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.
Go mobileDownload the SeeClickFix app from the Android Market or iTunes to report issues as you are out and about.
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When this snow melts, it will likely reveal lots of trash along the roads.
Plastic shopping bags, soda bottles and car parts are just some of the items that litter the highway.
It takes volunteers to help spruce up the roadsides and keep their communities looking beautiful.
Volunteers receive gloves, trash bags and safety vests from PennDOT to participate in the cleanup.
How much does participating make a difference?
Consider this: Last year’s effort resulted in 6.1 million pounds of litter being picked up statewide along roads, trails and shorelines, a news release states.
Are you interested in participating? You can find a listing up cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup and other information at www.gacofpa.org.
A bridge in York County closed last week after a recent inspection, said Steve Malesker, senior project manager with C.S. Davidson Inc.
The Hayrick Road bridge over the Codorus Creek at the Heidelberg and North Codorus Township line was closed because an inspection showed corrosion on one of the truss members, Malesker said in an email. An analysis determined that the bridge is no longer safe to carry traffic.
The bridge is a single-span, wrought iron pony truss that was built in 1909. Before it was closed, it was posted with a 4-ton weight limit, Malesker said. With that weight limit, it could not even carry emergency vehicles.
The bridge will not be considered for replacement or maintenance at this time, Malesker said. If it will not be put back in service, crews will likely install a cul-de-sac on each approach to allow vehicles to turn around.
Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services looked into the issue a little more, and he thinks that “frost quakes” might be a possibility. The (Sharon) Herald in western Pennsylvania had a story recently about cryoseisms after people there heard a bang or felt the earth shake.
The quakes can occur when the ground is saturated with water and the temperature drops sharply, geologist Lindell Bridges told the newspaper. Unlike earthquakes, frost quakes happen in the shallow ground. You can read the story here.
Seismographs in the area showed some “noise” throughout the afternoon but did not register an earthquake, Jones said. He read the story about the “frost quakes,” and it “sounds like what’s going on here.”
What do you think?
A reader has been in touch with me about a sign that has been tilted — and now totally flipped — on Leader Heights Road in York Township.
The sign indicates to drivers heading east on Leader Heights Road which lane they need to be in if they want to get on Interstate 83 North.
The reader said the sign had been tilted at an angle for some time.
Local residents know their way around, but as the reader pointed out, drivers unfamiliar with the area wouldn’t be able to see it.
Have you seen similar problems in your area?
A reader contacted us recently about a boom heard in the Dover area on New Year’s Day.
He said that many people reported hearing it, and some said their houses shook. It happened around 3 p.m.
So I called Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services to see if he had heard anything about it.
Jones said he had heard a boom around 12:50 p.m. that day. He checked Millersville University’s seismograph, and he saw little blips on it throughout the afternoon, including 3:01 p.m.
What was it? He’s not sure, he said. He planned to check in with a senior geologic scientist with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey about it.
“You have a nice mystery there,” Jones said.
Did you hear or feel anything on New Year’s Day? If so, when, where and about what time? Please describe what you heard or felt.
Rabbittransit has transitioned its website to make it easier for people using mobile devices to read and navigate, according to a news release.
Users should find it easier access to schedules, rider alerts, bus arrivals and fare information, the news release states.
Just go to www.rabbittransit.org. Users will be redirected to the mobile version, the news release says.
More upgrades and improvements are planned for later this year, the news release states.
Have you used the mobile-friendly website?
The removal of the Chambers Road traffic signal has been postponed because of the snow storm, according to Greg Penny, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
It is now scheduled to be removed on Thursday, he said in an email.
The light at the intersection of Route 124 and Chambers Road in York Township is coming down.
It was expected to be removed today, but the work had to be pushed back because of the cold weather, said Greg Penny, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. The frigid temperatures can cause problems with line painting.
The job is now scheduled for Tuesday, he said.
The light is coming down so that crews can widen and add more lanes on Mount Rose Avenue, PennDOT says. Also, the traffic light is too close to the intersection of routes 24 and 124.
The removal of the light is expected to improve traffic flow and safety.
A stop sign will be installed on Chambers Road where it connects with Route 124. Left turns from Chambers Road now are prohibited, PennDOT says.
Crews started in April on the $3.2 million project to widen Route 124 between Hartford Road in Springettsbury Township and Chambers Road in York Township. It is expected to be finished in the spring of 2015, PennDOT says.
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.