Welcome to the Complaint Dept.Have a pet peeve about your community? A quality of life issue that's driving you nuts? Terrible roads? Nasty potholes? Crime problems? Improve York County by flagging problems for us to investigate and help resolve. We can't promise your problem will be fixed, but we can shine a light make to sure local officials are aware of it. Use the map at left to report issues. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How it worksUse this interactive map to notify neighbors and local officials about problems such as potholes, broken street lights, flood-prone dips and road hazards, as well as graffiti and other eyesores.
1. Click the "Report" tab on the left side of the map below. Enter the address or use the map marker to navigate to the area where the issue you want to report is located on the map below. (Use the controls in the upper left corner to move the map around the window or zoom in and out.).
2. Once you have mapped the location of your issue, click next to start step 2.
3. Enter a summary of your issue, such as "Large pothole" or "Broken streetlight". Once you've entered a summary, you can then fill out a more detailed description of the issue and even attach a photograph. After this is complete, enter a display name, such as "John" or "Anonymous,” as well as a valid email address. After you've completed all the fields, press submit to create a public report of your issue.
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- Governor signs transportation bill; money will pay for widening of I-83 in York area
- I-83 drivers: Traffic will be detoured in Maryland next week
- New eastbound Route 22 bridge opens after fiery tanker crash in May
- Pennsylvania still ranks 5th for deer vs. vehicle crashes, State Farm says
- New traffic pattern in effect at Eastern York high and middle schools
- Kelly on I-83 drivers: Traffic will be detoured in Maryland next week
- Andy on I-83 drivers: What you need to know in Maryland
- Rogers on New traffic control technology could be coming for U.S. 15 in northern York County
- Barry Ness on Speak out on transportation issues during online public meeting
- Rae on Police: No child abductions — or attempts — have been linked to group selling educational materials
Use this map to report problems in York County – see posts below for stories on efforts to resolve issues
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the transportation funding bill today, according to a news release.
It will invest an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion in roads, bridges and mass transportation around the state, the news release says.
Here in York County, the additional funding will pay for the widening of Interstate 83 from four to six lanes in the metro York area.
The area that is slated to be widened to six lanes is between the Mount Rose Avenue and Emigsville interchanges.
Bob Jensenius, vice president of the York County Economic Alliance, said Monday that if there is any doubt about the positive impact of the I-83 widening, one needs only to “drive to Harrisburg to see how the traffic flow improves when I-83 because six lanes around Reeser’s Summit.”
You can read more about the widening here:
What do you think of the widening of I-83?
Interstate 83 traffic will be detoured overnight Monday and Tuesday in northern Maryland, according to the State Highway Administration.
That’s because crews will be setting beams for the Middletown Road bridge in northern Baltimore County, the agency said in a news release.
Here is when the detour will take effect:
Time: The left lane of I-83 South will close at 7 p.m., and both southbound lanes will close at 10 p.m.
Detour: Traffic will be detoured to the Middletown Road ramp. Drivers will make a left and then travel down the ramp to southbound I-83.
All clear: I-83 southbound will reopen by 4 a.m.
Time: The left lane of I-83 North will close at 9 p.m. Both lanes will close at 10 p.m.
Detour: Traffic will be detoured off at the Middletown Road ramp. Drivers will be directed across the road to the ramp to I-83 North.
All clear: Crews will reopen I-83 North by 4 a.m.
Drivers should plan extra time into their travel schedule, the news release states. Or they can use Maryland 45 (York Road) as an alternate route.
A bridge at a major Interstate 81 interchange in the Harrisburg area has reopened after the fiery tanker crash in May.
The eastbound Route 22 bridge over I-81 is back in service, according to the state Department of Transportation. The bridge opened to one lane of traffic on Thursday.
The bridge was built to replace a span that had to be demolished after it was damaged by a huge tanker fire on May 9.
The bridges that carries eastbound and westbound Route 22 over I-81 will each remain restricted to one lane of traffic for the next week until crews can remove the median crossovers that were built as part of the emergency response, according to a PennDOT news release.
The goal was to open the new eastbound Route 22 bridge for the Thanksgiving holiday, the news release states.
To accomplish that goal, PennDOT awarded a $2.1 million contract to High Steel Structures Inc. of Lancaster to fabricate the new steel beams, the news release states. It also awarded a $3.3 million contract to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York to repair the existing piers and abutments and build the new bridge superstructure and deck.
PennDOT says that repairs to the ramp from northbound I-81 to westbound Route 22/322 should be finished by the end of the year.
All in all, the repairs following the fiery crash are estimated to cost between $12 million and $13 million, according to PennDOT. The U.S. Department of Transportation has provided $11.6 million toward the emergency response and repairs.
