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Harris Township community members react to proposed Route 322 expansion

By: Lauren Hensley

HARRIS TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- Plans are moving forward on a major highway expansion project in Centre County. The plans will focus on Route 322, which is known as a very busy and dangerous road.

It is certainly not a great roadway; it has a lot of issues and certainly has a bad history as far as accidents, Al Fiscus of Harris Township said.

While many agree something must be done to make travel more efficient and safer, many are questioning how these improvements will impact their community.

One of the problems that we foresee now is that this highway, even though it is a correction and will alleviate a lot of the dangerous aspects  it will also disturb a lot of communities and just make it unfriendly or it just becomes another interstate, Anne Stevens of Harris Township said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is proposing that the existing two-lane road portion of 322 expand into four lanes. The area of focus is a 3.75-mile section between the Village of Potters Mills and Sand Mountain Road in Potter Township.  The project will cost $142 million, all part of the $2.3 billion Transportation Bill signed by the governor last year. Details remain vague and for some attending, the presentation left many unanswered questions

I had hope that this plan wasn't as infant as it is but it appears that way and it looks like it is quite a few years away, Fiscus said.

The project is still open for discussion.  It is in a 30-day public comment period.  There will be another public meeting held.   This one will be held in the Potter Township Municipal Building on Thursday from 5-7 until 7 p.m.  A similar presentation will be held and community members are encouraged to share their thoughts.

 
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