For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2013
BLOOMSBURG — A heavily used intersection at the entrance to Bloomsburg University will receive an upgrade to improve safety, financed in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
The $350,000 grant, administered by SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), supports a cooperative effort among the Town of Bloomsburg, BU and BU’s Community Government Association. The PennDOT project will upgrade Route 487, known locally as Lightstreet Road, widening it to create turning lanes at the intersection of Country Club Road, Swisher Drive and Route 487 in Bloomsburg. The project is designed to improve overall traffic and pedestrian flow through the intersection.
At the intersection, Route 487 southbound from I-80 will gain a left-turn lane into BU’s campus, a right lane turn-off to Country Club Road, and a pass-through lane. Route 487 northbound from the Town of Bloomsburg will gain a dedicated right lane onto campus, a left-turn lane onto Country Club Road and a pass-through lane. Traffic from the university’s upper campus on Country Club Road will gain a dedicated right-turn lane toward the town of Bloomsburg.
The SEDA-COG board selected this project from a number of potential grant recipients from other universities, according to Betsy Lockwood, program analyst/industrial infrastructure developer for the SEDA-COG. Lockwood said that the board initially prioritized the project in July 2012. The expected completion date is fall 2014.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.