SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg University hosted a meeting Monday of university and state officials, including Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch, as part of the university’s plan to extend a campus road to Route 696.

The plan would extend the road in front of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center to the Shippensburg University Foundation facility along Route 696.

The university is seeking state support for the project, which will provide safer entry and exit to Route 696 for conferences, Luhrs Center shows and student transportation needs. It will also enhance the economic development climate for the downtown area and overall Shippensburg region.

The meeting was led by Jody Harpster, interim president of the university. Also attending were state Sen. Richard Alloway II, whose 33rd District includes the university and surrounding municipalities; members of the transportation department; Alloway’s staff; and representatives of the university and Shippensburg University Foundation.

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