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Londonderry still trying to figure out what to do at narrow intersection

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/25/19

Changes might come within the next couple of weeks to the intersection of Whitman Lane and Deodate Road in Londonderry Township.

Londonderry Public Works Director Andy Brandt has proposed …

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Londonderry still trying to figure out what to do at narrow intersection

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Changes might come within the next couple of weeks to the intersection of Whitman Lane and Deodate Road in Londonderry Township.

Londonderry Public Works Director Andy Brandt has proposed narrowing the intersection to deter trucks from using Whitman Lane to get to the Conewago Industrial Park in West Donegal Township.

However, before Londonderry Township digs up the intersection of Whitman Lane and Deodate Road, Brandt at the Sept. 17 Board of Supervisors meeting discussed ideas such as giving a letter to industrial park tenants about truck routes, installing a yellow light on a sign leading up to the intersection, and putting up temporary delineators marking how narrow the intersection might become.

Whitman Lane is a narrow residential road, Brandt said. He’s had to either replace or straighten the stop sign at the intersection four times. Besides that, trucks have hit mailboxes and ran over a stop sign near the intersection of Locust Grove and Epler roads a couple weeks ago.

It’s a safety concern, he said.

“It’s just continuous. I don’t know what to do,” Brandt said.

He said he contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and last November, PennDOT said truck restrictions were not warranted on Deodate Road.

Brandt plans to install delineators — or tall white posts fastened to the ground — on the northern part of the intersection that would outline how narrow it would become along with painting a double yellow line on Whitman Lane.

“If in a week [the delineators] all get destroyed, we’re going to have an issue there … the truckers not paying attention at all,” Brandt said.

Campers should be able to make the turn, he said.

“It would be a good test run,” Vice Chairman Mike Geyer said.

To narrow the intersection, Brandt plans to remove the blacktop in the northern portion of the intersection and turn it to grass. According to Brandt, the project cost is estimated not to exceed $25,000.

The driveway of the home on the corner is owned by Atgf Ghatas, and Brandt proposed to have the township rebuild his driveway so that it comes out onto Whitman Lane, about 70 feet back from the intersection.

“I want to cooperate with the township, whatever they need to do as a safety to the community,” Ghatas said.

Supervisor Ron Kopp said it would be a better and safer driveway for the homeowner because it wouldn’t come out onto a busy road such as Deodate Road.

Township Engineer Andrew Kenworthy said the township may need right-of-way in the southern part of the intersection.