OOIDA is urging its members and the public to attend a series of public meetings regarding the tolling of Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania.
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The purpose of the public meetings, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, is to provide information and receive community input about the conversion of I-80 to a toll road.
State transportation legislation signed in July by Gov. Ed Rendell set the ball in motion for I-80 tolls, but tolling an interstate requires approval from the Federal Highway Administration. FHWA has not yet signed off on the proposal, but it has assigned the proposal to a federal program for consideration.
The commission, which signed a 50-year agreement in mid-October to lease I-80 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, has scheduled eight public meetings in November with more meetings being scheduled after that.
The meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at each of eight locations in an open-house format. The public will be able to view display materials and discuss the proposal one-on-one with project staff. Formal presentations by transportation officials are scheduled at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at each meeting.
Dates and locations are as follows:
- Nov. 7, Clarion High School, 219 Liberty St., Clarion, PA 16214
- Nov. 7, Clearfield Area High School, 2831 Washington Ave., Clearfield, PA 16830
- Nov. 8, Bellefonte Area Middle School, 100 N. School St., Bellefonte, PA 16823
- Nov. 8, Dubois Country Club, 10 Lakeside Ave., Dubois, PA 15801
- Nov. 12, Milton Area High School, 700 Mahoning St., Milton, PA 17847
- Nov. 12, Mountain Laurel Resort, Rt. 940, White Haven, PA 18661
- Nov. 19, Notre Dame High School, 60 Spagenburg Ave., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
- Nov. 19, Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16217
Display materials from the public meetings will also be posted on www.paturnpike.com/I80 from Nov. 7 through Nov. 20.
People wishing to comment in writing can send comments to:
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
c/o Joe Hlivia
McCormick Taylor, Inc.
101 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
– By David Tanner, staff writer