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PennDOT suspends road work during Greencastle's Old Home Week

Motorists could still experience delays during the triennial celebration

July 16, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — It’s been slow going for motorists in Greencastle’s West End since November.

They have experienced traffic congestion and backups at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16, Greencastle Borough Manager Susan Armstrong said Tuesday.

With Old Home Week just 17 days away, concerns have escalated about traffic backups during one of the busiest weeks in the town every three years. 

“The borough reached out to PennDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) to see if they could cease construction during ... Old Home Week,” Armstrong said. “That would alleviate some of the traffic congestion issues that we’re seeing in the area due to construction.”

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Mike Crochunis, a PennDOT spokesman, said construction will be suspended during Old Home Week, which runs from Aug. 3 to 11.

Currently, traffic is shifted and Pa. 16 is restricted to a single lane in each direction for drainage work and widening in preparation for resurfacing in September, he said.

While construction will cease during Old Home Week, the traffic patterns will remain the same, Crochunis said. 

So, motorists could still experience delays during the triennial celebration.

“I think that will alleviate some of the issues. As long as the signals are working properly,” Armstrong said.

“We may still see some delays just because of an increase of traffic, but it’s my hope by suspending construction, we aren’t going to see quite the delays and the issues that we would had we allowed construction to continue during that time frame.”

The borough began discussions with PennDOT in 2007 to add three additional right-turn lanes at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16 to alleviate traffic congestion, Armstrong said.

The project calls for right-turn-lane additions on U.S. 11 and Pa. 16, as well as the continuance of left-turn lanes and straight-through lanes. The finished product will be four lanes for east and west Pa. 16 (Baltimore Street) and north and south U.S. 11, she said.

The $1.4 million project is slated for completion in October or November, Crochunis said.

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