PennDOT supports Harrisburg plan for 2-way 2nd Street

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Forty years of requests have been denied, but now PennDOT is telling Mayor Eric Papenfuse that two-way traffic on Second Street is possible.

The department is supporting the city’s plan for two-way traffic from Division to Forster.

“Right now, that area of Second Street is essentially a three-lane super highway that cuts right through a residential portion of the city,” Papenfuse said.

The plan is to push heavy traffic to the more industrial Seventh Street and improve flow around the Capital and business districts, making Second Street friendlier to families and small businesses.

“If you do that with crosswalk improvements, a bike lane, new trees, you’re essentially going to slow the pace down there and you’re going to make it much more attractive for residents,” Papenfuse said.

The mayor says there will be City Council discussion and public input first. He said the change could happen as early as 2016.

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