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Downtown Mechanicsburg

Updates are planned for the traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Market streets in downtown Mechanicsburg.

Motorists can expect traffic signals at seven intersections in Mechanicsburg to run a little more smoothly next year.

On Tuesday night, Mechanicsburg Borough Council approved separate resolutions for system and clearance re-timing, LED upgrades and signal controller upgrades for traffic signals at seven intersections in the borough. The resolutions are a requirement of the state’s Green Light-Go and Automated Red Light Enforcement, or ARLE, grants that were awarded to the borough this year.

Intersections slated for traffic signal improvements early next year are:

  • East Main and Market streets
  • East Main and Walnut streets
  • Main and York streets
  • Simpson and Filbert streets
  • Simpson and Market streets
  • Simpson and Walnut streets
  • Simpson and York streets

Borough engineer Greg Rogalski said Tuesday that work isn’t expected to begin on the signals until next year because the borough must obtain related permits for each project.

Grants

In July, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Mechanicsburg was one of 70 Pennsylvania municipalities awarded a Green Light-Go grant to support traffic signal upgrades. Mechanicsburg’s $78,581 grant, along with others in the grant round that totaled $31 million, were funded through PennDOT.

Green Light-Go grants are provided as a reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals, according to the Wolf administration.

Likewise, Wolf announced in February that Mechanicsburg was one of 35 Pennsylvania communities awarded ARLE grants that will fund 41 safety projects across the state. Mechanicsburg was awarded $60,000 this year through the program. The program is funded through fines collected from red light violations at 30 Philadelphia intersections.

The ARLE program was initiated in 2010 to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running is an issue, according to the governor’s website. Projects are selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.

Study results

In other news, borough manager Roger Ciercierski announced on Tuesday that he plans to attend a final meeting for local officials regarding the ongoing Hampden-NSA Mechanicsburg Joint Land Use Study. A final public workshop about the draft study is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Hampden Township Building, 230 South Sporting Hill Road, according to the study’s website, www.hampdennsajlus.com.

The joint land use study is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted among an active military installation, surrounding jurisdictions, state and federal agencies and other stakeholders. It is intended to integrate military planning with community planning.

The study involves Hampden Township, Mechanicsburg Borough and the Naval Support Activity installation located off the Carlisle Pike in the township.

Published study results are expected to be released to the public in late January, Ciercierski said.

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