$5M in road expansions to help Pocono Raceway traffic

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Contributed photo: Aerial photo of Pocono Raceway in Monroe County.
Contributed photo: Aerial photo of Pocono Raceway in Monroe County.

Construction will soon begin to widen roadways and improve traffic flow to and from the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced Monday the award of $5 million in Transportation Infrastructure Funds to make much needed improvements to the roads leading in to Pocono Raceway. The project includes the widening of Route 115 from Route 903 to the Pocono Raceway. The road will remain open to traffic throughout construction.

"Today I am proud to stand with CEO Brandon Igdalsky, NASCAR and INDYCAR officials to kick off the 2014 Pocono Raceway season," Corbett said.

According to government officials, in 2013 the raceway created approximately 2,752 new jobs, generated nearly $15 million of tax revenue for Pennsylvania, and another $8 million of revenue for the local and federal governments.

"Beyond the excitement of the races, Pocono Raceway undoubtedly supports thousands of jobs for our residents," Corbett said. "And [it] delivers a significant economic boost to Northeast Pennsylvania."

The forecast for 2014 is that Pocono Raceway will generate $277 million of new income for the region and create 3,009 jobs, officials said.

Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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