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PennDOT: Walmart Construction Still on Hold

The state highway agency is waiting for a response from the retail chain.

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official said construction on a 150,000 square-foot in Moon is on hold until completion of a traffic study for the project. 

PennDOT traffic engineer Todd M. Kravits said the department is still waiting for the national retail chain to respond to the results of a traffic-impact study conducted for the planned store on University Boulevard. 

Once the traffic impact study is fully completed, Walmart may apply for a highway occupancy permit, marking the last step before construction begins on the project.

"We haven't received any response back from them from that study," Kravits said. "After the traffic impact study, they can proceed to the next step." 

Kravits said PennDOT typically completes highway occupancy permit applications within 30 days. 

The agency conducted the study earlier this year to measure how the store, which Walmart wants to build on the corner of University Boulevard and Brodhead Road, will affect Moon's traffic flow and roadways. 

Township officials last week a lawsuit with Walmart Stores, Inc.  Walmart sued the township last year in an effort to amend several conditions of the township's land-development plan for the project.

Jason N. Klipa, director of public affairs and government relations for Walmart in Pennsylvania, said in a statement that Walmart is "happy that the appeal has been satisfactorily resolved."

"We are excited to begin serving the residents of Moon Township with a one-stop shopping experience," he said. 

NJ June 08, 2011 at 01:50 PM
dearest seen: if you are a female I recently moved to Moon and would love to meet you for coffee because you are just too cool in here. I am female seeking friendships in the area. . We could start up an ad company for the impending monolith coming to our town. Maybe something from the Music Man. People: Trouble, oh we got trouble, Right here in Walmart City! With a capital "T" That rhymes with "P" And that stands for Pool, That stands for pool. We've surely got trouble! Right here in Walmart City, Right here!
David June 08, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Wow! So much pontificating about something so simple as a new store. I really can't wait for the new WalMart. Especially since KMart/Sears has chosen to allow their store to go completely to h*ll. Will it have a negative effect on some of the other stores in the area? Of course it will, it is cheaper! Of course Henry Ford had a negative effect on the buggy whip seller down the street, too. Email is having a bit of an impact on the Postal Service. I haven't seen too many 8-track tapes on store shelves lately either. Things come and things go. It is the way of the world. Even in big box retail, I remember when Murphy's was the big retailer, or Hills or when Sears was actually a good quality store instead of owned by KMart. Some of you may like the idea of going to Lowes or Home Depot for your home improvement stuff while others will morn the passing of Heckingers or even want to go down to Joe's General Store and sit around the pickle barrel. It is 2011 - get over it.
Poetic_Dutchess June 09, 2011 at 04:03 AM
WOO HOO!!! Such s big word COMMUNIST!!!! I am not even part of whomever Moon First is and I am against having Walmart here. I am a lifelong resident of Moon waiting to see the crime rates increase here because of this store, LONG LIVE KMART!!!!!!!
Barbara J. Smith March 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
LOL Check out this related press release. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9349879.htm
clearfield March 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Sorry Barbara, don't make me barf!

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