Honesdale Borough, PennDOT officials have meeting


Moving of crosswalks and changes to signs were among ideas to improve safety in Honesdale Borough, at a meeting with PennDOT officials Tuesday at City Hall.


Moving of crosswalks and changes to signs were among ideas to improve safety in Honesdale Borough, at a meeting with PennDOT officials Tuesday at City Hall.
This is the second meeting between the borough and PennDOT over issues of pedestrian safety and speeding, since one-way traffic was instituted last October 4th. Wayne Earley, Borough Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer, said that ideas will be tried over the next few months and another meeting scheduled with the state, between Memorial Day and July 4th.
Earley described the two hour meeting as productive, and said that PennDOT officials were cooperative with Borough concerns. Council President Ed Langendoerfer, Councilmen Michael O’Day and Bob Jennings; Public Works Director Rich Doney;  Police Chief Mark Flynn and Deputy Joseph LoBasso, consulted with PennDOT officials Robert Wasilchak, Engineer Keith Williams, and Project Manager Carla Medura.
Wasilchak, who is director of Traffic Studies and Safety at District #4,  said that the Borough had requested the meeting. He said that PennDOT will be checking on questions raised, and if the state can help, they will.
Penn DOT will be installing some added signs and replacing others as early as Wednesday, that had already been on order. These include changing the overhead white sign on Church Street by the Methodist Church (at 11th) for Rt. 191/6, to green to make it more visible.
Chief Flynn raised concern about speeding, but the posted 25 m.p.h. limit is the minimum the state allows. Earley added, “We need to let traffic keep moving and yet keep it safe.”
Among other points, Earley reported:
•  Signs on 191 leading into town from the south need to better direct people not to turn onto Main Street.
• The borough would like to add parking spaces by Fowler’s gas station, and Turkey Hill, as well as on both sides of Main Street at the lower end (near ReMax Wayne and the transmission shop). The latter would help alert motorists on 4th from entering Main.
• Costs will be researched to place handicap access crosswalks on the same side from which traffic is coming  (north side on Main; south side on Church).
• By limiting cross walks to the same side as traffic is coming, would mean motorists exiting from the side street would need to look only one direction for both pedestrians in the crosswalk and oncoming traffic.
• Drivers crossing the 4th Street bridge into downtown, and in the right lane, need to be aware not to cut off the left lane when heading on 4th towards Main.
• Pedestrian caution signs should be placed at the beginning of the crosswalk, out of the traffic lane.
• Certain parking meters will continue to be bagged, for a certain test period to see if the greater sight distance aids pedestrians and drivers entering Main from side streets.