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Road Work in RS Nearing Completion

The Five-Points and Main Street projects are "75-80 percent" complete, according to Roaring Spring Borough Council President Rodney Green. Green said the work, which began in the spring, has gone smoothly and that there have been no major issues during the summer-long detours throughout the borough.

The aesthetic work and new curbs are done on the Five-Points and the project will be complete once new light poles and traffic signals are put in. Borough Manager Lisa Peel said the traffic lights at Five-Points are currently changing in rotation and each stop light is set to change after a set time. Once the new sensors are installed the traffic lights will go back to a normal pattern.

Peel said Main Street is scheduled to be paved at the beginning of next week followed by some final touches on the sidewalks and curbs and is hoping the road will be open within the first two weeks of September. Peel said with so many projects going on at once and detours set up throughout town, the community responded well and adjusted to the inconvenience.

"Everyone, from the people in town to borough employees handled the situation well and I really appreciate everyone's patience during the detours," she said. "The improvements made by these projects is worth the inconvenience."

In other action, council officially adopted the ordinance prohibiting the posting of signs on light posts, utility poles, traffic poles, trees, fire hydrants, and signposts. While the penalty for violating the ordinance calls for a fine of not more than $300 for each date that a person is in violation of the ordinance, Green said the goal is not to cite people, but to get them to change a habit that has been going on for years, especially with yard sale signs in the summer.

"We want to educate with the fine," Green said. "It's about changing people's habits and getting them used to a new way of doing something."

Green said placing signs on poles and posts pose a safety risk and is also aesthetically unappealing. He cited several telephone poles in the borough that have nails and staples sticking out of them from years of people hanging signs to them.

"So far, the people we have had to talk to about this have been very receptive," Green said. "I don't think we are going to have a big issue getting everyone to respect the ordinance."

Council also heard a concern about the safety of children waiting at the bus stop in front of the brew pub. With the new school year starting soon, one resident expressed her concern about cars who turn off Route 36 to cut through the borough speeding. She said she has seen the same cars every morning speeding past the bus stop and in some cases passing the school bus.

Green said he agrees that the road is heavily traveled with vehicles cutting through town and that they will look for a solution. Police Chief Greg Wyandt said they could move one of the digital speed signs to Main Street. He said the signs have shown to be effective in getting motorists to slow down.

 

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