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Centre Co. township plans for future increased traffic on roads

By: Lauren Hensley

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Leaders in one Centre County community are trying to figure out how traffic concerns can be managed with the expected development of additional housing and commercial expansions in the coming years.

It's the question research is aiming to answer after a traffic study was presented to the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors Monday.

"We looked at potential land use changes in accordance with the current zoning that the township has in place to look at what new trips may be generated in the morning and afternoon rush hour to see what additional kind of traffic will be on the roads, and to see what improvements we will need to make that intersection to handle the additional traffic that will be generated," Ferguson Township engineer Ron Seybert said.

A similar study was conducted about 15 years ago. In response, the township widened Science Park Road to three lanes and constructed Blue Course Drive, among other projects. Out of the 36 intersections studied in this recent study, one road jumped out as needing the most immediate attention.

"The intersection that rose to the surface to need attention was Valley Vista Drive and Bachman Lane," Seybert said. "We are recommending a left turn be constructed."

Now that the research has been presented, Seybert said the township will be doing some cost estimate plans and tackle one upgrade at a time.

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Edgar Snyder

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