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Waynesboro council backs off plans for 4-way stop

July 06, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Plans to stop all vehicular traffic for pedestrians at Pa. 16, Mickley Avenue and East Second Street were derailed Wednesday when the Waynesboro Borough Council learned of costs associated with the project.

The council had been trying to create a four-way stop for traffic at the intersection when pedestrians pushed a button.

The intersection is near Waynesboro schools and the Waynesboro Area YMCA.

The four-way stop existed before the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced traffic signals in 2010. Now, PennDOT is requiring additional engineering before restoring the four-way stop that was eliminated.

“They want a full-blown traffic study done with the signals,” Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said at Wednesday’s borough council meeting.

That traffic study could cost $10,000 to $15,000, he said.

“We’ve tried long and hard on this for some time, but it’s not in the making. We’re moving on,” said Councilman Ronnie Martin, who oversees the council’s street committee.

To replace traffic signals, PennDOT used a 1993 traffic study and added 2 percent growth per year to estimate traffic volumes, according to Grubbs.

The agency decided that method was not appropriate for determining if the four-way stop is warranted, he said.

“They told us we cannot use the information prepared for us by that engineering firm,” Grubbs said.
Martin said he took pictures showing vehicles turning into the path of children crossing the road.

“PennDOT is only interested in putting as many cars through an intersection as possible with no concern for pedestrian safety,” Martin said.

If the borough paid for a traffic study, there is no guarantee PennDOT would find the data justifies stopping all vehicular traffic for pedestrians, Grubbs said.

The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors sent a letter to PennDOT supporting a four-way stop. Grubbs said state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, assisted in conversations with the state agency.

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