Some Pa. roads to soon have rumble strips
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation highway safety engineers are carving rumble strips into the pavement on the yellow center lines of some roads to warn sleepy or distracted drivers that they are crossing into oncoming traffic.
In Franklin County, Pa. 997 north and south of Waynesboro and Pa. 16 east and west of Greencastle, Pa., are among the first to get the new strips, said Greg Penney, PennDot spokesman in Harrisburg, Pa. Strips are also being cut into painted white lines at the shoulders.
Rumble strips are those suspension-jarring bumps in the road that tell drivers they are approaching a dangerous intersection or interstate toll booth.
"These are not aggressive cuts," Penney said. "They'll shake you awake, but they won't startle you."
Ronald Jones, safety manager for PennDot's eight-county District Eight in Harrisburg, said the new center-line strips are paying off. The district averages 224 traffic fatalities a year, he said. In 1999, a particularly bad year, 252 persons died on the district's highways. Last year, the numbers dropped to 216, Jones said. He credits the new center-line rumble strips.