Residents, drivers weigh in on plans to improve Rts. 39 & 743

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While traveling along the routes 39 and 743 corridor, you can expect at least one of three things: traffic, land development, and a headache.

Sherry Davis lives off of Linglestown Road and says her commutes are not getting any easier. “It’s more congested every day. It gets more frustrating every day,” said Davis.

Road engineers hired by Dauphin County and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission want to hear from drivers to help them complete their traffic study and make recommendations.

“There’s a lot of commercial development, some office buildings, just a lot of residential development that has occurred over the last 30, 40 years,” said Eric Stump, Traffic Engineer.  “Is the priority to move traffic along the corridor or is it priority to make it feel safer when you’re walking along the corridor? You know, what do the people who live here really want, long-term.”

When it comes to the chronic congestion, some people feel like there’s an obvious solution.

“There are numerous places on the Routes 39 into 743 corridor where there is wide-open land enough that a roundabout could be put in to keep the traffic moving, but slow it down instead of putting in a red light,” said Bill Minsker of Linglestown.

Residents were also asked about pedestrian and bike safety, and how they feel about the influx of residential and commercial development taking place in the corridor. 

Once project managers have all of the data, they will bring municipalities options and plans for the roadways. 

“The final plan will be a capitol improvement plan that has identified land-use and zoning recommendations for the municipalities to consider, as well as short, medium and long term roadway recommendations,” said Stump.

The engineers expect to have the traffic study completed by next February.

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