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Stroudsburg area residents concerned about I-80 expansion

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STROUDSBURG BOROUGH, Pa. - A community task force in the Poconos is keeping a close eye on PennDOT's plans to overhaul I-80.

PennDOT plans call for 3.5 miles of the highway to be reconstructed, widened, and reconfigured in the Stroudsburg area.

PennDOT says the highway's design dates back to the 60s and it cannot handle the current amount of traffic.

During a meeting Tuesday night members of the I-80 Expansion Task Force acknowledged improvements are needed but they say they hope PennDOT will work with them to minimize certain impacts.

Stroudsburg Council members are concerned about the dozens of businesses and homes the state would need to buy out in the project area.

Task force members say a key meeting is coming up on December 5, when PennDOT will hold the third round of open houses on the project.

It will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stroudsburg High School.

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