Draft’s fu­ture projects could ease Val­ley com­mutes

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tom Short­ell

On Fri­day, the Le­high Val­ley Trans­porta­tion Study re­leased its first draft of its long-range trans­porta­tion plan — es­sen­tially, the region’s to-do list. This doesn’t mean they’re definitely get­ting money: The long-range trans­porta­tion plan makes projects el­i­gi­ble for state and fed­eral fund­ing with­out award­ing them any cash.

Lo­cal and state gov­ern­ments typ­i­cally have more needs than they can real­is­ti­cally pay for, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to even get on the long-range plan. This year’s plan was tougher than usual. Pen­nDOT an­nounced last month it was cut­ting pro­jected fund­ing to in­fra­struc­ture projects around the state due to a lack of fed­eral funds and the pressing need to main­tain the in­ter­state sys­tem in Penn­syl­va­nia. Those cuts could cost the Le­high Val­ley $380 million over the next 12 years.

As a re­sult, only 78 projects were se­lected for the long-range plan from a pool of 244 pro­pos­als. The list can still change, but here are five prom­i­nent ones in­cluded on the draft. the project or if work would need to ex­tend be­yond 2040. Cen­ter and the Le­high Val­ley Mall in 30 min­utes.

“By re­design­ing the road to fo­cus on peo­ple and a mix of trans­porta­tion op­tions, we can cre­ate a road that moves more peo­ple, while be­ing safe and at­trac­tive for walk­ers, bik­ers, rollers and pub­lic tran­sit users,” the Fu­tureLV re­port states. Route 22 and the Main Street in­ter­change for $19.9 million. A sep­a­rate project would seek to im­prove an­other 3 miles from Brighton Street — just south of the Hill to Hill Bridge — to Colesville Road in Up­per Sau­con Town­ship. The sec­ond project has an estimated cost of $13.4 million.

AMY SHORT­ELL/THE MORN­ING CALL

Three miles of Route 378 be­tween Route 22 and the Main Street in­ter­change are among ar­eas of the high­way of­fi­cials want to im­prove in their long-range plan.

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