Route 924 Roadwork To Be Completed Soon
Work on the Route 924 project, which began May of 1009, will soon be complete according to Patty Fritsky, construction manager for the PA Department of Transportation, District 4-0. Phase II of the project began in May of 2009 and by mid October, the final overlay will be placed. Final completion of minor items is expected by December. Primarily a safety project, construction consists of five lanes which includes turning lanes in some areas. The project also includes new drainage, curbing, pavement markings and road signs and signals. The purpose of this project is also to improve traffic flow in and out of the Humboldt Industrial Park. The project will also include private work done on North Park Drive and Scotch Pine Drive by CAN DO, Inc. The current phase began just west of Commerce Drive to just past Scotch Pine Drive. Phase I was completed at the end of 2007. The Chamber, through its Transportation committee, was very instrumental in having this project placed on the Long Range Transportation Priority List several years ago by testifying at the State Transportation Commission Hearings.
Broad Street Corridor Project, Rt. 93
This safety project extends from 15th in West Hazleton, through Downtown Hazleton to the Arthur Gardner Parkway. It is 3.5 miles long and is estimated to cost $20-$25 million. The sight of numerous crashes over the years, this route once placed first on a state-produced crash location list with 254 crashes having taken place between 2001 and 2005. The project will include new turnings lanes, highway lighting, new traffic signal equipment and timing, updated signage and new ADA ramps. It will also include new sidewalks and trees throughout the Corridor. The Hazleton City Authority has been working diligently to replace water lines throughout the Corridor in anticipation of the construction date which is scheduled to begin March of 2011. The Chamber has been very involved with this project and will be conducting informational sessions shortly.
Hazleton Intermodal-Church Street Station
Thanks to gaming funds from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and the approval from the Commonwealth Financial Authority, the Church Station Intermodal facility will receive $4.8 million over the next four years to construct much needed parking decks. Special thanks to Rep. Todd A. Eachus who worked hard to change the state’s gaming laws to provide a more equitable distribution of the funding and allows other Luzerne County communities to benefit outside of the immediate Casino area. These much-needed parking spaces will allow Mayor Barletta to continue his efforts to attract additional developers to the Downtown area.
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