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Londonderry Township may narrow intersection to prevent truck traffic; residents' input sought

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 6/13/19

Londonderry Township is proposing to narrow the intersection of South Deodate Road and Whitman Lane to discourage trucks from turning onto Whitman.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the township will hold a …

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Londonderry Township may narrow intersection to prevent truck traffic; residents' input sought

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Londonderry Township is proposing to narrow the intersection of South Deodate Road and Whitman Lane to discourage trucks from turning onto Whitman.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the township will hold a meeting to discuss the project and get feedback from residents who live in the area and were invited to the meeting. Anyone can attend, however.

In May, Township Public Works Director Andy Brandt told the supervisors that a tractor trailer hit a utility pole on Whitman Lane, which had been replaced within the past year.

Thinking about what they could do to the address this, Brandt and other staff proposed to narrow the intersection. According to Brandt, trucks would go off the road if the intersection is narrowed as the township is proposing.

“I have no other idea to keep tractor-trailers off that road because stop signs and streets signs have been replaced three to four times in the past two to three years,” he said.

According to Township Manager Steve Letavic, Whitman Lane is too narrow for trucks. Truck drivers following their GPS directions to the Conewago Industrial Park in Elizabethtown are being directed to Whitman Lane.

By the time the drivers realize that the road is too narrow, they’re at the intersection of Whitman Lane and Locust Grove Road.

“When the trucks attempt to turn onto Locust Grove Road or back up, they are damaging people’s lawns and running over our road signs, including stop signs,” Letavic said.

The township tried to address the issue with GPS companies, but haven’t been successful.

Driving on South Deodate Road toward Whitman Lane, there are signs that tell trucks with three or more axles not to turn onto Whitman Lane. The signs instruct trucks heading to the Conewago Industrial Park to keep straight. There are signs regarding trucks with three or more axles on Whitman Lane, too.

The township contacted the residents in the area, inviting them to the meeting to learn about what the township is proposing.

Staff brought a tanker fire truck to the intersection and set up cones of the proposed narrowing to make sure that it could turn right onto Whitman Lane off Deodate Road without hitting the cones.