the intersection of Route 19 / Route 228 / Freedom Road. 

This major crossroad in Cranberry Township handles up to 120,000 vehicles in an average day and was upgraded to include dual lefts, dual throughs, and a right turn lane in each direction. This allows the signal timing to be optimized with concurrent eastbound and westbound movement on Freedom Road and Route 228. 

East and westbound advance dual left turns now occur simultaneously on Route 228 and Freedom Road, followed by east and westbound through movements. 

This change in the current signal operation made the intersection operate more efficiently. This $3,629,616 intersection improvement project was constructed by S.E.T. Inc. and managed by PennDOT.  

Project Completed

I-79 Ramps  November 13, 2014   

Previously, westbound drivers on 228 wishing to enter I-79 in either direction turned left across traffic to get onto the Interstate’s on-ramps. Traffic flow was 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.

Project Completed 
Cranberry Woods  October 17, 2014

Traffic exiting MSA’s Cranberry Woods Business Park onto Rt. 228 previously used three lanes – one right turn for eastbound traffic, one left only, and one combined left and straight lane. However, a  straight-ahead lane was lacking. With the completion of the Cranberry Crossroads project on the north side of 228, Cranberry Springs Drive opened, across from Cranberry Woods Drive, 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 Completed 

Franklin Road  July 30, 2014
  (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.

Project Completed

Cranberry Springs Drive 
July 24, 2015

This office, retail and restaurant development adjacent to Cranberry Commons includes a new road, Cranberry Springs Drive, connecting with 228 at the intersection with Cranberry Woods Drive.  Cranberry Springs also intersects with an 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 were added between Cranberry Springs Dr. and I-79 to tie into PennDOT’s I-79 ramp project.