Bear Creek Project-Sheaffer Road-Spring Road Intersection

According to the EASD Bear Creek school project proposal, this section of the road will see the majority of Faculty/Staff, and Parent drop-off traffic from the direction of the population center.  There are many identifiable problems with this intersection and roadway and the notes refer to the Photo.  These problems need to be researched and either dismissed or resolved before approving the plan.

Note #1
* This section of the roadway has a sharp turn with a steep road elevation change in short distance.  Driving in either direction is hazardous due to the turn and elevation change.
* Driving east to west, drivers cannot see traffic pulling onto to Sheaffer Road until they make the turn and come up the hill.

Note #2
* The intersection of Spring Road and Sheaffer Road has a combination of switch back turns and a hill from three directions.
* Sight lines for traffic are extremely poor.  Right turns are from Spring Road are more than 90 degrees.�
* How will this intersection be corrected without acquiring property and redoing the entire intersection?

Note #3
* Spring Road will see a considerable amount of traffic, and is poor condition.
*The Country road has twists and steep hill.
• Given that road improvements will be needed, is it possible to have these improvements engineered and completed before the school opens?

Note #4
* The intersection Spring Road and Ridge Road is very dangerous
* The intersection is located in the middle of a curve on Ridge road, and sight lines are poor.

Other Notes:
* This section of the roadway and the intersection will need to be widened and improved prior to the school opening and before the College Avenue extension is opened.  Does it make sense to spend a lot of money to improve this road section, when it will eventually return to a low traffic local access road?
* Will sidewalks be required?  Who pays for sidewalks?
* Utility poles will need to be relocated or direct buried.
* Who is going to pay for the improvements?  MJT or EASD?
* Given that road improvements will be needed, is it possible to have these improvements engineered and completed before the school opens?

Bear Creek Project-Sheaffer Road to Ridge Road

According to the EASD Bear Creek School project proposal, this section of the road will be used for all bus traffic.  There are many identifiable problems with this plan and the notes refer to the Photo.  These problems need to be researched and either dismissed or resolved before approving the plan.

Note #1
* This intersection is marred by a steep bank on the left and a banked turn on the right.  Sight lines are very poor and this is a very dangerous intersection.
* This intersection most certainly will require a traffic signal at great expense.  (Who pays for this new signaled intersection?  MJT or EASD?)
* If the Intersection has a signal installed, the approach to the intersection from the north and south are very steep grades.  Trying to start a bus, car, or truck two or three car lengths back on the steep slopes in inclement weather will be nearly impossible.
* The intersection has two steep banks.  Will the easements and setbacks allow for this intersection?
Note #2
* Old Ridge Road will intersect with the turning lane of the signaled intersection.  Is this allowable, or will the intersection of Old Ridge Road need to be relocated?
Note #3
* Widening the Road will be necessary, and may even require sidewalks.  The banks are steep on either side of the road.  Cutting into the banks will likely require more land than the allowable easement.  Will the property owners need to be compensated for this? �
* If the bank is not cut back, then a costly retaining wall will need to be constructed.
*Utility poles will need to be relocated or direct buried.
Note #4
* Widening the Road will be necessary, and may even require sidewalks.  The banks slope down on either side of the road, and have guardrails.  Filling in the slopes to widen the roads will be necessary.  This will likely require more land than the allowable easement.  Will the property owners need to be compensated for this?
* If the slopes are not filled in, then costly retaining walls will need to be constructed.
* Utility poles will need to be relocated or direct buried.
Note #5
* This turn is a narrow sharp 90 degree turn, with steep banks on both sides.
* Cutting into the banks will likely require more than the allowable easement.  Will the property owners need to be compensated for this? �
* If the bank is not cut back, costly retaining walls will need to be constructed.
Note #6
* This section of the road will need to be widened and improved prior to the school opening and before the College Avenue extension is opened.  Does it make sense to overspend money to improve this road section, when it will eventually return to a low traffic local access road?
* Will sidewalks be required?  Who pays for sidewalks?
* Utility poles will need to be relocated or direct buried.

Other notes:
* Modifying this steeply sloped and banks country road to accept bus traffic will be costly and difficult.  Who is going to pay for the improvements?  MJT or EASD?
* Given that road improvements will be needed, is it possible to have these improvements engineered and completed before the school opens?
* The Bus route distance from the high school to the proposed Intermediate school will be 2.58 Miles.  This distance is actually ¼ mile further than Fairview Elementary school.�
* The bus route from the intermediate school involves three left turns, and one left turn onto Elizabethtown Road is particularly difficult and dangerous.  The left turn on Ridge Road would be extremely difficult and dangerous without a traffic signal (See note #1)

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism