here's what we asked
how would you improve the roads
Recently, we asked you what you love about Lancaster County, and what you want to make better.
You said that you have issues with the county's road network -
especially the corridors just outside Lancaster City.
So we asked you - why?
here's what you told us
Improve signals, widen the road, rework the lanes (47%)
Add or improve sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus shelters (21%)
Improve appearance (bring buildings closer to the street, bury overhead wires, etc.) (11%)
Traffic and congestion (49%)
Difficult or unsafe to walk, bike, or catch the bus (25%)
Unattractive (bad building design, too much pavement,
overhead wires, etc.) (18%)
here's the reality
Constructing new highways and adding more lanes doesn't ease congestion - it can actually make it worse.
Roads are expensive, and we have limited money and land available to build or expand them.
For example, a new Route 30 Southern Expressway Relocation would cost $583 million. As it is, over 90% of current transportation funding goes towards system preservation (maintenance of bridges and highways). Where would this additional money come from? Is this the best use of our land?
As our county's population continues to grow, traffic will worsen if we don't try alternatives.
For example, it is estimated that driving on Lititz Pike will take an extra two minutes per mile in 2040. If we want to avoid that, we need to find more efficient ways to travel other than driving alone. Alternatives include walking, biking, and taking public transportation.
Suburban growth has exacerbated traffic congestion by spreading out development.
When the places you travel most frequently are far away, it makes it difficult to travel there without a car. Even walking short distances is often unsafe due to a lack of sidewalks. While sometimes more distant suburban or rural areas might offer a more affordable cost of living, savings are often offset by higher transportation costs due to longer commutes to work, school, and other destinations. In Lancaster County, the average person spends 23% of their income on transportation.
here's what we can do about it
Consider your commute and transportation options when deciding where to live and work; consider living in walkable communities.
For short trips, try walking, biking, or taking public transportation.
Support public efforts for walkability and bikability.
Carpool with friends or coworkers.
In existing communities (city, boroughs, villages), redevelop underutilized places through infill and adaptive reuse.
By reimagining existing structures for new purposes, we can make use of what we already have and redirect growth that would otherwise encroach on our landscape.
Create more compact and interconnected places.
Locating housing, jobs, and amenities near each other reduces the need to drive and decreases the number of cars on the road.
Invest in bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Support complete streets policies to make more roads safe to travel for bikers, walkers, and other forms of transportation besides cars. By making other options more viable, we can reduce traffic congestion. It can even work in rural areas! Conducting walk audits is a great first step to determine a baseline for improvement of walkability in your community.
Offer incentive programs for living close to work or using transportation alternatives. Great local examples include:
Allow flexible schedules to avoid rush hour traffic or working remotely to reduce unnecessary commutes.
Learn how to become a bicycle-friendly business.
LCPC (COUNTY GOVernment)
Improve signalization of traffic lights and convert some lanes to turning lanes to mitigate delays. Check out our 2016 congestion management process to learn more.
Work with the local transit authorities like RRTA and Amtrak to make public transit a more viable option.
Support smart growth transportation efforts.