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Officials seek help for deadly stretch of Pa. 16

August 15, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Acting on complaints from residents, the Antrim Township Supervisors sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation requesting a traffic study on a section of Pa. 16 west of Greencastle that has been the site of several fatal accidents.

The most recent at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Hill Road east of the village of Upton, Pa., occurred July 12 when two people died in a collision.

Township Administrator Ben Thomas Jr. said the supervisors voted to send the request earlier this week.

Thomas said the board has received a letter and several phone calls from residents concerned about safety at the intersection.

It's the second time supervisors have asked PennDOT for a study of the intersection. The first request was made in September 1998, Thomas said in a press release Thursday.

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The supervisors are asking PennDOT for a review of the posted speed limit, passing zones in the area, the possibility of installing turning lanes and warning devices.

Thomas said he spoke with Lt. Gerald Smith at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Chambersburg, Pa., about enforcing the speed limit in the area.

He said Smith told him that additional traffic enforcement is in effect there and will continue.

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