January 19, 2014: Completion of a traffic safety and engineering study
The Greenbelt Association, in partnership with Dauphin County, is pleased to announce the completion of a traffic safety and engineering study which crafts a plan of safety improvements for the Greenbelt.
We want to thank all those who helped make this study possible and we hope to continue to work together to implement its recommendations.
Building a Better Greenbelt: Signs, Safety and a Riverfront Link to Fort Hunter (Click to open: Exec Summary) provides both the preliminary engineering and a financing strategy for the following:
• Comprehensive Sign Plan – this will involve placement of new signs at about 210 locations, replacing about 140 outdated and sometimes confusing signs. The Association has raised $47,500 in private funds for the new signs and we’ll be seeking volunteers this spring to help install some of them. Watch for the invitation to help.
• Traffic Safety Improvements – preliminary engineering designs at seven locations are proposed to bring these areas up to safety standards. PennDot has committed $785,000; PA DCNR $500,000, and Pa DCED $230,000 toward improvements such as flashing pedestrian signals, sidewalks, refuge islands, new trail approaches to intersections, and safety barriers. Final design work to be in 2014 and construction in 2015.
• Riverfront Link to Fort Hunter — the plan concludes that linking Wildwood Park to Fort Hunter is feasible and that the 1.5 mile trail, half of which would be located on Front Street north of Linglestown Road, would be a tremendous recreational asset to the community. District 8-0 has given conceptual approval to the route. A Dauphin County Gaming Grant application is pending for $250,000 to complete the design. Overall cost is estimated at $2.0m. We plan to apply for federal and state grants, including the new state transportation initiative, in 2014 to fund construction.
The study was funded with grants from the Dauphin County Commissioners and the PA DCNR.
We have also participated in the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study’s Regional Bicycle/ Pedestrian Plan Update and have recommended the plan include a suggestion of PennDot Secretary Schoch to examine the feasibility of extending the Greenbelt Trail north along Riverfront from the City line to link with the proposed Fort Hunter Trail at Linglestown Road.
Thank you to all who contributed. We hope we can count on your continued support.
Carl Dickson, Director , Dauphin County Parks and Recreation
Mike Krempasky, Traffic Safety Chair, Capital Area Greenbelt Association