HOWARD YERUSALIM, CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, SPEAKS AT A
Friday, March 12, 1993 Page: 1D QUICK WORDS: ROADS TO THE FUTURE
PUBLIC HEARING THURSDAY AT GENETTI HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER IN WILKES-BARRE
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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.
Howard Yerusalim, chairman of the State Transportation Commission, speaks
at a public hearing Thursday at Genetti Hotel & Convention Center in
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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
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
One of two recommended projects on the 12-year plan is the extension of
"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
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.