$340K grant to ease con­ges­tion near Su­gar­loaf Twp. truck stop

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - — STAFF RE­PORT

Su­gar­loaf Twp. has re­ceived a $342,424 state grant for Phase III of the Old Ber­wick Road im­prove­ment project.

The town­ship pre­vi­ously was awarded state grants for the project de­signed to ease con­ges­tion at Old Ber­wick Road’s in­ter­sec­tion with state Route 93, near the Pi­lot truck stop and In­ter­state 80 west­bound ramps.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., who an­nounced the grant Tues­day, the work in­cludes the con­ver­sion of Route 93 from sin­gle-lane to twolane ac­cess, traf­fic sig­nals, pave­ment mark­ings and the ad­di­tion of a south­bound turn lane. An old cul­vert will also be re­placed.

The grant was made avail­able through the Mul­ti­modal Trans­porta­tion Fund Pro­gram.

“The road im­prove­ments will fa­cil­i­tate eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and re­solve along-stand­ings a fe ty prob­lem re­lated to traf­fic con­ges­tion ,” Toohil said.

Su­gar­loaf Twp. su­per­vi­sors, at a meet­ing Oct. 15, hired Barry Isett and As­so­ci­ates to con­duct a traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment for the in­ter­sec­tion.

On March 29, the town­ship re­ceived a $520,000 state grant for Phase III of the road project.

Red Truck LLC, owner of the Sher­wood Freight­liner, Ster­ling & Western Star Inc. truck deal­er­ship on Old Ber­wick Road, helped the town­ship ob­tain a $750,000 state grant to widen the road.

The su­per­vi­sors hope the road project can be­gin in the spring.

Peo­ple liv­ing in the more than 50 homes be­hind the Pi­lot truck stop and the new deal­er­ship have been deal­ing with traf­fic prob­lems on Old Ber­wick Road for 30 years.

STAN­DARD-SPEAKER FILE

Frus­trated mo­torists and home­own­ers may fi­nally get some re­lief as Su­gar­loaf Twp. spends a state grant to ease traf­fic com­ing in and out of the con­gested Pi­lot truck stop at Route 93 and In­ter­state 80.

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