Keystone College officials are predicting a smoother commute following the announcement of a major road project last Tuesday.
The state’s Department of Transportation will be rehabilitating a stretch of Routes 6 and 11 between Clarks Summit and the Wyoming County line.
Nearly $50 million will go into the eight-mile stretch of road repairs, which include the installation of traffic lights at the main entrance of Keystone.
Fran Calpin, senior director of college relations at Keystone, said the light will alleviate the difficulties of navigating into and out of the entrance.
“The growth of our college in recent years has obviously meant that more people use Routes 6 and 11 to drive to campus. The increased traffic, combined with the road being contoured in a curve, can sometimes make it challenging to make a left turn at the entrance to campus. It can also result in a bit of a back-up of vehicles,” Calpin said.
The entrance road slopes up and intersects Routes 6 and 11 mid-curve, making it difficult to see too far in either direction.
Because the project is still young, there isn’t a time table for what work will be done when, but it is projected to take from July of this year to October of 2017 to complete the entire rehabilitation.
For now, people at Keystone can only cross their fingers and hope the light comes sooner than later.
“The new traffic light will generally make it easier and safer,” Calpin said. “The other improvements planned for Routes 6 and 11 should also make it a more convenient commute for everyone.”