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Interim President Jody Harpster, right, points out part of the project to Sen. Richard Alloway II, center, and Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch. At left is John Clinton, president and CEO of the Shippensburg University Foundation.

Transportation secretary hears about university traffic plan

Shippensburg University today (Feb. 10) hosted a meeting of state and university officials as part of the university's plan to extend a campus road to PA 696.

Participating in the meeting led by Dr. Jody Harpster, university interim president, were Barry J. Schoch, Pennsylvania secretary of transportation, and state Sen. Richard Alloway II, whose 33rd District includes the university and surrounding municipalities. Also participating were members of the transportation department, Alloway’s staff, and representatives from the university and Shippensburg University Foundation.

The visit was to review the plan to extend the road in front of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center to the Shippensburg University Foundation facility along Newburg Road (PA 696). The university is seeking state support for the project that will provide safer entry and exit to PA 696 for conferences, Luhrs Center shows and student transportation needs, and will enhance the economic development climate for the downtown area and overall Shippensburg region.

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Lance Bryson, associate vice president for facilities management and planning, closest to camera, reviews the project.

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From left, Sen. RIchard Alloway II, Secretary Barry J. Schoch and Interim President Jody Harpster.

2/10/14