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Gettysburg Will Try to Slow Traffic Entering the Borough on Baltimore Street

Responding to a deadly crash on Baltimore St. last week, the Gettysburg Borough Council is considering ways to slow down traffic as it enters the borough on Baltimore St.

“Even here on Chambersburg St. when people come into town they drive way too fast,” said borough council president Jake Schindel.

Police chief Robert Glenny said excessive speed was a factor in the crash which led to the death of the driver, the displacements of residents and businesses, and the razing of the building at 531 Baltimore St.

Saying there was no indication of an avoidance maneuver, Glenny said the driver “just didn’t make the curve.”

[Gettysburg Connection]

Glenny said there has not been an announcement about the identity of the deceased driver. The county coroner’s office is still conducting DNA testing.

Council member Patti Lawson asked if there might be a way to highlight the curve more fully.

Borough Engineer Chad Clabaugh said the state road was maintained and marked by PennDot and that the signage was currently compliant with state codes. The borough said there had been “chevron” markers at the curve but they are not in place now because they were removed during the demolition of the property.

Clabaugh said the curve on Baltimore St. has long been a danger and the issue was being addressed in the Baltimore Street Master Plan. “We need to slow down traffic coming into town.  This isn’t the first time there’s been an accident there,” Said Clabaugh.

Clabaugh said large brick barricades had been placed at the curve prior to the accident because of the potential danger. “I believe those were well-positioned because I feel like they saved the lives of the people in that building. That’s why it didn’t go through the wall of the building where people ae living,” said Clabaugh.

Glenny suggested a radar speedboard in the area might be appropriate.

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  • Ask the township to lower the speed limit to 25 mph before the pike usually summer traffic is heavy in that area anyway.

  • I live a few doors down from the curve on Baltimore. Unfortunately, the accident and fire didn’t surprise me. Vehicles move at a high rate of speed in both directions. Just crossing the street is a challenge.I am optimistic and happy the Borough is looking to address the situation.

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