to a safer and more efficient transportation system in central Pennsylvania
Learn more about Drive Forward

What are we all about?

Drive Forward is a growing group of concerned businesses, individuals, and government and community leaders dedicated to ensuring a safe and efficient local transportation system to the benefit of Centre County and the surrounding central Pennsylvania region.

We support the Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) in its efforts to secure necessary state and federal funding for major highway improvement projects in Centre County that have significant implications for commerce, tourism and new business investment into the region.

It is vital that state and federal officials know that these highway improvements are important to you. Motorist safety and commerce in Centre County and our region of central Pennsylvania would be greatly improved by these projects.

We encourage you to learn more about these projects, and sign on as a supporter of the Drive Forward initiative.

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Current Projects 

Drive Forward is building sustained, broad-based community support for two specific highway projects that have significant implications for the motoring public – residents, commuters, students, and visitors; as well as for local commerce and new business investment into the region:

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I-99 & I-80 Interchange

This project will improve the connection between two critical highway and freight interstates. The new interchange will allow for safer travel between I-99, I-80, Route 26, and other local roads; ease congestion during high traffic times; and help to move goods and services more conveniently.

The three parts of the project include:

 The I-80/ Route 26 Local Access Interchange (I-80/A18) will provide direct access to Route 26 (Jacksonville Road) for local access through a standard diamond interchange on I-80 near mile marker 163. In July 2018, a $35 million federal grant from the INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America) program was awarded to help pay for the Local Access Interchange. It was the only project in PA to be awarded INFRA funding. The project was bid in April 2019 at a cost of $52 million and is scheduled to be completed in late 2021.

  The Jacksonville Road Betterment (SR 26/1470 will reconstruct and widen Route 26 to maintain and support the roadway network serving the Local Access Interchange. It will feature 11-foot travel lanes and 4-foot shoulders. Cost estimate is: $4.3 million. Sceduled to bid March 3, 2022.

  The I-80/I-99 High Speed Interchange (I-80/B18) will provide a direct connection between I-99 and I-80 via high speed ramps. The stop-controlled intersections at the existing Exit 161 (Bellefonte) Interchange will be eliminated. Cost estimate is: $135 million. Scheduled to bid March 3, 2022.

Click here to read the Route 26 (Jacksonville Road) Press Release
– July 21, 2020  

State College Area Connector (Route 322/144/45)

The Preliminary Engineering work will start with a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Study, a relatively new process intended to more efficiently identify, evaluate, and recommend transportation improvements. The PEL Study will focus on the Route 322/144/45 corridors in south central Centre County. The study will begin in summer 2020 and take 1-2 years to complete.
 
No specific alternatives for the State College Area Connector have been developed at this time.