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Supervisors become involved in Route 31 special committee

| Tuesday, July 10, 2001

DONEGAL - The Donegal Township Supervisors have made the decision to become involved in the Route 31 Special Committee that has been formed by the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce.

According to the chamber's newsletter, the new committee will gather information on what is needed to improve Route 31 and research the impact the improvements will have on local businesses.

'We're trying to get everybody together from the municipalities, the residents and the business community so that we can come up with the best ideas to present to PennDOT,' said chamber president, Tom Guiher.

Many business owners feel that the congestion on Route 31 discourages travelers from stopping at area businesses and utilizing their services.

'At certain times the congestion on (Route) 31 makes it difficult to get on and off Route 711 and the turnpike,' said Guiher. 'With a little bit of improvement to the road, we could make that a lot easier and safer for travelers.'

Right now the committee is in the process of collecting ideas and has not come up with a consensus as to what exactly their ideas are, said Guiher.

One idea that has been talked about though is the addition of a third lane on Route 31 westbound at the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Donegal Interchange.

'There have been a number of times when someone coming off the turnpike has pulled out in front of me thinking that I was going to turn onto the turnpike,' said Guiher. 'As a veteran traveler of this road, I'm cautious and watch for that.'

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