There was a show of bi-partisan cooperation in our region Wednesday. 2 republican lawmakers and the democratic governor team up to announce the completion of a major project.
Governor Tom Wolf was in Centre County to discuss efforts to improve Route 322 in the Seven Mountains area. Specifically they want to turn 13 miles of 2 lane road into 4 lane road.
Plans to upgrade 322 in that area were shelved in 2004 due to a lack of federal funding.
This is a part of Centre County that’s seen numerous fatal accidents over the years.
This often congested area gets bad during rush hour and home football weekends.
A study shows a 37 percent increase in truck traffic in that area between 1999 and 2016.
Lawmakers like Senator Jake Corman and Kerry Benninghoff say having four lanes would improve safety and traffic flow and impact the economy.
Due to the right of way collaboration needed with businesses and residents, the construction isn’t slated to begin until 2027.
Governor wolf announced that PennDOT is committing 5 million dollars for preliminary engineering this year. And Governor Wolf believes the federal government will step up and contribute to the overall 670 million dollar pricetag.
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