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PennDOT details $10M New Stanton road project

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 11:56 p.m.

A $10 million project to widen the main thoroughfare in New Stanton and tie in to the Arona Road/Route 66 Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange should be completed over the next two years, according to a PennDOT project engineer.

Matt Skovera, design engineer at PennDOT's District 12 office in Uniontown, outlined plans for the two-phase Center Avenue project Thursday to members of the New Stanton Business Association.

Skovera said the project extends from the Byers Avenue intersection near Sheetz convenience store approximately a mile to the turnpike connector.

The first phase calls for construction of a span over the turnpike and will require the use of eminent domain because the new road will cut through private property. The second phase will entail the widening of Center Avenue from two lanes to three with a left/right turn lane extending from Byers Avenue to the crest of the hill near the municipal building. In the widened section, new curbing will be installed, new sidewalks will be built on the left side of the road and drainage will be upgraded.

"We will swing the road to the right, where there are two private residences, to the trucking company. The road will cross over the turnpike, so we will have to raise the road 30 feet and put in a large amount of fill. The span over the turnpike will tie in to the Arona Road connector to Route 66," Skovera said.

This construction will eliminate a dangerous "S" curve near a trucking company and the UPS distribution center, he said.

The engineer said a right-of-way plan is being developed, and $1 million will be made available for property acquisition by the fall.

"The right of way is the key to getting this job under construction," Skovera said. He said one home will definitely be demolished for the project, but there may be a second in the path of the project.

The engineer said building the structure across the turnpike won't affect traffic, and ingress and egress to businesses will be maintained on Center Avenue during the widening phase.

In addition to the homes that may be demolished, the state plans to take 5 to10 feet on each side of the existing road. "It does not appear this will impact the parking lots of the businesses," he said.

Eighty percent of the project will be financed with federal funds, while the remaining 20 percent will come from the state.

Skovera said funding will be available by December 2003, and the construction should be under way by spring 2004, with completion by October.

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