York Twp. to give details on new traffic light


A group of concerned residents is expected to address York Township officials at their meeting Tuesday about the lack of a permanent traffic light in the area of Cape Horn Road and East Prospect Road, known as Route 124.

For years Starview Heights development residents have argued for a signal that allows them to safely get to and leave their homes just east of Cape Horn Road, known as Route 24.

"I'm focused on making sure the people in that community have a signalized light for egress," said state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, who represents the township.

About a year ago, the state Department of Transportation approved spending $1.4 million to install a traffic light at Plymouth Road and Route 124, known locally as Mount Rose Avenue, in bordering Springettsbury Township, with a connector road to the intersection from Chambers Road in York Township. York Township has committed $600,000 for the $2 million project.

Signs: Someone placed at least two signs in the area that urge motorists to call state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, to complain about the light situation. The signs claim Saylor has somehow held up plans to install the light at Plymouth Road.

"If you want to blame me, I don't care," Saylor said, noting he no longer represents York Township in the state House. "I'm doing the right thing."

Mike Keiser, with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said the funding wasn't released from the state until this past summer, and it's now the township's responsibility to work out a plan for the project.

Installing a light at Plymouth Road has long been identified as a solution by PennDOT. State officials included a signalized Plymouth Road intersection when they held a 2008 meeting detailing improvements to Mount Rose Avenue.

"We feel that's the best solution for the corridor," Keiser said.

Light removed: As part of the improvement project, the light at Chambers Road and Mount Rose Avenue was removed in early 2014.

"It's not safe, engineering-wise," Saylor said. "It's too close to the (routes) 124 (and 24) light."

State officials allowed for a temporary signal at Skylight Drive and Cape Horn Road, giving residents of the neighborhood a safe means of getting to and from their homes.

However, that light will be removed once the project is finished this spring. Officials say it is nearly impossible to have the light at Plymouth Road installed by that time.

Phillips-Hill said she requested PennDOT allow the temporary light to remain in place until the permanent signal is installed, but that request was denied.

"I'm not sure the community agrees with that," she said.

Township commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the township building, 190 Oak Road.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.