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Engineers map out transportation proposals for Waynesboro

October 25, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - They've called the comprehensive plan their "road map for the future."

This week, representatives of Washington Township and the Borough of Waynesboro got a preliminary look at the literal road maps to be included in that plan.

Contracted engineers have suggested roads to be built, widened and better signaled.

The most notable recommendations from Reading, Pa., engineering firm Spotts, Stevens and McCoy are the northern and southern bypasses that could encircle Waynesboro.

As proposed, the southern one would follow Cold Spring Road in the western end of town and cut across Cemetery Avenue before ending at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Midvale Road. The northern one largely follows Mentzer Gap Road on plans.

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Community leaders will use the comprehensive plan to not only consider future transportation changes, but also guide other subjects like land use and tourism.

"We do not have a town designed for an 18-wheeler," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

He encouraged the engineers to look at ways "to somehow encourage trucks to not come through downtown Waynesboro" when revising transportation plans.

Waynesboro Planning Commission member Stephen Monn also asked the engineers to take a more thorough look at rerouting tractor-trailers.

"When it takes one full traffic light cycle for a tractor-trailer to turn right from Potomac Street to Main Street ... it would be a shame to not at least think about some possibilities," he said.

Recommendations included in an earlier comprehensive plan led to the ongoing development of Washington Township Boulevard, a $14.3 million relief route planned north of Waynesboro.

That road will not restrict tractor-trailer use, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Spotts, Stevens and McCoy recommended at least five traffic lights on Washington Township Boulevard. The firm also recommended extending Third Street in Waynesboro and widening Gehr Road in the township.

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