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Cumberland County officials say connector road will generate investment, improve traffic flow

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Cumberland County officials say a long-discussed connector road linking the partial exits 48 and 49 off Interstate 81 will pump significant investment into the local economy.

The developers of the Rose Business Center Development appeared before South Middleton Township supervisors recently seeking their support for a state grant to pay for the road, which would connect Trindle and York roads.

"The location of this (connector) road has not been decided yet," South Middleton Supervisor Tom Faley said. "The ones that really decide that, I'm told, is PennDOT."

Trindle Road features a southbound exit ramp and a northbound on ramp (Exit 48), while York Road has a southbound on ramp and a northbound exit ramp (Exit 49). Officials have talked about improving access to both directions of I-81 for many years.

The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. supports the business center developers and plans to submit two grant applications for $3 million each to the two state agencies administering the Multimodal Transportation Fund, said Jonathan Bowser, CEO of CAEDC. The deadline for those grant applications is June 30.

He said the Rose Business Center project, a combination of commercial, light industrial and residential development, will generate 546 jobs during the construction. The commercial and light industrial portions will add 975 jobs, he added. The jobs alone add up to $75 million for the local economy, he said.

About $1.9 million in new tax revenue from the combined properties is at stake for South Middleton School District, the township and Cumberland County, Bowser said.

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