Group concerned about road's future

February 28, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Even as Washington Township Boulevard is being built north of Waynesboro, a study group planning for the community's future acknowledged Tuesday that the road someday could be overwhelmed by traffic generated by new residential and commercial development.

"It's going to have to be four lanes before too long," said Randy Kuhn, a member of the Washington Township Planning Commission.

The study group - contributing to a comprehensive plan being developed by Reading, Pa., engineering firm Spotts, Stevens and McCoy - kicked around possibilities to enhance the area's traffic flow, especially west of town.

Washington Township Boulevard will, in its final phase of construction, connect to Pa. 16 west of the Borough of Waynesboro.

"By the time that section gets there, they'll probably be building all four lanes at the same time," Washington Township (Pa.) Manager Mike Christopher said.


The group threw out ideas to connect that area to borough roads.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said tentative plans are to extend Cemetery Avenue west to the Washington Township line.

"Since I was in elementary school, there has been talk of getting truck traffic and excess traffic around town," Waynesboro Planning Commission Member Stephen Monn said.

Fellow Waynesboro planner Don Weller expressed concern about vehicles using alleys and small roads to leave the Rouzerville (Pa.) Commons shopping center and travel south of Waynesboro.

Hamberger asked Glenn Neuhs from Spotts, Stevens and McCoy to explore road possibilities for inclusion into the joint comprehensive plan being developed for the borough and township.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the two municipalities $36,200 to develop a joint comprehensive plan. They split the remaining cost for the document that will guide future decision-making regarding housing, transportation, recreation and adaptive reuse of buildings.

The comprehensive plan should allow "us to hand this community over to our children and let them enjoy the life we do," Hamberger said.

Know more ... in 30 seconds

The issue: The Borough of Waynesboro and surrounding Washington Township in Franklin County, Pa., have started planning for the next 20 years in a joint comprehensive plan being developed by engineering firm Spotts, Stevens and McCoy of Reading, Pa.

What happened: Spotts, Stevens and McCoy has been ranking local issues by talking to businesspeople, residents and municipal and school officials.

What's next: Representatives of the firm will tour the region next month and continue setting goals.

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