Bill for Hartswick interchange could go to vote soon

State Rep. Scott Conklin and his staff are hopeful that legislation will be passed soon to rename a stretch of road in Pine Grove Mills to honor Army Sgt. Adam Hartswick.

Conklin, D-Rush Township, could not confirm a date the bill will make it to the full House for a vote, but Chief of Staff Tor Michaels said it could happen soon.

“We remain hopeful it will go to vote soon,” Michaels said. “We have no confirmation date at this point. That is determined by what the leadership of the caucus sets on their agenda.”

Michaels said there is no reason to believe the request would be turned down.

“It’s gotten a good response by both parties,” Michaels added.

In August, Conklin introduced the request that asked for a portion of state Route 45 from the intersection of state Route 26 to U.S. Route 322 in Boalsburg to be named the “Sergeant Adam Hartswick Interchange” under House Bill No. 1753.

If the bill passes, the state Department of Transportation would place a sign identifying the road segment named for Hartswick.

Last spring while stationed in Afghanistan as a combat medic, Hartswick was severely injured and lost both of his legsto an improvised explosive device while he was aiding another wounded soldier.

Hartswick is a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., but often comes back to his Pine Grove Mills home. He is also a 2009 graduate of State College Area High School.