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State College Connector Project

An update on a story we first told you about last week, as Penndot will be holding 2 public meetings next month on a major Centre County road project.

Penndot calls it the State College Area Connector project the proposed highway link from the Eastern Gateway in Centre County Potters Mills to the central part of the county.

Its been on the drawing board for along time, after some planning work, it was scuttled in 2004 when Penndot said funding wasn’t available. Three years ago, during a visit to Centre County, Governor Wolf said the connector project

Was back on track, with an estimated price tag of 670 million dollars. Whether to upgrade the current Route 322 corridor or go elsewhere with a new highway remains the prime question.

Penndot has nine alternative routes under Review in the current planning phase, which is the PEL,or Planning and Environmental Linkage, study.

Last Fall, Penndot held in person, and online public hearings and received a sizable amount of feedback. Next Month’s public hearings will update Penndot’s information gathering, and discuss where they stand with narrowing the New highway route options.

The first public hearing for the State College connector project is scheduled for Tuesday April 5th,beginning at 3 in the Afternoon at the Calvary Church on Harvest Field Drive in Boalsburg, and the other hearing will be the next day, Wednesday April 6th, also beginning at 3 o’clock at the Centre Hall Fire Station.

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