Officials hope relocated Park Boulevard means more development

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – There is a new way to get around “the sweetest place on Earth” and officials are hoping it means more development for Dauphin County.

The $9.7-million improvement project relocated Park Boulevard to right behind the Giant Center in Hershey. It also connects downtown Hershey with some of its iconic landmarks.

“The traffic signal at Chocolate World Way will provide for a left turn lane into the Giant Center that’ll put you into the entertainment complex,” John Foley, vice-chair with the Derry Township Board of Supervisors, said.

Park Boulevard used to run behind Hersheypark, and according to Foley, it needed work anyways.

The upgrades include sidewalks making it safer for pedestrians.

Part of the project was funded by the state when Hershey Entertainment and Resorts acquired 38 acres for park expansion.

“That meant more jobs,” Rep. John Payne, R-106th District, said. “(It meant) more (sales) taxes, that meant more amusement tax, more parking lot tax. It’s a job creator.”

Derry Township supervisors believe the improvements will also make it easier for emergency responders to get around Derry Township.

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