Township backs Summit library on crosswalk appeal

October 02, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Washington Township Supervisors are supporting the Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Free Library's board of directors in appealing a decision regarding the crosswalk in front of the library.

Earlier this year, the township - on the library's behalf - asked the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to review the crosswalk's safety and made several recommendations for the area.

Neither the township supervisors nor the library's board were happy with the result.

PennDOT rejected the recommendations and said it doesn't have record of ever approving the crosswalk on Old Sabillasville Road, which separates the library from its parking lot. The state agency said the crosswalk should be moved from the middle of the block to the intersection with Monterey Lane.

"The board believes that moving the crosswalk will encourage illegal behavior and raise more safety issues than it resolves," Melodie Anderson-Smith wrote in a letter to the supervisors.


Anderson-Smith, president of the library's board, outlined specific concerns, including inadequate lighting and additional walking along the road.

She said the traffic study might not have been done during busy times.

The real problem is speeding in the area, Anderson-Smith wrote in the letter.

Township Manager Mike Christopher suggested that PennDOT and library representatives meet at the site to review the situation. The supervisors agreed Monday to send a letter to the transportation department requesting that.

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