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Borough to study Third Street speeders

May 06, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A group of Third Street residents who attended a recent meeting of the Waynesboro Borough Council's Street Committee may be getting some help in an effort to get vehicles to slow down on their street.

Richard George, street committee chairman, recommended that the council consider stop signs on Third Street at the intersections with South Church and Fairview Avenue.

A three-way stop would control traffic at South Church and a four-way stop sign would be installed at Fairview Avenue, according to the committee's recommendation.

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George and Councilman John Cook also called for a study of all the intersections that cross Third Street between Clayton and Fairview avenues after the first two tests are finished.

Kevin Grubbs, assistant borough engineer, said he would set up the equipment today for the first traffic study. It will be done at the Fairview Avenue intersection, the most dangerous because students at Fairview Elementary School walk in the area, he said.

Grubbs said the equipment will indicate the number of vehicles that cross the intersections per hour over a 24-hour period, the speed they travel and if they are cars or trucks.

He said he would leave the study gear at Fairview for a few days before moving it to the South Church Street intersection.

The effort to slow traffic on Third Street began in April when a group of 10 residents sent a letter to Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

The letter asked the borough to "take measures to ensure traffic safety ... especially near the South Church (Street) intersection, plus the intersections at Clayton Avenue and South Potomac Street."

The signers asked for a stop sign at South Church Street as well as for a crosswalk and pedestrian crossing sign in their letter.

"The high volume of traffic on Third Street makes it extremely difficult for pedestrians to cross," they wrote. "It is also difficult for cars entering Third Street from South Church to cross or make turns."

They also asked the borough to enforce the 25-miles-per-hour speed limit on Third Street.

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