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Rock asks Antrim Township for money for road upgrade costs

Supervisors to help foot bill of pre-engineering costs for intersection improvements

Supervisors to help foot bill of pre-engineering costs for intersection improvements

January 23, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. ? Rep. Todd Rock is asking the Antrim Township Supervisors to help pay for pre-engineering costs to upgrade the intersection of Pa. 16 and U.S. 11 in Greencastle.

The intersection is in need of three right-turn lanes, which are required by the Borough of Greencastle, Rock, R-Franklin, told the council Tuesday night.

"We're willing to participate, provided that it's legal to do so," Supervisor James Byers said.

The rest of the supervisors agreed and motioned to participate if legally possible.

The project is in the 12-year plan of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, but if pre-engineering costs can be raised locally, the project could begin construction in two or three years, Rock said. The pre-engineering fees are $250,000, with $50,000 left to raise.

Rock said Greencastle would contribute funding, as well as Montgomery Township. He said he has been visiting nearby townships and boroughs to ask if they would participate since the intersection is used by many neighboring communities.

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Township Solicitor John Lisko said the township could not use taxpayers' money to pay for a road outside of the township. However, according to Pennsylvania's Second Class Township code, "The board of supervisors may by ordinance or resolution appropriate funds for recreation programs not directly sponsored by the township." Lisko said the township allocates money each year under the recreation fund to the Jerome B. King Playground, which is in Greencastle. This could be a way to appropriate funds to a project outside of the township, Lisko said.

"I think legally, we need to get creative here," Township Manager Ben Thomas said. He said the volume of traffic on U.S. 11 is 15,000 vehicles per day, which is similar to Pa. 16, and traffic on both roads will likely double in 20 years.

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