Nothing planned to ease Exit 5 congestion

Shawn Hardy

Antrim Township Supervisor Chad Murray shared his frustration about a recent meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation concerning Interstate 81 with his fellow supervisors Tuesday evening.

He said township representatives left the meeting with the message “we feel your pain, but we can’t help you.”

Among the issues affecting Antrim Township are the status of a study of the congestion at Exit 5 off I-81 and any traffic plans concerning the area around Exit 3 as growth continues.

A study of what to do in the area of Exit 5 could be done within two years.

There will be no suggestions from PennDOT until the study is done and the township was told there is nothing it can do to expedite anything, Murray said.

Exit 5 serves busy Route 16 and sees a lot of traffic to and from the TravelCenters of America truck stop.

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Also Tuesday:

Supervisor John Alleman read a proclamation recognizing May 21 to 27 as National Emergency Services Week.

Connie Slye, the Democratic candidate running for a seat on the board in the November election, said she took a poll at the polls and heard mainly positive comments about the township. However, she said concerns about two roads did come up — Grant Shook Road between Scar Hill and Coseytown roads, where the edge is eroding and Craig Road, which is in really bad shape.