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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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York Split traffic switches will not happen tonight

Traffic switches at the York Split will not happen tonight because of the weather.

The roads have not dried off, and it was raining again so the contractor, J.D. Eckman Inc. of Chester County, has canceled the switch for tonight, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The plan now is to switch the northbound and southbound traffic tomorrow night, Crochunis said. The ramp work from Route 581 East to I-83 South, is still scheduled for the night of May 28.

The switches also had been planned for earlier in the month, but PennDOT had to postpone the changes at that time so a new overhead sign truss could be installed.

You can read more about the switches that are coming here.

 

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Traffic changes coming to the I-83/Route 581 “York Split”

Bob Farver of Lemoyne looks at informational boards before a meeting introducing PennDOT's plans to reduce congestion at the Interstate 83/Route 581 interchange at Red Land High School Wednesday, April 13, 2011. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN   YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS -

Bob Farver of Lemoyne looks at informational boards before a meeting introducing PennDOT’s plans to reduce congestion at the Interstate 83/Route 581 interchange. The meeting was held in 2011 at Red Land High School. KATE PENN — DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS 

Drivers will see some new traffic patterns at the I-83/Route 581 “York Split” starting next week.

I-83 North traffic is expected to shift onto the newly-widened portion of the highway. Crews plan to make the switch during the overnight hours Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

With that change, drivers who want to get off onto Lowther Street will use the new Exit 41-B Highland Park ramp. The new exit ramp is before Route 581.

On Friday night , crews plan to shift I-83 South traffic to the area currently carrying the temporary northbound lanes. This will allow crews to widen the southbound side.

Because of that shift, I-83 South drivers will not be able to get off at the Highland Park Exit 41-B. Instead, drivers will need to get off at Exit 42 for Lemoyne to get to Lowther Street.

Finally, on Saturday night, crews plan to change the traffic pattern on the ramp from Route 581 East to I-83 South.  Drivers who want to go to Highland Park and Lemoyne will now use a new ramp to get off. They will use Exit 6-C and will get off with traffic to I-83 South. The ramp will widen to two lanes. The right ramp lane will take traffic to Lowther Street while the left ramp lane will allow traffic to merge onto I-83 South.

It’s a little confusing with all the changes, but there are videos you can watch to see the current and upcoming changes in the traffic patterns.

All of this work is part of a $22.1 million project to help alleviate congestion and improve safety at the I-83/Route 581 interchange.  J.D. Eckman Inc. of Chester County is doing the work.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015, PennDOT says.

 

 

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New lights being installed on Columbia-Wrightsville bridge

Crews have started installing new cast iron lanterns on the piers of Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville.

The span is returning to its 1930s look.

“I think it looks great,” said Sam Sulkosky, borough manager of Columbia, which has taken the lead on the project.

The work started today, and crews will be working over the next few wills to install the lights.

The work should be finished by June, he said.

 

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New 3-way stop at Chambers/Camp Betty Washington intersection should help traffic move more safely, PennDOT says

State officials released more information Friday about a new 3-way stop going in at the intersection of Chambers and Camp Betty Washington roads in York Township.

Message boards in the neighborhood have been warning drivers about the traffic change coming on Tuesday.

For 30 days, flashing yellow lights will be attached to “Stop Ahead” signs, the state Department of Transportation said in a news release. And red flashing lights will be will be attached to the new stop signs.

The new three-way stop “should help regulate the movement of traffic more safely through the intersection,” PennDOT said in the news release.

Some residents who live in developments along Chambers Road have been using Camp Betty Washington to get out of their neighborhoods since PennDOT removed a traffic signal at Chambers Road and Mount Rose Avenue early this year. The signal light was removed for the improvements being made at the routes 24/124 intersection.

Chambers Road is a township road, but Camp Betty Washington Road is a state road, according to a news release. About 7, 679 vehicles travel daily on Camp Betty Washington Road.

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Flash flood watch is in effect; officials will monitor conditions

Heavy rainfall from a storm is expected Wednesday, and a flash flood watch will be in effect tonight through Thursday morning, said Greg DeVoir, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service.

A total of 2-4 inches is expected through the duration of the storm, DeVoir said.

The rain will help to quell a recent rash of brush fires, he said. The leaf litter from the fall will be wet or damp.

