York Township residents will see traffic changes in the next few weeks because of the uproar residents raised when a traffic light was removed at the intersection of Chambers Road and Route 124 earlier this year.
The state Department of Transportation will oversee creating a three-way stop at one intersection and installing a temporary traffic light at another so residents can more easily leave the Starview Heights and Heritage Hills areas, department spokesman Greg Penny said.
Here are the changes that local residents will see:
* Tuesday, PennDOT will install two additional stop signs at the intersection of Camp Betty Washington and Chambers roads, making the intersection a three-way stop.
* In the coming weeks, a temporary traffic light will be installed at the intersection of Starlight Drive and Route 24, known locally as Cape Horn Road.
* The new light will be in place throughout the construction process happening at the intersection of Route 24 (Cape Horn Road) and Route 124 (also known as Mount Rose Avenue and East Prospect Road).
Township commissioner Robert Kessler said the changes came about after he and fellow commissioner George Jones met with PennDOT officials to talk about residents' concerns.
Petition drive: Numerous residents showed up at a February commissioner's meeting to share concerns about removing the original light without a replacement at another location. One resident, Jay Cohen, gave commissioners a petition with more than 780 signatures and 23 pages of comments from residents in support of having a signal installed.
"That obviously got our attention," Kessler said.
The signal at Chambers Road was removed to allow for Route 124 to be widened, which is an ongoing project. The removal was also done to increase safety on Route 124, where Chambers Road is less than half a mile from another traffic light at Route 24.
But several residents at the February meeting voiced concerns about new safety issues, centered on exiting developments without a traffic signal during rush hour.
The once-signalized Chambers Road intersection was used by residents of the Starview Heights development to make left turns onto Route 124 toward points to the west, including York City and Interstate 83.
Kessler said taking away the signal without an alternative - besides turning into traffic without the help of a traffic light - did increase safety risks for those residents.
"It was a dangerous situation," he said.
The temporary light will hopefully stay in place until a permanent one can be installed after construction, Kessler said. A new light would likely get a permanent spot along Route 124 at the intersection of Plymouth Road, he said.
In order for Chambers Road to connect to a potentially signalized Plymouth Road intersection, which also serves as an entrance to Heritage Hills Golf Resort, a connector road would have to be built.
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