Harris Township Boal Avenue Road Diet

In 2016, the Small Area Plan identified a possible road diet for Boal Avenue with the goals of improving the functionality of Boal Avenue while balancing the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Specifically, the plan envisioned shrinking the travel lanes on Boal Avenue between the Military Museum and the intersection with Route 45 East to 2 lanes, with a bike lane added on one side of the road.

In 2018, the Township and its traffic engineer, Rob Watts from McCormick Taylor, started the process of completing a feasibility study for the project. The study, which was reviewed by PennDOT, had two phases. The first phase addressed the question of if we could take away one traffic lane on Boal Avenue and still have good traffic flow. The second phase provided plan view illustrations of the Road Diet Concept. The Road Diet was found to be operationally feasible by PennDOT.

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