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September 30, 1996
PA TURNPIKE AND SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP JOIN HANDS
Environment Enhanced Near Clarks Summit Interchange
PHILADELPHIA -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and South
Abington Township worked cooperatively to transform property
adjacent to the Clarks Summit Toll Plaza (Exit # 39) in Lackawanna
County into an eye-pleasing environmental haven.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Executive Director John T. Durbin said,
"The Turnpike has long been committed to a pristine and attractive
environment. South Abington Township presented an ecologically
sound idea that benefits both the Township and the Turnpike. We
are happy to help the Township beautify the site and safeguard
nature's delicate balance."
In November 1993, Carmen J. Rodia, Turnpike landscape unit
supervisor, began working with South Abington Township officials to
devise a landscape design that would enhance Turnpike property
(approximately 1/4 acre) along the entrance ramp at the Clarks
Summit Interchange (located at the Northern tip of the Northeast
The Township envisioned trees, shrubs and flowers on the site,
and voiced a need to enlarge their baseball field by repositioning
their fence onto the Turnpike's right-of-way bordering the entrance
ramp. Rodia and Turnpike Landscape Designer James H. Kaiser, Jr.
created a three-year landscaping plan that enables the Township to
expand the project as finances allow, at no cost to the Turnpike.
Turnpike District Five maintenance crews began site
preparation work in May 1996. By the end of June, maintenance
workers relocated the ball park fence and along with South Abington
volunteers, installed 15 Norway Spruce trees beside the entrance
ramp. As part of the agreement with the Turnpike, the Turnpike now
maintains the property.
"The project has been so successful, we are discussing
expansion plans that will include property along Routes 6 and 11
near the Clarks Summit Interchange," noted Durbin. "As good
neighbors, the Pennsylvania Turnpike continues to look at
environmental projects that are advantageous to both the Turnpike
and surrounding communities."
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