PennDOT to answer questions about proposed stop light removals

LOCK HAVEN – PennDOT is open to discussing the fate of the stop lights at the intersections of Grove and Water streets and Main and Hanna streets.

Public Works Director Anthony Stopper reached out to PennDOT after members of council and the public expressed their concern about the organization’s proposal to remove the lights from both intersections and replace them with 2-way stop signs.

Talks first began when council discussed what to do about the broken stop lights at the intersection of Main and Hanna. The system the lights use is from the 1980s and is unable to be repaired. Two stop signs were placed on either side of Hanna Street until council could come up with a permanent solution.

Council initial requested the intersection be turned into a 4-way intersection after a member of the public voiced her concerns about speeding in the area. This action was denied by PennDOT.

The organization proposed the removal of the lights at the intersection and at Grove and Water streets.

These proposals came after PennDOT conducted studies on both intersections and would potentially require the removal of on-street parking to assist in ensuring motorists have enough visibility.

Council initially approved the changes in an ordinance during its first reading with the understanding that they could vote it down during its second reading.

Representatives from PennDOT will attend council’s next meeting on Sept. 23 to hear what council and the public have to say about the issue as well as provide explanation as to why they would like to remove the lights, Stopper said.

“They want to bring their concerns about why they want to remove the traffic signals,” he said.

Although they are providing their reasoning, that doesn’t mean the decision is set in stone.

“They are relatively receptive to some of council’s ideas,” City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

There will be decisions council will have the option to make during the meeting that can decide the fate of the lights, Wilson said.

“All have different risks for council and the city,” he continued. “And (council) will not have to make a decision that evening.”

Both Stopper and Wilson were hesitant to expand on what these options could be for fear of speaking for PennDOT.

“I think your questions will be answered,” Stopper said.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business council:

– Appointed GAI Consultants as the aviation engineering firm for city projects related to William T. Piper Airport during the next 5 years.

This appointment will be contingent on the Bureau of Aviation’s approval, Wilson said.

– Awarded the roof replacement project for Hangar 1 & 2 at the airport to TRS Roofing, of Williamsburg, Pa., at the cost of $379,000.

– Approved the solicitation of bids for the construction phase of the Hammermill Playground project.

The new equipment has been purchased and this phase will see the project’s completion, Wilson said.

– Appointed Councilman Steve Stevenson as voting delegate and Councilman Richard “Rick” Conklin as alternate voting delegate for the annual PA Municipal League summit taking place from Oct. 3 to 5.

– Reviewed the 2018 Summer Recreation Financial Summary which saw the project coming in $4,900 under budget.

Mayor William E. Baney III was absent from Monday nightás meeting.

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