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PennDOT hosts open house on I-81 project

October 22, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will hold an open house today to present information on the Interstate 81 widening project.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Middle School, 1151 E. McKinley St.

The public is invited to review displays, maps and brochures and offer feedback.

Citizens will have an opportunity to discuss the study with PennDOT officials and express their opinions and concerns about the study.

This is one of three open houses this month to discuss current and future traffic conditions and environmental features along the I-81 corridor in the study area. The other meetings are in Carlisle, Pa., and Grantville, Pa.

PennDOT signed a contract last spring for a two-year, $2 million study to determine the feasibility of widening Interstate 81 to six lanes from the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line to north of Harrisburg, Pa.

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Construction could take eight or nine years depending on what the current study determines and would cost between $400 and $600 million.

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