Carlisle Road Diet Implementation

Work is expected to begin on implementation of the Carlisle Borough road diet next month, according to a report made to the Borough Council this week. The traffic calming plan, which CAB supports and helped fund, involves changing the two main thoroughfares in town (Hanover and High Streets) from two narrow travel lanes in each direction to one lane each way.

There will be dedicated left-turn lanes at cross streets and bike lanes as well as more room for maneuvering in and out of parking places. With smart signals and the dedicated left-turn lanes, the engineers project that traffic flow will be at least as good as it is now. Since pedestrians will only have to cross three lanes (one travel lane each direction and the left-turn lane), those of us who walk will be able to cross the street more quickly, reducing the time needed for “walk” signals.

The net result is expected to make Carlisle more pedestrian and bike friendly, result in a more pleasant center-of-town experience, and still provide efficient travel and emergency access through town.

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