Below are the questions summitted between April 8th and April 25th with answers from our team of transportation planners, planners and landscape architects.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternatives
Q: The King Street Bridge over the Conestoga River is in dire need of rehabilitation. Will it be renovated during this project?
Answer: This bridge is on the list of needed improvements in connects2040: the Metropolitan Transportation Plan for Lancaster County, but is currently unfunded. Its status will be reviewed in the next Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) update which will start in July.
Q: Europeans solve these 5-point intersections with large traffic loops with no traffic lights. Has this been considered?
Answer: A one-way counter-clockwise traffic loop was reviewed as a potential consideration for the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4. After careful consideration from the steering committee, this option was not pursued due to greater property impacts, increased travel lanes needed along Pitney Road and Lampeter Road, and potential conflicts with weaving and merging vehicles throughout the traffic loop.
Q: Will these plans not allow u- turns at any intersection?
Answer: U-turn restrictions would be required at the Lincoln Highway / Lampeter Road / Pitney Road intersection. Additional U-turn restrictions would need to be evaluated further during the final design process at all other existing and proposed intersections.
Q: Have Police, Fire & EMS emergency response been included in the review of Lincoln Highway East traffic calming, medians beautification, bike lane and sidewalk proposals?
Answer: Representatives of various municipal public works departments were included in early stakeholder meetings that guided the direction of these transportation alternatives. Traffic calming, bike lanes and sidewalks were discussed at that time. Prior to the adoption of this plan, the steering committee municipal representatives are encouraged to engage police, fire and EMS emergency response teams to comment on these alternatives.
Q: Where will left turns be permitted at Lincoln Hwy & Pitney/Lampeter intersection?
Answer: Left turns would be permitted from the northbound and southbound approaches of Lampeter Road and Pitney Road, respectively. The eastbound and westbound left turns would be as follows:
- Eastbound Left Turns
- Option 4A –Would be made from dual eastbound left turn lanes provided at the relocated Old Philadelphia Pike and Lincoln Highway intersection, through the proposed roundabout, and exiting as a westbound right turn onto Pitney Road.
- Option 4B – Would allow lefts being made from the extended eastbound left turn lane at Lincoln Highway and Old Philadelphia Pike, or eastbound lefts onto the new connection that creates the 4th leg with the Clayton Avenue extension, along Lincoln Highway.
- Option 4C – Similar to Option 4A with lefts being made at the relocated Old Philadelphia Pike and Lincoln Highway intersection.
- Westbound Left Turns
- Option 4A –Would be signed appropriately that the lefts would need to be made at the relocated Old Philadelphia Pike and Lincoln Highway intersection, through the roundabout, exiting as a westbound left turn onto Pitney Road, and through the Lincoln Highway and Lampeter Road / Pitney Road intersection as a southbound through movement.
- Option 4B – Would be signed appropriately that passenger vehicles would need to make a westbound left onto Clayton Avenue at the Lincoln Highway intersection. All heavy vehicles would be required to turn onto the new connection that creates the 4th leg with the Clayton Avenue extension, exit onto Pitney Road, and through the Lincoln Highway and Lampeter Road / Pitney Road intersection as a southbound through movement (heavy vehicles will be restricted from using Clayton Avenue).
- Option 4C – Would be signed appropriately that the lefts would need to be made at the 4-legged intersection at the relocated Old Philadelphia Pike and Lincoln Highway intersection, and exit as a westbound left turn onto Lampeter Road.
Q: Are there any other scenarios that will be considered?
Answer: HRG reviewed multiple scenarios for the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4, with consideration of capacity improvements; roadway and property impacts; and pedestrian and bicycle friendliness, and presented six options with completed analysis to the steering committee. The steering committee reviewed the benefits and impacts of each option, and narrowed it down to the three that were felt to be the most suitable for the Bridgeport Crossroads area.
Q: How would any of the complete street alternatives affect the outcomes in options 4A 4B and 4C? Will they reduce or impede the flow of traffic?
Answer: Although bicycle and pedestrian improvements are considered within the Bridgeport Crossroads area, the complete street alternatives are to be evaluated for the three-lane portion of Lincoln Highway that is to the east of the Bridgeport Crossroads area. The complete street alternatives would potentially allow for slower speeds coming to/from the crossroads area but would not impede the flow of traffic.
