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Over the past several months, local officials, PennDOT, and transportation planners/engineers have identified and vetted a series of alternatives to improve known congestion and safety issues within the study area in the near and long term. The improvements are organized around three geographic areas:
  • Downtown St. Marys
  • Maurus Street (PA 255)
  • Brussells Street to Airport Connector
Please take a few minutes to learn more about the proposed alternatives and offer any feedback you may have.

Downtown St. Marys - Diamond Area Improvements
Phase 1: PA 120 (State Street) Connector

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Downtown St. Marys - Phase 1: PA 120 (State Street) Connector features a new alignment of PA 120 between PA 255 to Brusselles Street. The new road would serve as a bypass route for east-west traffic and would minimize existing conflict points while improving street system efficiency. One significant challenge with this improvement is right-of-way and property impacts where the new road would be constructed. Phase 1 also does not solve the Diamond's inherent traffic control and pedestrian accessibility issues and its ultimate benefit is contingent upon improved access to the Airport from Brusselles Street (PA 120), which is reviewed in more detail below.
Phase 2: Diamond Conversion, Option 1 (St. Marys Street Two-way Conversion)

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Downtown St. Marys - Phase 2: Diamond Conversion, Option 1 would convert S. St. Marys Street into a two-way corridor while simultaneously eliminating through traffic on the S. Michael Street side of the Diamond. This option would reduce existing vehicular conflict points and pedestrian crossings around the Diamond. It would also lessen the impacts of tractor trailer traffic on the downtown. This option would improve access to ATA's transit facility on Depot Street. However, pedestrian crossing lengths would increase and there are potential right-of-way and property acquisition impacts that would result from the implementation of this improvement.
Phase 2: Diamond Conversion, Option 2 (Modified Roundabout)

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Downtown St. Marys - Phase 2: Diamond Conversion, Option 2 would transform the existing Diamond configuration to function similarly to a modern-day roundabout where entering motorists would yield to those that are circulating. This option would provide shorter pedestrian crossings at intuitive locations. Additional greenspace would be a positive outcome from this improvement and the new configuration would allow for improved access to ATA's transit facility on Depot Street. There are potential concerns with this option, including community acclimation to the new traffic pattern and design feasibility.

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* 1. The Multimodal Planning Study recommends that the Phase 1: PA 120 (State Street) Connector be completed prior to any significant changes to the Diamond. However, the City of St. Marys is interested in learning about your preferences on which of the Diamond Conversion options is most favorable to you. Please select your preference from the list below.

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* 2. How would you rate Phase 1: PA 120 (State Street) Connector  as an option for improving traffic and safety?

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* 3. How would you rate Phase 2: Diamond Conversion, Option 1 (St. Marys Street Two-way Conversion) as an option for improving traffic and safety?

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* 4. How would you rate Phase 3: Diamond Conversion, Option 2 (Modified Roundabout) as an option for improving traffic and safety?

Maurus Street (PA 255) - Proposed Improvements
Maurus Street (PA 255) was identified as a corridor in need of traffic calming and increased pedestrian accommodations, due to the presence of Elk County Catholic High School and Penn Highlands Healthcare. The following improvements, listed below in priority order, were identified as part of the Multimodal Planning Study:
  • Step 1: Establish consistent posted speed limit
  • Step 2: Enhance pedestrian crossing facilities
    • Reduce marked crosswalks to minimize vehicular conflicts
    • Install marked crosswalk signage
    • Stripe edge lines to reduce travel lanes
  • Step 3: Establish 15 MPH School Zone
    • Remove school area wig-wags (e.g., alternative flashing lights)
  • Step 4: Improve visibility of pedestrian crossing facilities
    • Install Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) at marked crosswalks
    • Install bulb outs for priority crosswalks

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* 5. How would you rate the recommended improvements for Traffic Calming along Maurus Street (PA 255) as an option for improving traffic and safety?

Brusselles to Airport Connector - Proposed Improvements

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* 6. How would you rate the recommended improvements for Truck Access from Brusselles Street to Airport Connector as an option for improving traffic and safety?

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* 7. Would you be in favor of extending the West Creek Recreational Trail from its current western terminus at Wilson Road to downtown St. Marys?

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* 8. Are there any other recommendations or thoughts for consideration to be included in the St. Marys Multimodal Planning Study?

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* 9. Which municipality do you live in?

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