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Linglestown Gazette: Why it pays to keep eye on LP affairs

Monday, July 14, 2008

Why it pays to keep eye on LP affairs

In a letter-to-the-editor published by The Patriot News, Susquehanna Twp. resident Steve Kniley explains the makings of a big mess along Linglestown Road that was allegedly approved without a single public hearing.

There's a Lower Paxton Twp.-based group that is doing a great job serving as a local government watchdog – Stray Winds Area Neighbors, which usually is referred to as SWAN. Well-known political and nuclear power activist Eric Epstein heads up the citizens group.



At 4:40 PM, Blogger Harry said...

I think the letter to the editor was a little off the mark. I don't mean the central theme, being that there should've been at least one public meeting on the matter, however, there were various news reports about this.

I agree that there should be more coordination between the townships; the costs of the full improvements are in the tens, if not hundreds, of millions.

However, Linglestown Road is a three lane road. And it shouldn't be. It should be a four or five lane road. There is too much traffic on the road already, and it should've been that way for years. What bringing in Blue Mountain Commons has done is widen the road between Progress and Crooked Hill. And that was an eventuality, not a direct result from Blue Mountain Commons going in.

A bigger problem, and the problem with the lack of communications between the townships is more so in East Hanover Township, rather than anywhere else, especially in LP or Susquehanna. And that's that they've allowed MASSIVE growth in the past ten years (during and after local studies have been done on the road discouraging such growth until the road was widened and worked on). The most assinine thing they've allowed is allowing the Hanoverdale church to expand nearly on top of the road.

I can certainly understand why they would want to expand, and that they may not have much land, but East Hanover Township authorities should have had the foresight to not allow that to happen. At this point, Hanoverdale with have to be bypassed. And, tough as it was years ago, is so much more complicated now.

As Hesheypark grows, so does the traffic on 39. As East Hanover Township balloons, so does the traffic on 39.

Linglestown Road in LP and Susquehanna Townships were already fairly developed at the time of the road study, and that study did acknowledge that shopping was likely to go in where it has in the past number of years.

While the author of the letter is on point, the author is off the mark on what's really going on. Read the study; it calls for an interchange for 39 and Progress Avenue years down the road. Obviously the houses at that intersection wouldn't be there.

It's unfortunate that people will be losing their homes, but I know people who live along 39 in East Hanover Township, and they're fully prepared for the time when they'll have to move because of their proximity to the road.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger BB said...

Harry, to set the record straight, Hanoverdale is in West Hanover Township.

Thanks for weighing in on the issue.

At 12:34 AM, Blogger Harry said...

Oops...heh. I got a little mixed between the two. I should clarify then. West Hanover shouldn't have allowed that to happen, much like East Hanover should have held back on the developments just down the road.

It's a prime example of the lack of communication between townships that is having a bad effect on the road.

My point was that the bigger problem of 39 as a whole is on the eastern half of the road (Linglestown-Hershey) rather than the western half of the road (Harrisburg-Linglestown).


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