Q: Will two-way traffic be maintained on both Lincoln Hwy and Old Phila Pike in all of the proposed alternatives?
Answer: Yes, two-way traffic would be maintained within the three options provided for the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4.
Q: What kind of congestion is there at Pitney Rd and how will Alternate 4A, 4B, or 4C make it be better?
Under existing conditions, excessive delay and queueing issues are noted along Pitney Road. Upon review of the 10-year traffic projections, the excessive delay and queuing issues are expected to worsen. All three options are expected to mitigate any traffic congestion and excessive queueing that is noted along Pitney Road. However, option 4A would require an additional southbound through lane in order to provide similar levels of mitigation along Pitney Road as noted with options 4B and 4C.
Q: If the proposed complete street and traffic calming improvements were implemented for Lincoln Hwy how would they affect the effectiveness of the proposed improvements Alternatives 4A, 4B or 4C?
Answer: The complete streets improvements would be implemented concurrently with the proposed improvements that are outlined for the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4. The traffic calming improvements would allow some relief from cut-through traffic that is currently noted along the residential streets, however, the effectiveness of these traffic calming measures may be negligible without improvements within the Bridgeport Crossroads area.
Q: In Alternative 4A, how will vehicles traveling westbound on Lincoln Highway get into the shopping center on the south side of Lincoln Highway located east of Lampeter Road?
Answer: Access to these shopping centers would be provided by making a westbound right turn at the relocated Old Philadelphia Pike and Lincoln Highway intersection, through the roundabout, exiting as a westbound left turn onto Pitney Road, and through the Lincoln Highway and Lampeter Road / Pitney Road intersection as a southbound through movement (or making a southbound left onto Lincoln Highway and entering through the right-in /right-out driveway). Alternative access points to the shopping center can be reviewed further during the final design process.
Q: How might private properties be impacted by alternatives 4A, 4B or 4C?
Answer: The exact property impacts need to be evaluated further during the final design process, and that evaluation is outside the scope of this project. However, potential property impacts are outlined on all the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4 boards that are included on the project website.
Q: The map appears to show most impacted properties as commercial properties as opposed to residential. Can you just speak to that issue as opposed to the definitive impact. In other words, did you try to minimize impacts on residential properties and look more at commercial property impact?
Answer: Due to the public feedback from the first open house, potential impacts to commercial properties were viewed more favorably than impacts to residential properties. Therefore, the steering committee preferred options with lesser residential impacts for the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4.
Q: Is the proposed road north of the Weis Market located on property owned by HACC?
Answer: Yes, the area to the north of the Weis Market appears to be owned by the Harrisburg Area Community College.
Lincoln Highway Alternatives
Q: Regarding traffic calming median options on Lincoln Hwy. Is there consideration being given to emergency response? Will consideration be made in areas with medians that the shoulders be wide enough to allow traffic to yield to emergency vehicles, or flat curbs instead of raised?
Answer: Along Lincoln Highway, either mountable curb or vertical curb would be required for areas with pedestrian refuges. With the additional capacity and queueing issues that are expected at the Bridgeport Crossroads area within the next 20-years, it is anticipated that emergency response times would be comparable to current response times with the proposed roadway improvements, even though the traveling distance may be longer for the emergency response vehicles.
Q: Will Lincoln Highway alternative options be for the entire Lincoln Highway from Pitney Road to Strasburg Pike? Might more than one option be appropriate?
Answer: The Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4 options are developed primarily for the Bridgeport Crossroads area. During the design process, consideration for the best design options could be evaluated further. However, this is outside the scope of this project.
Q: How far east on Lincoln Highway would the proposed complete streets design for crosswalks, sidewalks, landscape medians and bike lanes extend? To Longfellow? Greenfield Rd?
Answer: During final design process to be completed as a future project, the exact areas where these improvements are most suitable would be evaluated further.
Longfellow Drive Alternatives
Q: If a roundabout were to be built to connect Longfellow Drive with Lincoln Highway, how many lanes would Lincoln Highway be and would the roundabout be effective and safe?
Answer: Since no traffic evaluation was completed at this intersection, the number of lanes that would be required would be determined during a subsequent phase of final design. Based on nearby traffic volumes, it is expected though that the roundabout would operate as a single lane roundabout.
Q: Do the proposed alternatives for the Bridgeport Crossroads intersection (4A, 4B or 4C) require or rely upon a new vehicular roadway connecting Longfellow Drive to Lincoln Highway?
