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Drivers using cut-through York Township roads could face speeding penalties

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
A 25 mph speed limit sign will soon be posted on E. Church Street. Jana Benscoter/photo
  • A traffic study proved that E. Church Street warranted a 25 mph speed limit, township manager Gary Milbrand said.
  • Costs for new speed limit signs are typically absorbed by developers these days, Township Manager Gary Milbrand said.

There are dozens of short roads in York Township that do not have posted speed limit signs.

But speeding motorists using East Church Street as a "cut through" could soon rack up a ticket once supervisors adopt a speed-limit ordinance. 

Resident concerns prompted township Director of Public Works Scott DePoe to conduct a traffic study of the secondary road off South Queen Street. The study proved that East Church Street warranted a 25 mph speed limit, township Manager Gary Milbrand said. 

If township supervisors agree to a larger traffic study of similar roads in the future, DePoe said, he would suggest that supervisors then approve a speed limit ordinance bundling all of the roads into one ordinance advertisement.

Until then, he suggested holding off in order to keep advertising costs down unless an East Church Street speed limit ordinance is coupled with another township ordinance that needs to be advertised.

Motorists using E. Church Street in York Township as a cut through could soon face speeding penalties. Jana Benscoter/photo

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Self-policing speeds: DePoe said the three-day traffic study completed in September revealed that drivers mostly self-policed and drove at a speed of 25 mph. He said two or three cars drove 30 mph but not more than 35 mph. 

"If the speed limits were really crazy, I'd say let's do it now," DePoe said.

Several roads in the township dating back to 1962 do not have speed-limit signs, Milbrand said, which means law enforcement cannot issue speeding tickets.  

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

Township holds: Costs for new speed-limit signs are typically absorbed by developers these days, Milbrand said.

In contrast, for "short segment" roads, supervisors approve picking up the cost, which is paid for by liquid-fuels funding, Milbrand said. 

Once the ordinance is adopted, police can address speeders, Milbrand said. 

"There are kids out there who could be hit," Milbrand said. "The resident has those concerns. That's what precipitated us to conduct the traffic study."

Supervisors agreed to wait until there are other ordinances to adopt in order to save on advertising costs.