PennDOT to hold tight before comment

Kim Wheeler, Lewisburg Borough special projects coordinator and grants manager, introduced Project Managers Ben Guthrie and Christopher Lincoln of Traffic Planning and Design before they reviewed data collected for the Market Street Corridor Transportation Study.

MONTOURSVILLE — PennDOT has announced it will hold off before commenting on findings of the Lewisburg’s Market Street Corridor Transportation Study.

PennDOT had received only part of its report at the time of their statement. It concluded, “(We) hope to receive the detailed data in the appendices so we are able to complete our review and offer comments.”

Kim Smith, District 3-0 safety press officer, indicated the agency was invited to the Wednesday night meeting at the Campus Theatre, Lewisburg. Results of the highly anticipated study were revealed before a large gathering of community members.

Ben Guthrie and Christopher Lincoln, Traffic Planning and Design project managers, reviewed data collected over a one-week period in April. They counted, among other things, the frequency of cars, trucks and other vehicles over the nine-blocks of Route 45 from Route 15 to the river.

Frequency of vehicles turning onto side streets was also recorded.

Their conclusions included acknowledgement that Water Street in Lewisburg was used frequently as a short cut. It w also noted that motorists often opted for side streets when traffic was backed up at signals.

Recommendations of the $85,000 report, assembled over concern about the effects of traffic congestion, vibration and noise, included prohibiting large commercial trucks from the corridor and lowering the speed limit to 20 mph for all vehicles.

The study was paid for primarily through private funding, though Lewisburg Borough provided $10,000.

Staff writer Matt Farrand can be reached at 570-742-9671 and via email at matt@standard-journal.com.

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