The Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance Tuesday that will restrict parking along Shingletown Road.
Temporary no-parking signs will be placed 1,000 feet east and west of the Musser Gap trail crossing, according to the ordinance.
According to township Manager Mark Kunkle, the trail did not have good access points, leading people to park along Route 45. The trail entrance is still under construction.
“It didn’t help that we also have a logger using the parking facility either,” he said. The gravel lot south of the road has a 35-40 car capacity, he said.
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Creating a no parking-zone is a proactive measure, he said, that will prevent people from blocking sight distance for walkers and cyclists crossing Shingletown, which has a 55 mph speed limit.
Once the signage has been placed, he said, a study will be conduced by Stahl Sheaffer Engineering to determine the actual distance the no parking zone should be established.
The signs will be installed by Penn State, under the direction of the township’s public works/engineering section and will be maintained by the township, according to the ordinance.
While there is no path continuing on the north side of Route 45 to West Whitehall Road, Kunkle said, an old farm lane crosses through the Penn State-owned property to the road. It has been utilized by walkers and cyclists interested in exploring that area.
Plans are in place to create a “greenway” that will connect Musser Gap to the planned Whitehall Road regional park before continuing on into the residential areas on Blue Course Drive. The trail will be created through a partnership between ClearWater Conservancy and Penn State.
People can cross from the Musser Gap Trail to the north side of Route 45 at a marked crossing, said ClearWater Conservancy conservation biologist Katie Ombalski. The crossing is signed and marked to PennDOT specifications.
The Musser Gap Trail Crossing is expected to officially open once the temporary parking restrictions have been placed, she said.