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Supervisors look to improve intersection lights

April 03, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors tackled several road issues and proposals at their meeting Monday, including one designed to make turning easier at the intersection of Midvale Road and Pa. 16.

Drivers have difficulty making left turns from Midvale Road onto Pa. 16 before the traffic light changes, Supervisor Carroll Sturm said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved a proposal by supervisors to install left-turn signals for northbound and southbound traffic. The township must now hire a contractor for the work.

Signals for left turns already exist for eastbound and westbound traffic on Pa. 16, Sturm said.

"The problem is that, generally, only one or two cars can get through at rush hour," Sturm said.

The supervisors also approved an agreement with developer B2M2 of Waynesboro to split the cost of designing Washington Township Boulevard between Pa. 997 and Pa. 316. CEDG Engineering of Mechanicsburg, Pa., proposed doing the design for $13,500.

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The supervisors said they agreed to pay for half of the design because B2M2 only needs a small portion of the road for land development purposes.

Discussion about Washington Township Boulevard also focused on advanced planning regarding trees, after one resident lamented the loss of trees on Lyons Road.

Pat O'Connor reminded the supervisors that the road was lined with sycamores at one time, and she asked them to reconsider the removal of approximately 15 trees that remain. However, O'Connor said she would "admit defeat" after the supervisors argued that the trees are unhealthy and could be dangerous to passing motorists.

"It's a shame. The trees are really rotted out terrible," Supervisor Stewart McCleaf said.

The trees along the section of the road near Pa. 316 have created storm-water runoff problems, officials said.

One sycamore has split at its base; the weight on the top could cause it to fork more and eventually crack during a storm, said Supervisor Christopher Firme, who is an agricultural inspector.

"Professionally, I hate to say this, but the trees have got to go," Firme said. "They have to be taken down. It's a safety issue."

Replanting in the area would not be advantageous to the nearby farmer, whose crops will now be planted to the road's edge, officials said.

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