The thruway project is designed to bypass non-stop traffic around the “Golden Strip” commercial district in Monroe Township and Shamokin Dam. It would link up with Route 15 near Winfield, where a bridge would carry traffic across the Susquehanna River to Interstate 180, according to orignial designs. The project cost is about 600 million, according to earlier estimates.
The state previous attempted without success to acquire funding from the federal government.
A move by former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney put the Thruway project on a list with the Appalachian Regional Commission by transferring 12.5 Appalachian Development Highway System miles from a corridor in the Philipsburg area.
While the Thruway is eligible for Appalachian funding, previous congressional action limited or capped that funding allocation to an amount less than what the CSVT would cost, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.