Senator Gordner optimistic about transportation bill, thruway project

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Aug 6, 2013 4:01 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The confluence of local and through traffic is continually creating congestion in and around Shamokin Dam, Snyder County. The proposed solution is a 12 mile road and bridge project known as the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway.

The thruway has been discussed for years, but state Senator John Gordner says the $558 million project is now at a tipping point.

"The thruway project, because of the enormous costs, does not get done unless we have a substantial transportation funding bill," Gordner explains. "But, whether it's the governor's $1.8 billion plan or the Senate's $2.5 billion plan or something in between, then it does get done."

Gordner remains optimistic state lawmakers will be able to reach agreement on a transportation funding bill that can make the thruway a reality. As chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, he adds a significant investment in transportation infrastructure would create 50,000 jobs across the state.

Construction of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, Gordner says, would ease congestion while paving the way for economic development in Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties.

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