As the state Route 255 construction project continues, inquiries have been made regarding the newly reconstructed Arch Street intersection. The new layout includes an alignment of the West Arch intersection with East Arch Street. Due to this, a curve was created at the entrance of West Arch.
St. Marys City Councilman Greg Gebauer voiced his concern stating a fire truck would not make the turn if positioned in the right turn lane traveling south. Gebauer is a volunteer with the Crystal Fire Department.
Dean Ball, PennDOT SR 255 project designer, explained with the construction lane being pushed over further, it is not out as far as it will normally be due to the lane's temporary configuration of 11 feet in width, compared to its permanent width of 11.5 feet.
Right now the turning lane is at its worst case. This allows vehicles to be further away from the curve.
"If you're hugging the double yellow line it will be 14.5 feet from the curve. This will change the whole perspective of the curve," Ball said.
If vehicles are not stopped back on the traffic signal's stop bar the turn appears more narrow than it is, according to Ball.