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Smooth Road Ahead For Stauffer Industrial Park

December 7, 2018

The paving of almost half the rough main entrance road to the Stauffer Industrial Park should begin in the spring with completion by the end of the summer, a Lackawanna County official said.

The project will mark the first time the road gets a top-grade paving, said George Kelly, the county director of economic development.

“The road is really deteriorated,” Kelly said. “It wasn’t properly paved from day one.”

Properly constructed roads include layers of stone and other pavement below that allow water drainage below the road surface. The industrial park’s road consists mainly of asphalt over whatever earth existed there, well below modern construction standards, Kelly said.

The county will pay for paving 1.04 miles of the 2.3-mile road with grants totaling $1,290,250 — one for $784,883 from federal Appalachian Regional Commission and another for $505,367 from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

A $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant in 1971 paid two-thirds of the original estimated cost of $365,617 to pave the entire road, according to a news release found in Times-Tribune archives. The park straddles the Scranton-Taylor border.

The county hopes to find grant money to pave the rest of the road in 2020, Kelly said.

The new paving will extend from the park’s Keyser Avenue entrance to railroad tracks that run through the park, Kelly said.

Before its conversion to an industrial park, the land served as the Hampton Yards of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Much of the original 440 acres belonged to the former Moffat Coal Co.

In 1967, the Scranton-Lackawanna Industrial Building Co., the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s development arm, bought its first land there, according to a chamber news released in Times-Tribune archives. Kane Warehousing bought 16.25 acres on Feb. 1, 1969, and became the park’s first tenant. Originally named the Hampton Industrial Park, chamber officials renamed it for Roy A. Stauffer, a pioneer in the chamber’s Scranton Plan, the chamber’s marketing arm that worked to attract new industry after coal mining declined. The county took over the access road in 1974.

The now fully developed park serves as home to 17 tenants with about 2,860 employees. About 5,000 vehicles pass through there daily with a quarter of them trucks, according to a county federal grant application summary.

“With heavy, heavy truck traffic, a lot of trucks, the road is taking a pounding,” Taylor Borough Manager Daniel Zeleniak said. “Whatever they do is a benefit.”

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