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Walker Road to be widened in Chambersburg

December 14, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Walker Road in Chambersburg will be widened to three lanes in an area of Chambersburg's North End to accommodate an expected increase in traffic from development of the Gabler tract, extension of Norland Avenue and completion of Exit 17 of Interstate 81, borough officials said.

In November, members of the Borough Council expressed concerns about the absence of plans to improve the road during discussions of plans for five lots that included the proposed Gateway Center commercial development, the new site of Crest Ford and three other commercial lots.

Director of Public Works Robert Wagner told the council during Monday night's meeting that talks between the borough and the developers of the properties and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation resolved some of the issues. A stretch of Walker Road from south of Limekiln Drive to north of the proposed Gateway Avenue will be widened to include a center turn lane by June of next year.

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Borough Manager Eric Oyer said there also are plans to amend an agreement with GS&G Properties concerning the allocation of funds for traffic signals at the intersections of Gateway Avenue and Walker Road, and Gateway and Norland avenues. Oyer also discussed improvements to two traffic signals and the addition of two more along Norland Avenue between Scotland Avenue and Walker Road.

Wagner said Walker Road is inadequate for heavy truck traffic in its current state. The department of transportation, however, is widening the shoulders and will later overlay the road to the curbs being installed as properties on its west side are developed.

Oyer said the road eventually will be improved from south of Limekiln Drive north to Norland Avenue as the Gabler tract is developed.

The council approved the five-lot subdivision on the condition that a final agreement is reached with the owners on the traffic signals and some changes in access to some of the properties that front Walker Road.

Council Vice President Robert Wareham said he wanted fewer points of access onto Walker to improve traffic flow and safety.

Charles Sioberg, a consulting engineer for GS&G Properties, said potential buyers of lots along Walker have a right to access the road.

Crest Ford, which plans to relocate from U.S. 30 to the intersection of Walker and Gateway, did submit a land development plan that eliminated one of two entrances onto Walker Road.

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