The days when Linglestown Road was a country road are long gone. Even though there’s no way to eliminate traffic tie-ups during rush hours, a study that’s about to start could prevent the road, officially referred to as PA Route 39, from turning into another congested area like Route 22 in Lower Paxton Township.
Thanks to a $235,000 gaming grant recently awarded by Dauphin County, regional planners are gearing up to study the Route 39 corridor from the Susquehanna River to about a mile beyond the intersection of Routes 39 and 22.
Traffic counts are underway and talks are taking place to possibly extend the study area into West Hanover and South Hanover townships, said Eric Stump with HRG, an engineering firm in Harrisburg that will lead the study process.
Other studies of the corridor have been done in the past, but this one will take into consideration future development that could take place and how it will impact transportation, said Eric Epstein, a local activist who helped spearhead the new project.
The study will identify potential improvement projects on Route 39 and intersecting roads. Also, suggestions will be offered on ways local officials could improve traffic flow and safety in the corridor by amending land-use regulations.
Having a fresh study in hand will help local officials obtain money for road projects, said Stump.
The study is expected to 12 to 18 months to complete and meetings for the public to provide input will be scheduled.
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Updated with revised description of focus area for the study and information on how the study will be used.