NANTICOKE — Two more miles of the South Valley Parkway — the last stretch connecting to Luzerne County Community College — are open to traffic.
The latest section of the ongoing road construction project opened today.
Motorists coming from Wilkes-Barre can now reach Kosciuszko Street on the parkway, bypassing the stretch of South Main Street — known as Middle Road — that ran through the Askam section of Hanover Twp. and is next to homes in that area.
A motorist traveling from Wilkes-Barre on South Main Street continues onto the parkway after passing the Hanover Industrial Estates. He goes through three roundabouts and crosses over the South Cross Valley Expressway before reaching the section that opened today. Following that takes motorists to Kosciuszko Street and an already-opened roundabout. A road leading to the community college is about a quarter-mile away.
A final stage of the project will build a roundabout at Propsect Street and Middle Road. That will begin in spring 2019.
Besides offering a faster connection between Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke that avoids a residential neighborhood, the $89 million project also opens land to potential development.
The road and its roundabouts in Hanover Twp. will connect the highway to about 2,000 acres of land for potential industrial development.
“The opening of yet another segment of the South Valley Parkway ahead of schedule signals we are nearing the completion of this transformational infrastructure project,” said state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp in a press release. “South Valley communities are already seeing a quick return on the Commonwealth’s $89 million infrastructure investment with the creation of thousands of jobs and the leveraging of over $500 million in private investment made by local companies, like Colours, and national companies, like NorthPoint, Chewy.com, Adidas, and Patagonia.”
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