York Split to see traffic pattern changes this week

Harrisburg commuters will see some new traffic patterns at the York Split this week, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Tonight, crews will be moving the temporary concrete barriers and shifting Interstate 83 traffic onto the newly-widened and reconstructed section of the highway, PennDOT says.

A new, 1,500-foot long third lane of I-83 South will be opened to traffic between the Lowther Street on-ramp and Exit 40-B for New Cumberland, PennDOT says. Drivers coming from Lowther Street will use this new lane to get on I-83 South.

Then on Wednesday night, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., crews will open the newly-constructed portion of the Exit 41-B ramp from I-83 South to Lowther Street in Lemoyne. A new signal light at the intersection of Third and Lowther streets also will be activated.

Also overnight Wednesday, crews will shift traffic on I-83 North back to its original alignment, PennDOT says. This configuration will provide an acceleration lane for New Cumberland traffic headed to I-83 North, PennDOT says.

The work is part of a $22.1 million project to improve safety and reduce congestion at the I-83 and Route 581 interchange.

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More work coming to Mount Rose Avenue interchange in preparation for rehab

A gazebo is all that is left standing of the former Budget Host Inn after the building was torn down this week in Springettsbury Township. The Mount Rose Avenue overpass on Interstate 83 can be seen in the background. Demolition of some businesses in the area has been ongoing this year as crews prepare for a major renovation of the Mount Rose interchange in 2015. (Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News)

A gazebo is all that is left standing of the former Budget Host Inn after the building was torn down recently in Springettsbury Township. The Mount Rose Avenue overpass on Interstate 83 can be seen in the background. Demolition of some businesses in the area has been ongoing this year as crews prepare for a major renovation of the Mount Rose interchange in 2015. (Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News)

It’s only six months until crews are expected to start working on the makeover of the Mount Rose Avenue interchange.

You might have noticed in the past few months that crews have been tearing down some of the businesses off of Mount Rose Avenue.

There’s still more work to be done. Pacific Pride will be torn down as well as the Nello Tire warehouse, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

PennDOT has yet to advertise the demolition contract for the gas station and warehouse, Crochunis said.

Also, drivers might be interested to know that two lanes are being extended north on Haines Road to the Raleigh Drive intersection in Springettsbury Township.

Years ago during the planning process, some businesses in the area had proposed a traffic signal at the Kmart drive. But that would be too close to Mount Rose Avenue, and traffic would back up into the intersections, Crochunis said.

A traffic signal will be installed closer to South Washington Road and Raleigh Drive, he said.

Overall, PennDOT will acquire about 43 acres for the project.

Stay tuned for all of the latest news on the upcoming project.

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What will the Longstown intersection look like? Check out PennDOT’s plans

Recently, I received an email from a reader saying he was looking for the plans for the Longstown intersection but could not find them. He wrote that “there has been a lot of speculation about how the roads are going to be rerouted.”

I contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and spokesman Greg Penny sent me the pavement markings for the intersection, which is on the border of York and Windsor townships. Take a look here:

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College Avenue bridge closes for repairs

The College Avenue bridge over the Codorus Creek in York closed today for repairs.

The repairs are expected to take about a week.

Crews will be addressing some minor problems with the bridge deck and pavement, Steven Malesker, a senior project manager with C.S. Davidson, Inc., said in an email.

A few areas of the deck are deteriorated, so workers will be fixing those spots, he said.

They also will be repaving in areas where the pavement has deteriorated, he said.

Keystruct Construction is doing the work, and the cost of the repairs is about $35,400.

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Yellow Dot Program could help save your life

I spotted a link for the “Yellow Dot Program” on Southern Regional Police’s Facebook page today and wondered what it was. I clicked on the link to check it out.

It’s a program that’s designed to help citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a crash, when you might not be able to talk to emergency responders, according to the state Department of Transportation’s website.

Here’s how it works: You can get a Yellow Dot Program Kit.  First, you fill out a personal information form, which includes your name, emergency contact information, the medicines you take, any allergies and your doctors’ names, the website states. You’ll also need to take a photo of yourself (a head and shoulders shot) and tape it to the front of the information sheet. This information should be placed in a Yellow Dot folder and put in the glove box.

Then you place a yellow dot decal in the lower left corner of the rear windshield. This way emergency responders will know where to look for information.

You can find out more about the program here.

 

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Lancaster commuters: Don’t forget to take the bus survey

Lancaster commuters: Don’t forget to take the bus survey that could result in a better transit connection.

The deadline is Saturday, Aug. 30.

Rabbittransit currently provides service from York to Lancaster eight times a day, said Richard Farr, executive director of Rabbittansit. It is on Route 12, and riders can connect to Red Rose Transit Authority’s Route 17 at a bus stop in Columbia.

“We’ve had some requests for enhanced service for Lancaster,” Farr said in an email.

More than 1,400 people live near Route 30 in York and cross the Susquehanna River to work in Lancaster, Farr said. More than 900 people cross the river every day coming in the opposite direction.

