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Linglestown Gazette: Getting rid of stuff

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Getting rid of stuff

The topic of Patriot-News writer Nancy Eshelman’s column today is getting rid of things, and the infamous flagpole in Linglestown is discussed.

Two writers said they would like to see the flagpole removed from Linglestown Square.

One wrote that although it’s quaint, “this pole is nothing but
the cause of a constant traffic gridlock at that intersection. Put a traffic light up, please!”
CLICK HERE to read the entire column.



At 11:30 PM, Blogger B said...

I don't agree with the idea that the flag pole causes traffic problems. That's just a lame excuse from people who are just in too much of a hurry to deal with the obvious - the amount of traffic that goes through there as a result of the development in LPT and WHT over the last 8 years.

You still have to wait for the traffic before making any turns - the flag pole doesn't make the wait any longer. If anything, it keeps drivers from undercutting the intersection when turning. Another bad habit of impatient drivers.

Heres an idea for those that believe the flag pole causes traffic backups - find another route home. There are dozens of other roads that feed onto Rt39 in this area.

At 10:41 PM, Blogger BB said...

Good points, B. Another benefit of the flagpole is that it causes most drivers to slow down when entering the intersection on Rt. 39.

Also, anyone calling for the flagpole to be moved needed to be involved in discussions long ago. The square improvement project has been in the works for over a decade.

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say people wanting that flagpole(eyesore) removed should have been involved long ago since it's be over a decade since the decision was made. Firstly, i wasn't even in the area a decade ago, and a DECADE!!!! you mean this has been going on for over a decade and no progress has been made??!! Just goes to show it was an ill-conceived idea from the start.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger BB said...

Check out this Web page to get background info on the project:


At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it wasn't just the flagpole at issue, the problem would have been resolved years ago. But the flagpole became part of a larger issue...how to preserve the square, the village, and handle all the traffic at three major intersections (Blue Mtn. Parkway, Balthaser, and Mt. Road). It shouldn't surprise us that it has taken a decade to work out, especially considering it's a state road and the whole process has involved very committed, very hard working residents in the area, not just traffic engineering experts. The process has invited citizen involvement from the get-go.There were plenty of disagreements about the best way to deal with the problem. The plan wasn't ill-conceived from the start. It was studied and studied from the start...with lots of citizen input. The work to preserve something of historical value takes time, but it's time well spent. As new residents move into this area, it's natural for them to be upset with traffic problems and look at the Square preservers standing in the way of progress.
But this area does have a history, and it's important to learn about it before criticizing our best efforts to preserve what we have.


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