Implementation of one-way streets intended to improve safety for motorists.

Last updated: June 15. 2013 11:24PM - 3388 Views

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The board will meet for a public work session at 7 p.m. July 8.

KINGSTON TWP. — After a public hearing that garnered no comments from residents, township supervisors on Wednesday passed two ordinances that will change traffic patterns on Main Street.

In the future, traffic coming from state Route 309 will be one way onto South Main Street to the intersection of Division Street and South Main Street.

The traffic pattern on North Main Street also will change. The supervisors passed a resolution establishing a “no left turn” onto Route 309 South from North Main Street.

“I feel it’s very important to establish these one-way streets,” Supervisor James Reino said. He cited the history of crashes at these intersections.

But the supervisors tabled a resolution to create a four-way stop at North Main Street and East Center Street.

A resident said that the four-way stop at that intersection would create “a great inconvenience.” The change would create traffic backups comparable to those that occurred on Franklin and Main streets during the recently completed Center Street bridge construction, she said.

“We’ve commissioned a traffic study of the intersection,” Chairman Jeffrey Box said. If the intersection met certain criteria, he said, the township would have no choice but to put in the four-way stop.

In other matters:

• Supervisors and residents discussed the timing of the stoplight at the intersection of Center Street and Route 309. Many felt that the timing was not working properly. Township Manager Kathleen Sebastian said she would contact the state Department of Transportation about the intersection.

• The township awarded a bid to Interstate Road Management for line painting. The company’s low bid was $7,189.

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