Several new businesses slated to come to East Third Street, also known as the “Golden Strip” in Loyalsock Township, are causing traffic concerns.

Hobby Lobby is set to open at the former Kmart in the Loyal Plaza on June 4. A Texas Roadhouse restaurant is slated to open in spring of 2022 at the site of the former Ruby Tuesday. Also slated to open sometime later this year or next year is a Popeyes restaurant, which will be built on a lot next to the former Crazy Tomato restaurant.

All of these businesses are close to already existing restaurants with drive-thru traffic, which certainly will bring more drivers into an already crowded corridor.

Loyalsock Township Manager Bill Burdett said East Third Street is a state-owned road and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is the agency responsible for working with these businesses to ensure proper access.

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