I-80 exit will have 1 more spot for drivers to fill up

Plans to build a large Sheetz in Barkeyville were approved by the Venango County Regional Planning Commission at their meeting Tuesday, among other matters.

Plans call for a new Sheetz convenience store and gas station with a diesel truck fueling station to be located in Barkeyville near the intersection of Gibb Road and Route 8, according to a handout provided at the meeting.

The proposed Sheetz would be built on th site of the former Kings Family Restaurant, hotel, and auto shop, all of which would be torn down to make way for the gas station, convenience store and parking lot, the handout said.

The Sheetz would include a drive through but no car wash, Kayla Medina, a civil and environment consultant for the project said.

Brian Rushe, with Sheetz, said they would be looking into installing EV charging stations at the gas station, but they “don’t usually get approval for that up front.”

If all goes well, Rushe said, construction should start in early 2024 and run for six or seven months.

Several variances had been requested, including for signage and the width of the driveway, which Barkeyville Borough granted, Medina said.

In other news,

  • The sidewalk along Allegheny Boulevard is about 50% complete, planning commission executive director Hilary Buchanan said.
  • The county is accepting applications for its Liquid Fuels grant program.
  • The next household hazardous waste collection at the Venango County Community Recycling Center, located by the Venango County Regional Airport, will be held Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

Venango County residents can register at nobleenviro.com or call (412) 567-6566.