Transportation issues top the key takeaways from Carlisle Borough Council’s Wednesday night workshop meeting.
Double road closure
Drivers may want to consider alternate transportation during part of the Carlisle Connectivity project.
Mark Malarich, director of public works for the borough, said Norfolk Southern has dictated that their rail lines be replaced as part of the project to bring transportation improvements to the areas around former industrial sites.
“That will require the closure of Carlisle Spring Road and North Hanover Street for the time period the contractor needs to have in order to replace the lines. Hopefully, it will be only a week,” Malarich said.
The timing for the replacement of the rails is partially on the borough as far as getting approval from PennDOT. The other factor is coordinating with Norfolk Southern for their contractor to do the work, Malarich said.
That part of the project likely won’t happen until next year, said Jeff Bergstrom of Michael Baker Corp., designer of the project.
South College stop sign?
Faced with statistics collected by the borough, PennDOT may allow a four-way stop sign to be put at the intersection of Walnut Street and South College Street, which is a state road.
Malarich said traffic studies showed 15 crashes at the intersection over a five-year period along with drivers traveling at high rates of speed. The borough took some measures to slow down traffic and improve sight distance, but additional studies showed no change in speed.
When Malarich reached out to PennDOT to ask for further recommendations, the agency said “they would be agreeable to a four-way stop.”
Putting in a stop sign requires that the borough submit an application to PennDOT for approval.
New parking meters may be in place downtown by late summer if all goes according to plan, said Stacy Hamilton, Carlisle’s parking manager.
Silver meters would be replaced first with the gold ones being replaced in 2020.
Meters would still give drivers the first 15 minutes free, but the parking rate would increase to 75 cents per hour for cash payments and $1.15 for credit cards.