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May 16, 2014

Readers' Forum 5/16 | Changing seasons bring road projects

JOHNSTOWN — The most unmistakable sign that summer has nearly arrived is the morning traffic jams that are once again a way of life on Route 56 through Johnstown’s West End, due to some generic road project which requires the excavation of Broad Street from the Sheetz light all the way to Roosevelt Boulevard. 

This seasonal indication is far more reliable than the sight of the red robin.

For that reason, it might be a good time to review the rules of summertime driving in Johnstown. The rules get confusing, so pay attention.

First, a flagman does not render a traffic light redundant. If a flagman is waving your car through and the traffic light beside him is red, the driver must find a way to stop and go simultaneously.

Second, turning a sign pole from “stop” to “slow” is hard work, requiring intense concentration. Horn-honking is futile. And please keep your middle finger stowed safely with the others. 

Third, the tire-flattening, axle-breaking crevasses in the road are the unavoidable cost of progress. That these hazards are usually not marked by warning signs is a result of budget deficiencies in either Harrisburg or Washington, and not negligence on the part of our mirrored sunglasses-wearing comrades.

Fourth, while the progress of roadway construction might be delayed by rain or inclement weather, the inconvenience is not. Adjust your schedules accordingly.

Try to be comforted by the fact that the construction’s not going to take forever. 

It just seems like it because it happens every year.

Carl Schultz


When can residents voice their concerns?

I am writing in regard to the proposed Sheetz store to be located on West High Street in Ebensburg.

The reason for this letter is I feel the residents of Ebensburg, and in particular, the residents directly affected by the new location, were not properly informed of the proposal, nor given ample opportunity to voice their opinion and/or concerns for this project prior to the approval of the project.

When any meeting was attended by residents wanting to voice concerns, we were met with, “this is not the time or place to do that.” So when is, or was, the right time?

There are concerns regarding lighting, noise, property values, and maybe, most importantly, the increase in traffic in what is now a nice, quiet neighborhood. More important is the fact that a playground is located within a block of the proposed store.

Traffic barely stops now at existing stop signs. Once the store is finished, is it just a matter of time before tragedy strikes? I realize that at this point, it’s basically a done deal, and nothing that is said at this point will make any difference.

Debra Maland


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