This detour sign is at the intersection of Route 616 and College Avenue Extended, aka Salem Road, aka Dogtown Road. For those keeping score at home, that’s about four miles from Highland Avenue.
The detour signs — at this crossroads and seemingly sprinkled at random throughout that part of western York County — were brought to our attention by Willa Lafever, proprietor of Sonnewald Natural Foods in Stoverstown.
“They don’t make any sense,” she said. “I’m willing to look at them differently and I realize they probably serve a purpose, but I can’t figure them out.”
She’s not alone.
First off, there is a detour around Woodberry Road, which loops from College Avenue Extended to 616, intersecting with 616 just south of Route 30. That road is closed for bridge construction.
That makes sense.
But Highland Avenue? Routing traffic inconvenienced by the closure of the Highland Avenue bridge to Route 616 just doesn’t make sense. For one thing, traffic heading west could easily take Hokes Mill Road. Traffic heading east can get into Richland Avenue.
If you’re heading out to Route 616 to get around the Highland Avenue bridge closure, it would seem, you’re lost.