The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 8, 2013

Danville plans to make Spruce a one-way street

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Plans are in the works to improve Spruce Street and make it one-way.

Danville Police Chief Eric Gill told the borough council discussions were held on making the street one-way from Cherry to Ferry streets.

The street is a main thoroughfare used by Geisinger employees.

Gill contacted a representative from L-TAP or the Local Technical Assistance Program of PennDOT to find out when a traffic study could be done. That official told him it could be done this summer.

But council president Dick Johns said a SEDA-COG official told him the borough should act more quickly in order to apply for grants for the project, which will make the street one-way going west.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to wait two to two and a half months if we will lose money,” Johns said.

If the borough can obtain grants, it plans to improve the street, including new sidewalks, drainage and curbs. Johns said the project can cost more than $1 million.

Geisinger has offered to contribute $350,000 toward the project, he said.

“It’s a shame to lose the opportunity to do this if we don’t get off our duffs to make it one-way.”

Gill said he will contact L-TAP and request another consultant do the traffic study as quickly as possible.