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Waynesboro council making changes to flow of traffic on Ninth Street

April 22, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • The Waynesboro Borough Council is making changes to the flow of traffic on Ninth Street in hopes of better accommodating tractor-trailers.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council is making changes to the flow of traffic on Ninth Street in hopes of better accommodating tractor-trailers.

Councilman Ronnie Martin said Ninth Street was designed as a truck route, but drivers are being forced to use their brakes too much because of stop signs.

During Wednesday's council meeting, he proposed several changes:

o Move the stop signs at the intersection of East Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue so that traffic would be required to stop on Clayton Avenue, rather than East Ninth Street.

o Stop eastbound traffic on Ninth Street at Old Mill Road.

o Allow westbound traffic on Ninth Street to turn left at Old Mill Road without stopping.

The council negotiated the proposals and voted unanimously to accept them.

Councilman Wayne Driscoll asked what kind of notification will be provided for motorists to alert them to stop-sign changes. Borough staff members said flashing lights will be activated for at least 90 days, but they said past experiences have taught them drivers will continue to miss the new stop signs for some time because of habit.

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"There would be no stop sign on Ninth Street if you were east-west at Clayton," Martin said.

He said the council could revisit the changes at any time if they're not working.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said the adjustments would better fit into the town's comprehensive plan, which calls for a southern bypass route to be created in conjunction with Washington Township, Pa.

Ninth Street would be part of that bypass, he said.

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