Pocono Summit – A major transportation and economic development project in Tobyhanna Township has taken a leap forward with the award of $953,177 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through LSA (Local Share Assessment) Grant Funding.
This grant will ensure public safety and spur economic development on State Route 940 in the Village of Pocono Summit West in Tobyhanna Township.
This nearly $1 million in funding was secured through the LSA Gaming Revenue and will allow for safer access by creating a new entrance to Stillwater Estates with the creation of a new signalized intersection at FedEx Drive and SR 940. In addition to the LSA Funding, nearly $2 million has already been secured for the estimated $5.5 million public improvement project.
“Senator Mario Scavello along with Senator John Blake and Representative Jack Rader are working tirelessly on behalf of this project and through their leadership it is quickly becoming a reality,” stated Anne Lamberton, Tobyhanna Township Board Chair.
Daily, thousands of vehicles exit the I-380 Southbound exit ramp and make a dangerous crossover on SR 940 Eastbound. Compounding this failing intersection during the school year are hundreds of school buses carrying thousands of children traveling to and from the Pocono Mountain School District Sullivan Trail Campus.
“I am proud to work together with Senator Blake and Representative Rader to secure funds to make the Route 940 corridor safer,” stated Senator Mario Scavello, a key advocate during the grant process.
Tobyhanna Township is spearheading a project to relocate the I-380 southbound off ramp and align it with the intersection with Long Pond Road. The overall project will provide relief of traffic congestion and allow for additional turning lanes.
“We are designing this project to improve safety and traffic flow while providing for village, period-style streetscape to stimulate thoughtful, planned, economic development and job creation in Pocono Summit,” said Tobyhanna Township Manager John J. Jablowski, Jr.
Design and permitting of the project is underway and Tobyhanna Township officials are hopeful to have the project underway for the 2019 construction season with a one year project work schedule.