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Waynesboro pedestrian safety project grows costlier

October 21, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council wants to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of East Main Street, Mickley Avenue and East Second Street, although the project continues to get costlier.

Council members agreed Wednesday they want to create a four-way stop for traffic if pedestrians press a crossing button.

Councilman Ronnie Martin, street committee chairman, said an estimated $1,300 will be needed to change the traffic signal's controller.

On top of that, Martin said he's been told the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to require a traffic study that would cost about $2,000.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he will ask the Washington Township Supervisors to contribute to the project since they already share the existing costs at the intersection on the municipal boundary.

Martin said he wants to encourage PennDOT to change the traffic study requirement.

The intersection is used by people accessing the Waynesboro Area YMCA, Waynesboro Area Middle School, Summitview Elementary School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

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In other business at the council's Wednesday meeting, the councilmen granted final land development approval for an expansion of Tyco Electronics on Pa. 316.

The 60-foot-by-117-foot addition will house heat-treat equipment, a new process for the Waynesboro plant. Tyco officials have said up to 60 jobs could be created.

"I'm really pleased to see this happen," Martin said, noting the news comes after an announcement that pipe fittings manufacturer Picoma's sale will mean 60 lost jobs.

Martin said the council members want to see more commercial development and job creation, asking any potential employers to talk to the council about development opportunities.

"We'll certainly work with them," he said.

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