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2 transporation projects possible, group says

| Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:00 a.m

The Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland believes that widening a section of Route 30 in Hempfield and adding a “slip” interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Route 981 intersection in Mt. Pleasant Township are two projects with the biggest opportunity for economic development, James Smith, vice president, said Wednesday at a briefing at the Greensburg Country Club.

Connecting the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport with the turnpike at Route 981 would be cheaper than a $500 million Laurel Valley Connector linking the turnpike at New Stanton with Route 22 near Blairsville.

A $10 million project to widen a 1.5-mile stretch of Route 30 through Hempfield Township is expected to begin next spring.

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