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HOWARD YERUSALIM, CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, SPEAKS AT A
PUBLIC HEARING THURSDAY AT GENETTI HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER IN WILKES-BARRE
TIMES LEADER PHOTOS/DON CAREY
THE STATE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION HELD A PUBLIC HEARING IN WILKES-BARRE
THURSDAY REGARDING ITS `RECOMMENDED 1992-2004 TWELVE YEAR TRANSPORTATION
PROGRAM.' THIS WAS THE FOURTH OF EIGHT PUBLIC HEARINGS AROUND THE STATE
CONDUCTED FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON THE PROGRAM.

Friday, March 12, 1993     Page: 1D QUICK WORDS: ROADS TO THE FUTURE

Howard Yerusalim, chairman of the State Transportation Commission, speaks at a public hearing Thursday at Genetti Hotel & Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre
    TIMES LEADER PHOTOS/DON CAREY
    The State Transportation Commission held a public hearing in Wilkes-Barre
    Thursday regarding its `Recommended 1992-2004 Twelve Year Transportation
    Program.' This was the fourth of eight public hearings around the state conducted for public input on the programRoads to the future
    W-B pushes state to widen or extend some key streets
    By JIMMY MASS
    Times Leader Staff Writer
    WILKES-BARRE -- Area officials brought wish lists as the State Transportation Commission met with local politicians and the public Thursday to hear feedback on its transportation construction plans for the next dozen years.
    Wilkes-Barre City Engineer John Ormando asked state officials to consider extending Pennsylvania Boulevard, improving the downtown traffic signal system and replacing the Scott and Mill street bridges.
    City officials asked for "the continued support of one project -- the widening of Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, between Conyngham Avenue and Scott Street," Ormando said. "It's currently only two lanes, and the right of way is already in place. We want to finish the integral facility of a full four lanes."
    One of two recommended projects on the 12-year plan is the extension of Pennsylvania Boulevard.
    "That would complete the boulevard downtown distributor system, and would complete the connection between the city's North and South Cross Valley via the Wilkes-Barre distributor system, onto the Sans Souci Highway and then down to the South Cross Valley," Ormando said.
    The other recommended project involves rehabilitating five city bridges.
    Cost of all the projects is estimated at $6.5 million. The money will come from a $29.3 billion capital budget comprised of federal and state funds.
    Mayor John Quigley, of Hazleton, introduced a proposal for the construction of the Southwest Beltway, which is in the planning stages.
    "The project will cost $11 million, and take two years to complete," said Quigley.
    The Southwest Beltway would open a path from Route 309 to Interstate 81, and aid in the reduction of downtown Hazleton traffic.
    Also, Hazleton city officials are vying for a short connecting route from the Hazleton Beltway to Stockton Road. No cost estimate was given.
    "The eventual goal is a road right around Hazleton, which will allow traffic to move," Quigley said.
    The project has been endorsed by several government officials including U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke.
    The meeting, held at Genetti Hotel & Convention Center, is the fourth of eight public hearings being held around the state. The "Recommended 1992-2004 Twelve Year Transportation Program" lists important projects, ranging from highway construction to airport development.
    After all the public hearings are finished by the end of April, the State Transportation Commission will review the input and pass along its final report to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
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