It’s that time of year when calls about deer vs. vehicles come across the scanner on a frequent basis.
Deer collisions, however, are on the decline nationwide, according to a State Farm news release. The odds that a driver will crash into a deer in the next year have declined by 4.3 percent.
Not much has changed when it comes to the top 5 ranking for the states where deer and vehicle confrontations are most likely. They are:
1) West Virginia — No. 1 for the seventh year in a row.
2) Montana — Remains unchanged.
3) Iowa — Moved up one spot.
4) South Dakota — Moved down one spot.
5) Pennsylvania — Remains the same as last year. The chances of hitting a deer between now and a year from now are 1 in 77.
Even in each of the top 5 states, the chances of a driver hitting a deer is less than it was a year ago, the news release states.
“We would like to think the attention we call to this issue each fall has had an impact,” Chris Mullen, Director-Strategic Resources, said in the news release. “Obviously there are other factors at play as well.”
Both State Farm and the Pennsylvania Game Commission offered tips for avoiding these collisions with whitetails. They include:
– Deer travel in herds, so if you see one, others could be nearby.
– Deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
– Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulder of the road. Slow down if anything looks suspicious.
– Don’t rely on deer whistles.
Have you struck a deer — or had a close call with one — this fall?
There’s a new traffic pattern at Eastern York high and middle schools because of construction on Cool Creek Road.
Crews have been working to realign Cool Creek Road between Adams and Nursery roads in Lower Windsor Township, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.
Crews had to close off Cool Creek Road from Knights View to Adams Road for the construction, said Sean Heist, transportation director for the district. So the entire front of the campus is closed off to traffic.
The district is now using Almoney Road to get traffic in and out of the campus, he said.
The district worked with local police chiefs and PennDOT officials to handle the changes in the traffic pattern, Heist said.
Crews are working to concentrate their work between Mount Pisgah and Knights View Road to complete the widening, reconstruction and paving in that area, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman for PennDOT.
The district hopes the traffic pattern can be returned to its normal configuration around Thanksgiving break, Heist said.
Maybe you saw crews working this week on the Route 74 bridge over the Little Conewago Creek on the border of Dover and West Manchester townships and wondered what was happening.
Traffic was reduced to a single-lane at least a couple of times this past week.
Well, it was related to the flooding from a few weeks ago.
Crews removed debris and then made repairs to a bridge abutment wall that was damaged after the flooding, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
Did you see this work going on?
If you travel Interstate 83 or any other roads in Maryland, you need to remember that the new, hand-held cellphone ban is now in effect.
Drivers can be pulled over if police see them holding a cellphone to their ear, said Buel Young, a spokesman with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. They do not have to commit another offense in order to be stopped and ticketed.
The law took effect Oct. 1, and officers started enforcing it immediately, Young said. Officers already have written citations.
The highway safety office heavily promoted the upcoming change before the law took effect, Young said. It include putting out information through social media, Internet billboards, radio and highway advisory signs.
Pennsylvania does not have a law for talking on hand-held cellphones while driving. It does have a ban on texting while driving, which is a primary offense.
Today, schools and communities will focus on walking or riding a bicycle safely to school, according to the state Department of Transportation.
It’s all part of International Walk to School Day.
Some schools will take part in group walks, a news release states. Some will hold events highlighting safety and and the benefits of walking or riding to school.
It looks like some local schools will be participating: Central York High School, East York Elementary, Lincoln Charter School and Wrightsville Elementary School, according to the web site, www.walkbiketoschool.org.
Here are some tips PennDOT recommends following if walking or riding to school:
– Walk on the sidewalk.
– No sidewalk? Walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
– Cross only at street corners or crosswalks.
– Don’t forget to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
– Children should wear bright-colored clothes and carry flashlights if it is dark or hard to see.
– Bicycle riders under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet.
– Riders should follow the rules of the road.
– Bicycle riders should ride on the right side of the road.
You can participate in the first-ever online public meeting Thursday evening about state transportation issues, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The webcast will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. This is part of the update to the 12-Year Transportation Program, which serves as a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects.
State Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch will give an update on state transportation issues and answer questions from registered participants. Questions can be submitted in advance to email@example.com.
In addition to participating in the webcast, people can provide their input on transportation priorities through Oct. 7 at their convenience. The three ways to do that are:
–Through the “Tell US What You Think” survey.
–By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed survey copy.
–By calling 1-855-896-4930.
Interested in participating?
Register at www.TalkPATransportation.com.
Sgt. Jeff Dunbar with York Area Regional Police sent me a list of donors who contributed to the more than $20,000 needed to obtain and train the department’s new K-9, Vilko. You can read the story about Vilko’s recent introduction to the community and check the list below of who gave: Continue reading