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Freeport Area, Buffalo Twp. pursue $1M grant together

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| Tuesday, November 11, 2014 7:22 a.m
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Eric Felack | Trib Total Media
Buffalo Township officials are hoping to extend a turning lane off of Route 356 from the Cole Road intersection, pictured here, to the Buffalo Plaza, about one-half mile north of Freeport Area High School, as seen on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.
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Eric Felack | Trib Total Media
Buffalo Township officials are hoping to extend a turning lane off of Route 356 from the Cole Road intersection to the Buffalo Plaza, about one-half mile north of Freeport Area High School, as seen on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The photo gives a view of Route 356 looking southbound from the Buffalo Plaza.

The Freeport Area School District and Buffalo Township hope that joining forces will increase their chances of securing a $1 million grant to put in a continuous turning lane on a portion of South Pike Road.

The left-turn lane from Route 356 northbound would extend from Silverville Road to the Giant Eagle complex just past Bear Creek Road.

Currently, drivers are prohibited from making a left turn into homes or businesses from 356 northbound.

The township is applying for the grant from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and hopes to use the $400,000 Freeport Area has committed to a turning lane project as part of the new middle school construction as matching funds for the grant, said Buffalo Township Supervisor John Haven.

Officials hope that by combining the projects it will reduce the overall cost.

The township should know by the end of the month whether it will receive the grant. The next step would be securing approval from PennDOT.

“I don’t think the permitting will be too much because it’s an extension of what we’re already doing,” Haven said.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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