Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan Transportation Session Notes

Plan includes adding back in full street structure connecting College St. with Spring Rd. through A,B,C & D streets
Plan includes adding back in full street structure connecting College St. with Spring Rd. through A,B,C & D streets

Wednesday’s transportation session looked at all aspects of how people move about in town and how things might need to change to accomodate the redevelopments of the factories.  Jeff Berkston from the Michael Baker Jr. Corp. led the session

 

  • Penn Dot is doing traffic impact studies and different roads in town obviously have varying traffic. Questions of how much can they carry & how much do they carry will be assessed.
  • Interest in recreating borough road structure by making A,B,C, & D streets connect all of the way through to Spring Rd
    People like smaller blocks to walk on so it feels like they are getting some place quicker
    better connects areas
  • Construction in town requires buildings be no more than 20ft from road, no less than 5 ft.  This will allow direct access from sidewalks.
  • Find better ways to encourage pedestrian use of alleyways

Traffic Calming

  • Ideal idea is to park car and walk to destinations in new complexes and bridging to downtown
  • How do you deal with problematic intersections like Penn-Hanover-Spring? –
  • Improve car flow and Pedestrian walkway at  Clay-East-Hanover. Possible Roundabout?
  • Make changes to roads so they move people around, not just used as a way to flee town
  • Apply changes to create traffic calming not increase in speed
    Use Penndot Traffic Calming Manual
    Deflecting traffic
    Speed Tables
    Chicane
View of current bike lanes and proposed bike route where bikes would share the main lane with cars but no designated area for bikes like on High & Hanover.
View of current bike lanes and proposed bike route where bikes would share the main lane with cars but no designated area for bikes like on High & Hanover.

Public Transit

  • Carlisle Circulator
    Transit Vehicle to run in Carlisle (probably not full bus but large van type)
    Possibly start in fall
    Wouldn’t follow regular circuit, would change as day progresses
    Get people to work in AM including to warehouses on Ritner Highway
    Mid morning/afternoon go to medical facilities for appointments
    Afternoon-get people home from work
    Evening- go to commercial/retail for shopping
    After in place for awhile, look at which loops get most ridership and make adjustments to schedule/route
    Good momentum so far, no provider for service yet
    Good funding-Gulotta Group and others

Railroad

  • Train slow moving
    Cuts town in half when it comes through which can affect emergency services
    If warehouses on Ritner get more business due to redevelopment, trains wouldn’t be more frequent but would probably get longer, increasing time it takes to pass through town
    Interest in making walking path along railway (connecting Dickinson & Masland area) but Norfolk Southern would probably be a hard sell
    People already use it as a walking route, would just make it safer path

Parking

  • Rather than large parking lots along road, businesses would be along street.  Metered on street parking right in front of stores for easy access. Free parking possibly in back of store.
    parellel parking on spring road
  • Limit curb cuts from pedestrian walk way
    No front garage on any new residences.  Parking on street or in rear of building
  • Make sure Car show parking doesn’t take over retail/residential parking

Bike Lanes

  • Where does it work?
  • Are they being used?
  • New routes not adding bike lanes but bikers will be allowed to use full lane on certain roads.
  • Only have 6 bike racks in town.  Will need more if we want to encourage people to use the bike lanes and have a safe place to park while eating/shopping

 

 

Road classification Map
Road classification Map
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