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What would you want to see near a new I-83 exit? Have a say at an online meeting

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Traffic slowdowns are often a problem around Exit 24 on Interstate 83.

Residents can discuss alternative uses for land near Interstate 83 that could be affected by a proposed new interchange during an upcoming online public meeting.

The proposed Exit 26 interchange on I-83 would alleviate congestion and improve the overall traffic flow at Exit 24 (Emigsville) and Exit 28 (Strinestown) if it is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Four municipalities adjacent to the proposed interchange — Conewago, East Manchester and Manchester townships and Manchester borough — have prepared land use plans for the parcels within a five-minute drive of the proposed project.

The meeting, hosted by the York County Planning Commission, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and will be conducted online via Zoom. A link will be made available at www.I83exit26.com.

Anyone who cannot attend the virtual meeting but wants to participate can call 717-771-9870 or email planner@ycpc.org.

The meeting will be recorded and later posted to the I-83 Exit 26 website.

A survey garnering 253 responses revealed that most nearby residents would like to see either farms and agricultural or open space and recreation land uses, according to a news release. 

Other respondents said they would prefer commercial and public services, including places to shop and eat.

A second survey will open Nov. 18 and close Dec. 12.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.