Township residents oppose making Waynesboro's Northeast Avenue one-way

February 05, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Sixty-eight hands were raised Monday evening to signify a united "no" to a proposal that would convert Northeast Avenue into a one-way road.

One-third of those people stood and spoke against the idea, largely citing the potential impact on nearby Roadside Avenue.

Waynesboro Councilman Ronnie Martin has said he would like to prohibit southbound traffic on Northeast Avenue and send it on Roadside Avenue toward East Main Street. Vehicles would then encounter an existing traffic light.

Public input has been sought for Wednesday's Waynesboro Borough Council meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in borough hall.

Pre-empting that, the Washington Township Supervisors placed the matter on their Monday meeting agenda. The decision is that of the borough council, but the supervisors solicited remarks from their residents in large part because the road serves as a border between the two municipalities and is heavily traveled by township residents.

Two supervisors plan to attend the council meeting. The board also agreed to draft a letter denouncing the proposal, which Martin made Jan. 16 while talking about sight visibility concerns.


The supervisors said they will pledge in their letter to work with the council to install a traffic light at the intersection of Northeast Avenue and East Main Street as an alternative. That promise elicited applause from the citizens in attendance.

Joan Swope, of Bayer Drive, said a traffic light would be the right answer.

"That would solve so many problems. ... I don't think they've thought about the three-story hospital that's going to be built," Swope said.

The alternative route onto Roadside Avenue is already an option and doesn't need to be mandatory, said Laura Shank, of Mountain View Road.

"No one has to go out to the intersection if they feel it's dangerous," she said.

Either the public needs to vote or a qualified engineer needs to review the proposal, said Richard Mohn, of Meadowbrook Drive.

Windsor Bovey, of Northeast Avenue, said making Northeast Avenue one way would turn it into an unsafe "speedway."

"I have grandchildren and the people who live up and down Northeast have children. ... To quote an old adage: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it,'" Bovey said.

"Waynesboro today is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in south-central Pennsylvania," said Doug McCullough, of Summit Avenue.

No one spoke in favor of the current proposal at Monday's supervisors meeting.

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