Design work begins on 11/16 intersection improvements

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Borough of Greencastle has announced plans to begin the preliminary design work for improvements to the intersection of Route 16 and U.S. 11 that will result in three additional “right-turn only” lanes at this busy intersection.  At its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 the Greencastle Borough Council awarded a professional services contract for $250,093.24 to Gannett Fleming, Inc. to provide preliminary and final engineering design and construction consultation for the intersection improvement project.

The preliminary and final engineering design phase is being funded by the Borough of Greencastle along with a contribution from Mountain View Reclamation. Antrim Township is also looking into ways that it could contribute to the engineering design phase costs. The project is on the current Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and is scheduled for construction in 2011 at a cost of $1.94 million. 

State Representative Todd Rock, who played a key role in coordinating the contributions and local support, was expected to publicly announce the project at the Sept. 8 Greencastle Borough Council meeting.  “This is an extremely important project for eliminating traffic congestion and improving traffic flow at this busy intersection.  Given the continued development in the area, this redesigned intersection will become even more significant in the future,” Rock stated.

Rock also noted this project demonstrates what can be accomplished when local governments and municipalities work together to address traffic concerns that impact the greater community. 

“I think we're all anxious to see this move forward,” said Council President Charles Eckstine at the Aug. 3 council meeting after awarding the contract to Gannett Fleming.  “We believe this project will greatly benefit Antrim Township and borough residents and have a positive impact on our collective community.”

For more details, contact the borough office at 597-7143.