Borough Council took a close look at plans for the Vine-Wood Connector at its Wednesday night meeting. It will funnel cars and trucks along Vine Street, Susquehanna and Derstine Avenues and Wood Street, allowing motorists to drive easily between West Main and South Broad Streets while avoiding the railroad tracks and the busy Main and Broad Street intersection. State Senator Bob Mensch, who attended the meeting and helped the borough get a state grant, says the original route through a widened alley would have required property takes.
“I think that was a hidden piece of the project when it first began to move forward, and as this borough council discovered that it became committed, and rightly so, that there should be no condemnation of property.”
Traffic Engineer Earl Armitage says it’s more than a road improvement project.
“One component of the project is certainly getting motorized vehicles from point “a” to point “b,” and improving the route for that, but a bigger component of that, especially in a borough, is the pedestrian and making sure that we accommodate them.”
Sidewalk and streetscape improvements are in the plans. The state is paying the $3.5 million cost, and work should start next year and be finished in 2012.