CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — This million-dollar access road may only be half a mile of pavement now, but it will soon be lined with businesses and hundreds of workers. The road will help free up traffic from I-80. It goes behind lowes and Planet Fitness along Shaffer Road and connects to Industrial Drive. Making it a prime location for potential new businesses like restaurants and department stores.

“We are very happy to finally have this open and industrial road extension. It’s been in the works for a long time,” Sandy Township Township Superintendent Shawn Arbaugh said.

“This opens up approximately 200 acres for commercial land development here in the township, the future town of DuBois. Could create about 100 jobs. Seven or eight new businesses around here,” Arbaugh said.

The project has been in the works since the early 2000s and has faced setbacks and lack of funding over the years. That changed after a $1.1 million grant from the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCPA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Now the township is at full speed.

As for what cases can enter? Arbaugh said nothing was set in stone, but added that they were talking to interested parties.

“We’ll see some initial development here in 2022, we’ll have land use plans for this area and we’ll really put them under construction in 2022,” Arbaugh said.

But that’s not all that’s in the works. Phase 3 of the project is already in the planning stage. Which would see another road be created, which would start from Morningside Cemetery on I-80 and join the newly completed access road.

“Phase 3 will open up another 100 developable acres and hopefully another 100 jobs,” he said.

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