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MAIDENCREEK TWP., Pa. - The public is being offered the opportunity to join Pennsylvania lawmakers in a review of regional highway funding.

State Sen. David Argall, the chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, announced Thursday that his committee will hold a public hearing on the matter at the Maidencreek Township municipal building next Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. until noon.

"In the past decade, many promises were made by PennDOT to the people of Berks and Schuylkill counties,:" said Argall, a Republican who represents parts of both counties. "Now, rather than focusing on local projects, PennDOT has decided to shift funding from our local priorities to the interstate highways. If these trends continue, we could lose $124 million previously promised by PennDOT for our local highways and bridges."

Panelists expected to participate in the hearing include officials from PennDOT, representatives of the state and federal governments, area planning organizations and other groups directly affected by the funding shift, Argall said.

Maidencreek Township is home to one of Berks County's most-congested stretches of highway, namely Route 222. PennDOT began a $26.6-million project in September to widen the highway's intersection with Route 73 and add roundabouts at the nearby intersections of Route 222 and Genesis Drive and Route 222 and Schaeffer Road.