Drivers may soon be forbidden to park along the section of state Route 45 surrounding the entrance to the Musser Gap Trail Crossing.
The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors voted Monday to approve an application for a highway occupancy permit with the state Department of Transportation to establish a no-parking zone. The township wants to restrict parking on both sides of Shingletown Road for 1,000 feet east and west of the crossing to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Route 45.
The entrance to the trail has not been completed, but motorists have begun to stop near its entrance to explore the trail. This has created a safety concern for pedestrians attempting to cross Route 45, which has a 55 mph speed limit. Completion of the entrance is expected in the fall, though it may not be finished on time.
If the permit is approved by PennDOT, the board will adopt an ordinance to post signage and enforce the no-parking zone.
Township Police Chief Diane Conrad met with members of the ClearWater Conservancy, the Penn State project management team, university police and the Wasson family, who own land near the trail, on July 9 to discuss the issue and possible solutions.
The board also awarded a $72,795 contract to LandServ Inc. to replace the Homestead Park pavilion with one that is Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.
Township Manager Mark Kunkle said the pavilion is used frequently, but that it’s in poor condition and not ADA compliant.
In other business, the board approved:• the adoption of the resolution to require the installation of a street light and assessment of associated costs to adjacent property owners to the intersection of Martin Street and Park Crest Lane; and
• a conditional use application submitted by Penn State for a mixed martial arts studio at 1445 W. College Ave. Penn State is required to fulfill a retail use requirement in the building. Conditions include using the studio for training and instruction only.