The capacity analysis that was conducted for the Bridgeport Crossroads Transportation Alternative 4 options does not rely on a new vehicular connection at Longfellow Drive.
Q: Would this plan recommend improvements to the Old Philadelphia Pike/ Chateau Hill intersection and Chateau Hill connection in coordination with any potential improvements to the Longfellow Drive/ Lincoln Highway intersection?
Answer: The potential for traffic calming measures along Chateau Hill is being presented as part of the Bridgeport Traffic Calming Alternative 1. Other improvements may be needed/warranted during final design, and is outside the scope of this project.
Neighborhood Traffic Calming
Q: After reviewing the survey results it appears as though there are multiple concerns about traffic cutting through neighborhoods. However 1.2 is a proposal for encouraging traffic cutting through a residential neighborhood. Using Longfellow as a Bridgeport Bypass is unacceptable. Can the panel please remove item 1.2 as an option?
Answer: Option 1.2 will remain an option for consideration. Although cut-through traffic is a potential concern for the residential community, the Longfellow connection would be provided only if traffic relief can be provided at the Bridgeport Crossroads area. This would help minimize the Longfellow connection being used as a cut-through for through moving vehicles along Lincoln Highway, and the connection should only be provided with traffic calming measures and heavy vehicle restrictions that would prevent Longfellow from becoming a bypass option for the Bridgeport Crossroads area.
King Street Alternatives
Q: Is it being considered to convert East King Street to two-way traffic into the downtown area?
Answer: The one-way portion of East King Street west of Broad Street is not within the study area for this project, so no changes are contemplated there.
Q: The 2020 survey results indicate support for complete streets, pedestrian amenities, sidewalks and bike lanes. How have these community preferences been incorporated into the design alternatives?
Answer: As shown on the exhibits 4A, 4B and 4C on the website, the plan calls for crosswalks, sidewalks and trails at numerous locations throughout the Bridgeport. In particular various complete street design concepts are proposed for Lincoln Highway.
Q: Will sidewalks be provided along Clayton Avenue in Alternative 4B to ensure that the street is safe for pedestrians?
Answer: Yes. As shown on the exhibits provided on the website as an orange colored line, sidewalks would be provided along Clayton Avenue.
Q: Why are bike lanes and sidewalks being considered along Lincoln Highway?
Answer: Significant numbers of area residents and employees walk along Lincoln Highway to travel from neighborhoods to area businesses or access bus stops. Without sidewalks or bike lanes, pedestrians and bicyclists are often forced into unsafe areas with vehicles traveling at high speeds.
Survey/ Listening to a diversity of opinions
Q: What are the different ways in which this planning effort will listen to resident viewpoints?
Throughout this planning study, there have been numerous opportunities for community input, including an Open House Meeting and two community surveys. During the Spring of 2021, this planning study has invited area residents, employees, property owners and transit riders to submit survey responses in person at two local municipal buildings and via the third online survey.
Q: Why wasn’t the survey mailed out to all residents in the immediate area?
Answer: The project steering committee felt that the community outreach efforts outlined on the project website would give numerous ways for area residents to provide input on the design alternatives.
Proposed Land Uses
Q: Will residential options include low-income housing?
Answer: Each of the four municipalities in the Bridgeport area will evaluate the recommended land uses in this study, including residential uses, and determine which types of residential uses should be permitted in local zoning regulations.
Q: When will the final plan recommendations be presented to the community?
Answer: The Bridgeport Crossroad Steering Committee and its consultants expect to present the plan to the community in late May or early June.
Q: What is the time frame to get the project to get done?
Answer: The Bridgeport Transportation and Land Use Study will be completed in early June and the plan will include an implementation plan with recommended infrastructure, planning and zoning recommendations. The four municipalities will continue to work together to seek funding opportunities that will provide for the final design and construction of the proposed improvements while also determining the changes necessary to zoning and subdivision ordinances in order to realize the desired enhancements to community character.
Q: Will the property owners have to pay for the sidewalks if added?
Answer: Once the plan identifies where sidewalks are most needed and most supported by the community, the plan will then identify where sidewalks are recommended for further consideration by each municipality.. Each municipality will then determine where sidewalks are appropriate and how to best incentivize their construction. These decisions will be made during a subsequent final design phase.