Trees and plants will help to soak up the rain as this is the time of year when everything starts to turn green again, DeVoir said.

The rain has been fairly light so far, but with locally heavy downpours expected, the York area could see some flash flooding and creeks coming out of their banks, he said.

The county will be monitoring the conditions, spokesman Carl Lindquist said.

Residents should pay attention to the conditions. Drivers should not drive through flooded roads or go around barricades, he said.

Crews with the state Department of Transportation were cleaning out drains in preparation for the rain, said Mike Martin, York County maintenance manager. They also have barrels and cones ready in case roads need to be closed.

“At least it’s not snow,” Martin said.

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Who will be named the best new driver in York County?

Who will be named the best new driver in York County?

That’s to be determined next week during the 23rd Annual York/Adams “Safe Driving Competition for Youth.”

The event will be held Tuesday at South Western High School.

It is sponsored by the Center for Traffic Safety and the York Area Highway Safety Council’s Safe Teen Driving Committee.

The students will be tested on the driving range, in a perceptive driving test and in a written test based on the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual, according to a news release.

Students who will participate were selected by their guidance counselors, driver education instructors and/or administrators within their school district.

The prizes include $2,500 for the winner, $1,500 for second-place and $500 for third-place. Glatfelter Insurance Group and the York/Adams Counties Chapter of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association are providing the prizes.

 

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Furnishings from Budget Host Inn, other business sold in online auction

Demolition on buildings in the area of Mount Rose Avenue and Haines Road/Camp Betty Washington Road began last month in preparation for the reconfiguring of the Mount Rose Avenue I-83 northbound exit and entrance ramps. The Yowza Spring Water building and the Denny's restaurant, pictured here, were among the first of several buildings to be razed  in preparation for the project. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Demolition on buildings in the area of Mount Rose Avenue and Haines Road/Camp Betty Washington Road began last month in preparation for the reconfiguring of the Mount Rose Avenue I-83 northbound exit and entrance ramps. The Yowza Spring Water building and the Denny’s restaurant, pictured here, were among the first of several buildings to be razed in preparation for the project. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

A 1987 Chrevrolet pickup, a woodstone pizza oven and hotel room furnishings were some of the items the state recently sold from the properties being demolished for the new Mount Rose interchange.

The state Department of Transportation of acquired the Budget Host Inn,  the Par-Tee Mini Golf, Mexitaly and other businesses along Camp Betty Washington Road for the upcoming interchange improvement. The furnishings for businesses usually come with an acquisition, but owners can negotiate with the state on what they would like to keep, said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services.

(Mexitaly, by the way, has reopened in a new location not too far away from its former site. It is now open at 2440 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township.)

PennDOT turned the surplus property over to the state Department of General Services, which sold the items in an online auction, Thompson said. The auction closed on March 21.

It isn’t clear what happened with some items, such as the sailboat and the lighthouse, from a mini-golf course. They were not listed in the auction, and the course appears to be untouched.

You can see the results of the auction here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cameras will be required in new cars to prevent “back overs”

A new rule released Monday will require rear view cameras in new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to help prevent drivers from backing into people, according to a news release from Kids and Cars Inc.

Even with using three mirrors, drivers cannot see anything in a blind zone of 10 feet to 40 feet long behind their vehicle, the news release states.

More than 200 people are killed and 15,000 are injured from these type of crashes each year, the news release states, citing the U.S. Department of Transportation as the source of those numbers. Many of the victims are children under 5 and adults 70 or older.

The U.S. Department of Transportation was expected to issue the safety standard a long time ago, Kids and Cars said in the news release.

In 2008, Congress had directed the federal agency to issue a rear visibility standard for vehicles by 2011. But that did not happen and a lawsuit was filed. The standard was issued Monday, one day before a court was set to hear arguments in the case, the news release stated.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said in its release that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “took time on this regulation to ensure that the policy was right and make the rule flexible and achievable.”

The federal government, Kids and Cars and advocates for the change say the rule will help to save lives.

“This is the first federal regulation of rear visibility in our nation’s history. It’s about time the motoring public will finally be able to see what’s behind their vehicles while backing up,” Janette Fennell, president of KidsAndCars.org, said in the news release. “This measure will most definitely save children’s lives.”

The cameras will need to be installed in new vehicles on or after May 1, 2018, the federal news release states.

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