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Pa. 316 will remain open during bridge replacement

November 29, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Traffic will continue to use Pa. 316 as a route between Waynesboro and Maryland while a bridge is being replaced in 2010, Washington Township (Pa.) Manager Mike Christopher said Wednesday.

"They're going to do the bridge in halves and maintain, I believe, 8,000 cars a day on that road," Christopher told the township supervisors.

Temporary traffic lights will be installed in the area - just north of the Maryland line - to assist with traffic flow, he said.

The project calls for the bridge to be widened.

Christopher asked the supervisors to consider upgrading Shoemaker Road from Iron Bridges Road to the state line to accommodate traffic using it as a detour route. Those detours mostly will be coming from the west and heading south on Pa. 316, he said.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to hold public meetings prior to the bridge construction, Christopher said.

PennDOT has reversed its previous decision regarding the relocation of a crosswalk in front of the Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Free Library.

PennDOT has agreed the crosswalk can stay where it is, Christopher said.

A representative of the transportation department also recommended using reflective paint and a checkerboard pattern at the site.

Earlier this year, PennDOT said it doesn't have record of ever approving the existing crosswalk and said the crosswalk should be moved from the middle of the block to the intersection with Monterey Lane.

The supervisors and the library's board balked at that suggestion.

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