Signs possible to keep trucks off Washington St.

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com

Progress is being made toward getting large trucks off South Washington Street in the Borough of Greencastle.

At last week's borough council meeting, Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. reported a preliminary response from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation engineer reviewing concerns about the trucks. He said large signs and a travel restriction study are being considered.

South Washington Street is a state road. Thomas, with a follow-up letter of support from borough council, has asked PennDOT to review the situation and "consider larger (much larger) signage directing trucks to stay on SR0011 (north-bound) and not enter the urban, residential area of Greencastle."

Truckers headed north on U.S. 11 bound for Baltimore Street follow their GPS onto Washington Street or fail to see the small sign with an arrow directing them to stay on U.S. 11.

That takes the 53-foot trucks down the residential street "just inches from eastern sidewalks, pedestrians, parked cars and children ... with the Greencastle-Antrim School District campus located nearby," Thomas wrote in a January letter to PennDOT.

The tractor-trailers then have difficulty turning right from Washington Street onto Baltimore Street to head toward Interstate 81, Thomas wrote.

A bollard placed to protect the traffic signals at the intersection now leans considerably after being hit repeatedly, Borough Manager Eden Ratliff noted in his report. This diminishes the post's ability to protect the traffic signals. It will be reset by the public works department when weather permits with several days of sustained temperatures of at least 40 degrees.

Also last week:

  • In his report, Thomas noted Greencastle police and Rescue Hose Co. EMS continue to respond to overdose calls.

"I encourage those with these very challenging health issues to seek help and recovery," Thomas said. "For those who chose our Greencastle to get a hotel room, party, get high and cause our emergency services to save your lives — get out of our town!"

  • Ratliff reported a contract to install the rapid flashing beacons at some crosswalks on Baltimore Street should be awarded a the April 1 council meeting.
  • Acting on the recommendation of the public safety committee, council voted to advertise an ordinance designating no parking on the east side of North Allison Street for 105 feet north of Grant Street to improve visibility.
  • Stephen J. Bryan of 409 E. Baltimore St. was appointed to a five-year term on the shade tree commission.