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Springwood Road traffic concerns emerge in York Twp. development project

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
  • The roundabout would have been part of "improvements" included in a land development plan for Beckett Woods.
  • Supervisors agreed that a roundabout would be very hard to install at that intersection due to the nearby I-83 bridge and other environmental constraints.

The York Township Board of Commissioners have nixed a developer's proposal to put a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Springwood Road and Pauline Drive.

The circular intersection was included in Lancaster-based Wellington Development Group's land development plan for Beckett Woods, a 300-plus-unit apartment complex proposed for about 100 acres adjacent to Interstate 83 northbound. 

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The commissioners in July asked the developer to come up with another idea for the intersection, saying the proposed traffic circle is too close to an I-83 overpass, among other issues. 

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017--York Township Board of Commissioners denied a developer the nod to build a roundabout at the intersection of Springwood Road and Pauline Drive, foreground, contending the intersection is too close to Interstate 83. Bill Kalina photo

"That intersection would come into play" if the proposed development were to be built, township manager Gary Milbrand said. "At the end of the day, we haven't worked out what would be there yet. Until I see something else, I'm not certain a roundabout is appropriate there."

 

The project hasn't moved forward  since this summer when township commissioners said they're not comfortable with the plans for the intersection. 

"The ball is in their hands right now," Milbrand said. "There's been very little movement."

Commissioners noted that a roundabout would be hard to install at Springwood Road and Pauline Drive because of the nearby I-83 bridge — even if the developer owned the land.

"The land that is required to build a roundabout, he'd have to buy it," township Commissioner Bob Kessler noted. "We're not going to take anything through eminent domain just to put in a roundabout. Hopefully, they would be able to set up a traffic light. We ought to hear from them sometime this month."

The commissioners voted 5-0 at their July meeting to provide Wellington Development Group a 90-day extension to work with township staff and consultants on a revised plan.

Plans submitted by RGS Associates, the project's engineer, calls for construction of 306 apartments in 17 buildings. 

In addition to issues with the traffic roundabout, commissioners are concerned the property's steep slopes could lead to greater storm-water runoff on Springwood Road, Kessler said. 

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017--York Township Board of Commissioners denied a developer the nod to build a roundabout at the intersection of Springwood Road and Pauline Drive, bottom right, contending the intersection is too close to Interstate 83. Development on 100 acres is planned for the area. Bill Kalina photo