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STOP! Traffic study advises more traffic lights on Pa. 16

February 27, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Twenty-four intersections in the Waynesboro area have been recommended for new traffic lights or modifications to existing signals. Among them are 14 on Pa. 16.

The state road is traveled by more than 20,000 vehicles daily in certain sections of the Waynesboro area, and Pa. 16 connects to both Interstate 81 and U.S. 15 (in Maryland). Consulting engineers identified Pa. 16 as the Waynesboro-area road most in need of future upgrades.

The recommendations are part of a joint comprehensive plan being developed by a Reading, Pa., engineering firm for the Borough of Waynesboro and Washington Township. Officials have said public presentations will be held when the first full draft of the plan is complete.

Planning commission members from the borough and township met Tuesday evening with representatives of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy Inc. Discussions focused on transportation decisions to be made in the next two decades.

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"The perception of a community can be influenced by the (transportation) circulation system itself," consultants wrote in a 30-page document under review by all parties.

In Washington Township, the engineers have recommended new traffic signals at several intersections, including the one at Gehr Road and Stottleymer Road. New or modified traffic signals also are proposed at the Pa. 16 intersections with Monterey Lane, Fort Ritchie Access Road, Washington Township Boulevard, Mentzer Lane, Midvale Road, Strickler Avenue, Welty Road, Prices Church Road and Cold Springs Road.

In the Borough of Waynesboro, recommendations are for new or modified traffic signals where South Potomac Street intersects with Cemetery Avenue and where it intersects with West Third Street.

The Pa. 16 recommendations in the borough include the intersections with Clayton Avenue, Broad Street, Church Street, Potomac Street and Grant Street.

Representatives of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy said establishing a wish list of intersections in the comprehensive plan will help the municipalities in their appeals to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The comprehensive plan will guide future land use and zoning decisions.

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