Highway Projects and Bridge Replacements in the Lehigh Valley — Public Input Needed
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) released its list of road projects coming up in the Lehigh Valley for the next four years. As we all expected, there are no new big projects coming down the pipe, as the state is still figuring out how to deal with the transportation funding crisis.
But the expected projects are included in the report — improvements on Rt. 412 in Bethlehem (which I am grateful for, since I take this road into work), improvements of interchanges on Rt. 22 and completion of Allentown’s American Parkway. It’s encouraging to see this last project remained on the list, as it has the potential for attracting transit-oriented development into the area.
The Morning Call reports:
There were few comments about the plan, with which study members are familiar at this point. However, member Becky Bradley, also the planning director for Easton, lamented the fact the draft plan includes no road-improvement projects in the city. Citing the reconfiguration of the MacArthur Road and Fullerton Avenue interchanges of Route 22 in Whitehall as an example, she noted Easton’s Fourth Street and 13th Street interchanges are similarly outdated and pose similar safety problems for motorists. She suggested the interchanges be considered for improvements.
Public input is needed on this plan. The document is available for review on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission website (www.lvpc.org). Public comments will be accepted through July 16 by telephone, mail, e-mail, fax or in person during business hours at the commission office. Visit the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s website for more information.