The traffic signal currently in place at the intersection of Route 124 and Chambers Road in York Township, York County, is scheduled to be permanently removed next Wednesday, December 11. The immediate reason for removing the traffic signal poles is so that the current construction project underway on Route 124 can proceed in widening the roadway to accommodate additional traffic lanes. The other reason for removing the traffic signal – due to its close proximity to the signalized intersection at Route 124 and Route 24 — is to improve the overall traffic operation of the Route 124 corridor and also improve safety in the vicinity of Chambers Road.
A Stop sign will be installed for motorists on Chambers Road where it connects with Route 124. Left turns from Chambers Road onto Route 124 will be immediately prohibited. Eventually, a concrete island will be constructed to control traffic so that only right turns from eastbound Route 124 will be allowed to enter Chambers Road, and only right turns from northbound Chambers Road onto eastbound Route 124 will be allowed.
This work is part of an overall $3.2-million project that began last April with the contractor Hempt Bros., Inc. of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, to widen Route 124 between Hartford Road in Springettsbury Township and Route 124 in York Township to two lanes of traffic in each direction along with a center turn lane. This section of Route 124 averages 23,938 vehicles traveled daily. This project is scheduled to wrap up in spring 2015.
A second construction project is in its early stages for making major improvements to the intersection of Route 124 with Route 24. Kinsley Construction, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania, has been contracted by PennDOT for nearly $5.4 million to widen the intersection for additional turning lanes. The project also includes the realignment of Route 24 with Route 124. This project is scheduled for completion in November 2015. When completed, traffic flow through this intersection and on the Route 124 corridor should move much better and more efficiently.
SOURCE: PA Department of Transportation