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Linglestown Gazette: From the comments

Monday, January 15, 2007

From the comments

In response to the “Village briefs” post last week, an anonymous reader asked several questions about the Route 39 improvement project tentatively slated to begin construction this spring in the village of Linglestown. Below is a brief Q-and-A based on the reader’s comments:

Can someone please tell me how the roundabouts will decrease the amount of cars traveling on Linglestown Road?

Answer: The two roundabouts – one at the square and the other between the firehouses – won’t decrease traffic. They are designed to force drivers to slow down and to ease traffic congestion.
When I think of a roundabout, Chambersburg and Hanover come to mind.

Response: Chambersburg and Hanover have traffic circles, not roundabouts. CLICK HERE for detailed information on roundabouts.
Why not move the flagpole in the square and install traffic lights?

Answer: The flagpole is considered by many residents to be an important historic feature of the village.

This isn’t the first time the idea of moving the pole has been debated. In the early 1990s, a major controversy erupted when township officials proposed moving the flagpole to install traffic lights at the square. The project was canceled and a few township officials were voted out of office as a result of the brouhaha.

The roundabout design at the square includes a much larger island than the one now used for the flagpole.

Local officials did consider traffic lights for the current project. They were rejected for two primary reasons – (1) installation of turning lanes would require tearing down homes at the Blue Mountain Parkway intersection, and (2) traffic lights wouldn’t allow traffic to move through intersections as efficiently as roundabouts.
Do you really think that Linglestown is or will be a destination spot when this project is completed?

Answer: The streetscape elements of the project – sidewalks, trees, benches, lighting, etc. – are meant to give the village a much-needed facelift. The improvements could set the stage for more retail businesses to open.
Is any of the federal money going to the refurbishing of the houses/buildings in this area?

Answer: No.


At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Q said...

Thanks for some answers and the link about roundabouts. The link shows a diagram with 3 vehicles entering the roundabout. With threw vehicles it looks like a cluster, I can't imagine would will happen/what it will look like at AM and PM rush hours...I'm sorry, I guess I just don't get the whole reasoning behind this idea. I truly hope they know what they are doing...guess time will tell.


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