The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2014

FULL TEXT: Dr. Mark DiRocco's presentation regarding new high school


Misconception: The district failed to commission a traffic study prior to making a decision on the location of the new high school and the district must bear the cost of road improvements to intersections near the site. LASD has not included infrastructure costs (water and gas lines, etc.) in the estimated costs for the project.

Fact: Traffic studies are very expensive and have a limited lifespan, expiring within about two years.  If we had conducted the traffic study prior to the time we were ready to build, we would have risked having to burden the cost of repeating the study.

Kelly Township has provided the district with information on state and federal grants that we may be eligible to receive that would provide funds for traffic improvements in the event the state indicates such a need. The budget already includes the cost to bring all utilities onto the site.

Misconception: The hospital did a traffic study two years ago and was told they would be responsible for more than two million dollars in road improvements for just one intersection.  The district will have to make similar improvements when the new high school is built.

Fact: The traffic study is currently being conducted by ELA Associates out of State College and they have reviewed the hospital traffic study.  The hospital traffic study impacted state roads such as JPM Road and Hospital Drive with large AM and PM trips projected for the medical campus at peak travel times.  The new high school site is on a township road and will have significantly fewer AM and PM trips occurring at peak travel times in comparison to the hospital study.  The traffic study is expected to be completed within the next six weeks and it is anticipated that the impact to local traffic near the high school will be far less than the hospital study.

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