It’s going to happen! The Thruway is happening. Members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce can trace their advocacy for what we know today as the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, back at least 40 years.
U.S. Route 15 is a critical corridor and truly a highway of national significance. Over the past several decades, this corridor has been upgraded and now this highway “drives like” an Interstate expressway. That is, all except, here in the Greater Susquehanna Valley.
Drivers making long-distance trips that involve U.S. Route 15, frequently report great frustration with the traffic congestion on this highway in our valley. Even local folks have learned, often the hard way, to avoid the Golden Street in Shamokin Dam and Hummel Wharf, during high traffic congestion periods.
But, thanks to the construction of the Thruway, this is all about to change. Soon, our valley will enjoy all of the advantages of an interstate look-alike highway. Where modern, safe, free flowing highways are built, prosperity quickly follows.
Public transportation alternatives are available throughout the region, such as Susquehanna Trailways, offering limousine, taxi and motor coach service. The valley also features several aviation facilities, including Penn Valley Airport and Danville Airport, and is within close distance to Harrisburg International Airport, which provides daily, non-stop service to 12 cities in the U.S. and one city in Canada via seven airlines.
Area industries takes advantage of the valley’s location and avenues for the transportation; businesses have ready access to major ports in Baltimore and Philadelphia and a comprehensive rail system supported by the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (which operates five short line railroads covering nearly 200 miles in Central Pennsylvania), Canadian Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern.