Are streetscape, better signage opportunities lost with road upgrade?

More thought should have been given to improvements on Paul Mack Boulevard and Jay Street entering the City of Lock Haven off of U.S. Routes 220/99.

More (and more bold) signage welcoming people using the city’s busiest gateway?

Streetscape — brick pavers on the sidewalks — similar to Main and Water streets, and Bellefonte Avenue?

Low profile trees, too, to soften the look and hide the many overhead electric lines and poles?

Newer light poles rather than keeping the older, green rusty ones left there?

Of course, all of that would’ve taken longer.

Make no mistake, the contractor, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., did the work very expiditiously and very, very well.

We watched the progress daily … the complete rebuild of the road bed going down a couple of feet, and how the firm kept watch to maintain safety as traffic continued going around the site despite some tight turns.

Yes, they rebuilt the entire road base … and we all know the heavy truck traffic due to the gas industry in recent years beat the crap out of those sections of Jay Street (among other roads).

More is to come should gas exploration pick back up in western Clinton County and in the Sproul State Forest.

And we cannot forget the $800 million, natural gas-fired electric power plant to be built in Renovo starting next year, with likely the most busiest roads to Renovo being Routes 220-99, Paul Mack, Jay Street and Route 120 west.

Clinton County Commissioner Pete Smeltz, following a recent commissioners’ meeting, talked of having a mural commissioned on the bare concrete wall on the west side of the Roxy Theatre facing the county-owned parking lot.

Great idea, but what more can be done?

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