Major roadwork set to begin on Route 34 - abc27 WHTM

Major roadwork set to begin on Route 34

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PennDOT will be replacing a troubled intersection that lies on the border of Perry and Cumberland counties. It's at the intersection of Route 34 and Sunnyside Drive.

PennDOT is going to be installing a roundabout at the intersection. Spokesman Mike Crochunis says it would be better than a traffic signal.

"We feel that it's a good fit, that we'll be able to move traffic through there smoothly," Crochunis said. "The capacity is lacking at that particular intersection, as well as poor roadway geometry and sight distance issues."

Many are definitely in favor of the change.

"They should put something to slow down the traffic and it won't cause accidents," said Nick Shah, owner of Tobacco Superstore, which is just down the hill from the intersection in Perry County. "It's only like a 35 speed zone, but they fly about 50, 60 here."

But will a roundabout do the job?

"I think it will," said Joe Grazan of Shermans Dale. "I mean it sounds as though the way they're going to do it, it will."

However, there will likely be some delays that drivers will have to endure. Sunnyside Drive will be shut down at the end of April for more than three months.

Route 34 will remain open the entire time, but there will be lane closures with flaggers.

The same people who welcome the project are also expecting there to be some inconveniences while that work goes on.

"Lots of traffic comes down that direction heading out to 81," said Grazan. "It will be interesting to see how it works out."


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