East Prospect Road -- Route 124 from Interstate 83 Exit 18-Mount Rose Avenue -- is a major throughway from York east to the Susquehanna River. This major road to the East Prospect, Craley and Lower Windsor area is completely closed to through traffic. The barrier is between Miller Road and Christensen Road.
The road closed March 23 and was supposed to open to through traffic by July 31. Our understanding was the road work would be completed after opening for traffic that would be controlled by flaggers.
Surprise, it is not open.
Every business along this road is affected. Becky's Kitchen is 1 mile before East Prospect Borough. My daughter opened this new deli business in September and was busy enough to hire four part-timers. Two people have been let go and hours cut for the other two. Income is drastically reduced. Mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance are not reduced because traffic is not allowed to pass. People forced to travel extra miles to and from home are not coming back to East Prospect Road.
What can these business people do to receive compensation for their tremendous loss of income? Isn't this a joke? I ask just in case anyone knows. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation people want to tell how hard they are working on a solution -- not that they screwed up. This has been planned for years.
When will the road open? We hear in September-sometime. What is the holdup? Why aren't they working around the clock to open this road? Could it be that no "important" people live along this road? What do personal bankruptcies and job loss mean to our government? Not a thing when PennDOT and contractors are still collecting their own paychecks.
I suggest that anyone who is affected by this blockage contact PennDOT, state Rep. Stan Saylor, state Sen. Mike Waugh, local newspapers, TV and radio.