Although Lower Saucon Township residents fought a proposal to build an interchange at Route 378 and Interstate 78 nearly three decades ago, Democratic Northampton County Executive candidate Glenn Reibman said in a recent interview with the paper's editorial board that in his opinion it wouldn't hurt to revisit the idea.
In the April 30 interview, Reibman said it was unclear why the interchange wasn't built when the interstate was constructed in the mid-late 1980s, and added that he would support a county-financed feasibility study before approaching the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) about the proposal.
In a November 2009 "Road Warrior" column published by The Morning Call, Dan Hartzell states that the Route 378 interchange was removed from consideration by federal officials early (1979) in the planning stages for the 31-mile "final leg" of I-78, which opened in November 1989.
In 1984, some pro-development township officials attempted to urge highway planners to reconsider building the interchange—over the protests of anti-development residents, and ultimately to no avail, Hartzell wrote in the column.
Reibman is running for the county executive nomination against fellow Democrats Lamont McClure and John Callahan.
The primary election will be held May 21.
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