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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 9:08 p.m.

Armstrong County receives funding from fees charged to Marcellus shale drillers by the state. Ostensibly, the funds are collected in payment for potential damages and other costs incurred because of the drilling.

So, Kittanning collects $30,000 from what the county gets in Marcellus Legacy Funds for street sign design — part of which seems so far to be a not-too-detailed plan to change traffic patterns in Kittanning.

Kittanning traffic is not all that complicated.

It's not like the patterns have not been changed before. At one point traffic entering town from the bridge over the Allegheny River had to turn right or left and could not go directly up Market Street.

We would like nothing more than to see Kittanning's downtown area brought back to economic health. And nothing would be better than to get more of the borough's streets repaired.

As for bikeways, we don't see many commuters bicycling about as it is.

The question is, what does any of this have to do with Marcellus shale drilling and its negative impacts?

Government can really be a mystery.

More to the point: Would redesigning traffic flow in Kittanning using government money — however it is collected — do anything to encourage retailers to open shops in town?

It's not likely.

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