In 2013, Red Rose’s Route 17 and Rabbittransit’s Route 12 provided more than 275,000 trips in York, Hallam, Wrightsville, Columbia, Marietta and Lancaster, Farr wrote.

“We are trying to gauge what level of service people would be seeking and what level could be implemented to be sustainable,” he said.

So don’t forget to take the survey.

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How should roads and bridges that flood be addressed?

Brad Coe walks back to his house after checking on the Kreutz Creek. Coe who has lived along the creek 23 years said this flooding didn't compare in severity to historical floods. Paul Kuehnel -- Daily Record/Sunday News

Brad Coe walks back to his house after checking on the Kreutz Creek. Coe who has lived along the creek 23 years said this flooding in March 2014 didn’t compare in severity to historical floods. Paul Kuehnel — Daily Record/Sunday News

You probably know which roads in York County flood during heavy rains.

The Route 74 bridge over the Little Conewago Creek is one.

Indian Rock Dam Road is another.

Should future road and bridge projects not only address the structures themselves but improvements to prevent flooding?

That’s something that transportation planners will be discussing today at the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting.

For example, the state Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to replace the Route 74 bridge, said Will Clark, transportation chief with the York County Planning Commission.

The new span would not include a middle pier, which should allow for better water flow, he said. But the bridge will not be getting any longer.

So will the water still flow over the top of the bridge? Should the road be raised to help prevent that?

It’s one of the issues that transportation planners are looking at with climate change, Clark said.

There isn’t enough money to address all of the flooding problems, so planners will be discussing how they would prioritize improvements.

Would it be based on how heavily-traveled the road is? Is it a road that needs to remain open, such as for emergency responders? Does it matter how frequently the road floods?

These are some of the issues that will be discussed today.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the York County 911 Emergency Services Center, 120 Davies Drive, in Springettsbury Township. It is open to the public.

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I-83 park and ride lot expanding in northern Maryland

The park and ride lot at the Old York Road interchange of Interstate 83 is being expanded. Fifty spaces are being added. (Photo by Teresa Boeckel -- Daily Record/Sunday News)

The park and ride lot at the Old York Road interchange of Interstate 83 is being expanded. Fifty spaces are being added. (Photo by Teresa Boeckel — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Have you seen the construction at the park and ride lot just over the state line?

Fifty new parking spaces are being added to the lot at the Old York Road interchange of Interstate 83, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. The work is expected to be finished in the spring.

That will bring the total spaces available to 121.

This lot has been heavily used by commuters, and that’s why it’s being expanded.

The usage rate jumped from 58 percent in 2003 to 87 percent in 2013, said Frances Ward, a community liaison for the State Highway Administration.

This park and ride lot is the most heavily used of the administration’s eight park and ride lots in Baltimore County, Ward said in an email.

By the way, the expansion will feature new, environmentally-friendly pavement, according to a news release. It will include pervious pavement, which will help to reduce runoff.

Do you use park and ride lots? Do you think more are needed in the area?

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Historic bridge moves to Dover Township

A crew prepares to move a historic span from Franklin Township to Dover Township. (SUBMITTED)

A crew prepares to move a historic span from Franklin Township to Dover Township. (SUBMITTED)

A historic bridge in northern York County recently was moved to Dover Township.

The span, which was built in 1890, was removed from Meadow View Road over the North Branch to the Bermudian Creek in Franklin Township so that it could be replaced with a new concrete structure.

The old bridge was moved to what is planned to be a future park in Dover Township, and the move went smoothly, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. The township bought the bridge for $1.

“I think it’s nice we have an opportunity to preserve a structure,” Crochunis said.

You can read more about the history of the bridge move here.

Would you like to see more bridges saved in York County as well as the state?

 

 

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Use the “zipper merge” for highway lane closures

The zipper merge is a more efficient way to handle lane closures.

The zipper merge is a more efficient way to handle lane closures.

It’s summer driving season — which, unfortunately, also coincides with summer road construction season.

If you’re planning to hit the highway this summer for vacation, you’re probably also going to hit a work zone requiring a lane closure.

So … pop quiz:

What should you do if you’re in heavy traffic, driving in the right lane and you see a sign that says, “Right lane closed ahead”?

A. Immediately merge into the left lane.

B. Stay in the right lane up to the point where your lane ends, and then merge into the left lane.

C. Drive down the center of the road and block anyone who tries to shoot to the head of the line in the right lane.

D. Pull over on the shoulder and take a nap until the traffic subsides.

You might think the correct answer is A.

The sign said the right lane is close ahead, so you should get in the left lane as soon as safely possible and just wait your turn.

Of course, when you do that you’re going to be in a long line of others who did the same thing.

And you’re going to see some drivers zip past you in the right lane.

And you’re going to think they’re butting in line at the merge point.

And that might make you angry — enough so that you’ll feel the urge to “salute” those drivers with a certain finger. That irritation might even lead some people to choose option C.

Do not choose option C!

Or option D — unless you’re actually tired and need a break.

No, it might seem counterintuitive to those who have spent a lifetime waiting in line like sheep, but option B is actually the best choice.

Don’t believe it?

Just ask PennDOT.

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