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UNITED SCHOOL DISTRICT: PennDOT proposes safety improvements

by on April 23, 2014 10:54 AM

ARMAGH — The United School board heard a presentation Tuesday by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation workers Doug Tanaka and Mark Rozich regarding proposed changes to Route 56.

PennDOT is proposing a construction project that would significantly straighten the curve between the high school and the entrance to Armagh.

PennDOT wants to align a section between Shellbark Road and the entrance road to the United Elementary School. The road would be widened, adding a left-turning lane to the elementary school entrance and a right-turning lane leading to Shellbark Road. This, along with other road adjustments, would require PennDOT to purchase approximately 5.8 acres of land from the district, according to Superintendent Barbara Parkins.

The board has three to four weeks to decide on what changes they would like to see to the roads around the school, according to Tanaka.

Board members proposed a crosswalk with flashing lights to accompany the new four-way intersection between Shellbark Road and the proposed elementary school entrance. Board President Donald Davis also expressed concern that the new road will run close to the baseball field parking lot, and requested a barrier to prevent cars and people from simply crossing the area between the parking lot and Route 56 when exiting the lot. Neither Tanaka nor Rozich quoted a price for the purchase, allowing for the board to justify any additional costs they may request.

“We’d just like a little bit of time, not a lot, but a little bit of time to discuss among ourselves to say, if we need more, what can we say to justify it?” Davis said.

Jeremy Hartley is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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