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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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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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