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Proposal would remove Waynesboro stop sign

February 11, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Traffic patterns at a Borough of Waynesboro intersection would be revamped under a proposal before the borough council.

Currently, vehicles southbound on Fairview Avenue are supposed to stop twice at the intersection where the road meets Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street. The pair of stop signs are less than two car lengths apart.

"Nobody's stopping at the first one," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

Martin, who oversees the council's street committee, presented the council last Wednesday with a proposal that would eliminate one stop sign.

The double stop signs were installed to enhance safety at the crosswalks, Mayor Richard Starliper said.

The intersection under review is the first one south of Fairview Elementary School.

Councilman Craig Newcomer said he spoke to the intersection's crossing guard, who was in favor of the proposal.

"I see the thoughts of having it there because of the crosswalk," Martin said. "That's going to be looked at real hard."

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Also on the street committee's radar are plans for a traffic light that could be installed at the intersection of Northeast Avenue and East Main Street.

The council last week agreed to work with Washington Township, Pa., to secure funding for that light. The councilmen said they would spend up to $75,000 on the endeavor and would solicit help from local legislators.

State Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said he met Friday with the borough manager.

"I'm going to go to work on it and see if I can find some money. I just wish it would've happened 14 years ago when I got the money then," said Punt, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

A previous borough council rejected the traffic light plan and lost its grant money.

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