The State College Connector Project has proved to be controversial with a number of locals, especially farmers. However, the project’s entering a new phase of its study.
PennDOT will soon examine traffic counts along the proposed routes and at certain intersections. This is all part of the broader study to inform the agency which of the proposed routes are most viable.
“We want to do a more detailed traffic analysis and use these traffic numbers and also combine them with an origin and destination study that we do using streetlight data,” Dean Ball, the project’s manager and PennDOT’s assistant district executive for design, tells 6 News.
He says all this helps with the realignment study.
“We’re getting a baseline exactly the numbers we have out there. The traffic numbers that we’ve been using have been, you know, 2017, 2019. We’re pretty much back to…the pre-Covid numbers.”
There are three potential routes, all along U.S. Route 322, with the possibility of a connection along a section of State Route 45.
PennDOT, as of Dec. 1, is already installing the cameras. These will operate through Dec. 9. Starting the week of the 12th, PennDOT teams will analyze the environmental features and other data, for a couple weeks.
We heard from locals at a heated public meeting in October.
However, Ball is trying to ease some concerns from property owners in the study area.