Removal of Route 124 and Chambers Road light postponed until Thursday

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.

Here is the original story about the light.

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Traffic light at Mount Rose Avenue and Chambers Road to come down next week

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.

This is one stretch of road work that is being done between the Mount Rose interchange of Interstate 83 and the Longstown intersection in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion in this area.

Some residents haven’t been happy that the light is coming down.

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Governor signs transportation bill; money will pay for widening of I-83 in York area

Interstate 83 will be widened from four to six lanes in the York area to help relieve congestion. (FILE-- DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS)

Interstate 83 will be widened from four to six lanes in the York area to help relieve congestion. (FILE– DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS)

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:

Interstate 83 likely to be widened in York metro area, lawmakers say

I-83 to be widened to six lanes, but no timeline on construction

Why state Reps. Stan Saylor and Seth Grove changed their stance on transportation funding

What do you think of the widening of I-83?

 

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I-83 drivers: Traffic will be detoured in Maryland next week

Crews work on building the Middletown Road bridge in northern Baltimore County. It is a $5.4 million project. Traffic will be detoured Monday and Tuesday night so that crews can install steel beams. (SUBMITTED)

Crews construct the Middletown Road bridge in northern Baltimore County. It is a $5.4 million project. Traffic will be detoured Monday and Tuesday night so that crews can install the steel beams. (Courtesy of the Maryland State Highway Administration.)

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:

Monday night

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.

Tuesday night

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.

 

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New eastbound Route 22 bridge opens after fiery tanker crash in May

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.

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Pennsylvania still ranks 5th for deer vs. vehicle crashes, State Farm says

A deer roams on the property of Ken Doll of Warrington Township. He keeps deer as pets on his property. (Jason Plotkin-- York Daily Record/Sunday News)

A deer roams on the property of Ken Doll of Warrington Township. He keeps deer as pets on his property. (Jason Plotkin– York Daily Record/Sunday News)

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?

 

 

 

 

 

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New traffic pattern in effect at Eastern York high and middle schools

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.

 

 

 

 

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Route 74 bridge repaired after flooding, PennDOT says

This photo was taken during Tropical Storm Lee two years ago, but it is the same bridge that was affected by the most recent flooding last month. (Kate Penn -- York Daily Record/Sunday News)

This photo was taken during Tropical Storm Lee two years ago, but it is the same bridge that was affected by the most recent flooding last month. (Kate Penn — York Daily Record/Sunday News)

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?

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I-83 drivers: What you need to know in Maryland

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.

Here is the story we had written earlier this year about Maryland’s change to the cellphone ban.

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PennDOT: It’s Walk or Roll to School Day

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.

Here is the PennDOT news release.

 

 

 

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