Welcome to the Eisenhower Drive
Extension Project Website
Next Public Open House scheduled for May 9, 2019, from 2:00-7:00 pm at the Southeast Adams Volunteer Emergency Services (S.A.V.E.S) Facility, located in Hanover, PA.
The Eisenhower Drive Extension Project is located in York and Adams Counties. Eisenhower Drive, SR 94 (Carlisle Street), and SR 116 (Hanover Road, West Elm Street, 3rd Street) are main traffic corridors through McSherrystown, Hanover, Conewago Township, and Penn Township. These roadways are heavily congested, do not move traffic as efficiently as needed, and experience higher-than-average crash frequency when compared to similar roadways within the Commonwealth.
This project involves extending Eisenhower Drive through Conewago Township, from where it currently ends at High Street to Hanover Road (SR 116) west of McSherrystown. The design team is considering new alignment alternatives, partial new alignment alternatives, as well as options to improve the existing roadway network.
In 1997, the Hanover Area Transportation Planning Study was presented to PennDOT. This study included several key projects, including a proposal to extend Eisenhower Drive which could help address the growing transportation needs in the area.
Between 2005 and 2007, PennDOT initiated the Eisenhower Drive Extension Project. Initial project efforts included evaluating environmental constraints, existing traffic patterns, and coordination with municipal staff/leaders. The project was put on hold due to funding constraints.
In 2011, Adams County issued the Eisenhower Parkway Study, which was a local planning effort to identify potential new alignments for Eisenhower Drive.
PennDOT re-initiated the project in November 2014 and are moving ahead with the required environmental studies and preliminary design efforts.
The primary purpose of the project is to facilitate safe and efficient travel for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians through the study area. Improvements will reduce congestion, improve safety, accommodate growth, and reduce the impact of truck and commuter traffic on existing roads.
The secondary purpose of the project is to provide a modern roadway that promotes and enhances multi-use alternatives, such as bicycling and walking, within and surrounding the study area.
Study Area Features
Eisenhower Drive and S.R. 116 travel corridors are the main traffic corridors through McSherrystown and Conewago Township, Adams County, and serve as a primary east-west link between Penn Township / Hanover Borough and destinations west of McSherrystown.
SR 116 and SR 94 in McSherrystown and Hanover are congested to the point that they are unable to efficiently move traffic, especially during morning and evening rush hours. In fact, conditions are bad enough that they are labeled “unacceptable” in traffic analyses; characteristic include roads in constant traffic jam, incidents cause significant delays, and unpredictable travel time. Conditions are particularly poor in McSherrystown. As of 2017, S.R. 116 carries 16,100 vehicles per day through the Borough of McSherrystown. The existing two-lane roadway is already near capacity, and traffic volume is expected to grow to 19,200 vehicles per day by 2040. If no improvements are made to the transportation network by then, it will take more than 5 minutes just to turn onto or cross over SR 116 from one of the side streets in McSherrystown.
The crash rates for most roadways in the study area, and particularly along SR 116 and SR 94, are higher than the statewide average rates for similar roadway types. Accidents include rear-end and angled crashes, crashes involving pedestrians, and several crashes resulting in fatalities. Emergency vehicles have a hard time responding to incidents due to the lack of space for cars to move out of the way and disabled vehicles along SR 116 and SR 94 have very few places to move out of the travel lanes due to narrow shoulders, no median, or unrestricted on-street parking.
The study area has various environmental features. Several streams and associated wetlands and floodplains are the main aquatic resources in the project area: South Branch Conewago Creek, Plum Creek, and an Unnamed Tributary to South Branch Conewago Creek. A large portion of the study area consists of productive agricultural lands, including Agricultural Security Areas. There are several historic resources that are listed in, or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, including the Hanover Historic District and several historic farms. A large portion of the project area contains a high probability for historic or pre-historic archaeological resources. The CSX Railroad is located along the east side of the project area with trains running two to three times daily.
Several public and parochial schools are located within the study area. There are no hospitals, but there is one elderly care facility located in the west end of McSherrystown. High-density residential neighborhoods are primarily located in the southern portion of the study area. Additional residential neighborhoods occur within the northern portion of the project area adjacent to agricultural lands. Rabbittransit, the York Adams Transportation Authority, features three main fixed bus routes that serve the Hanover area and run within or adjacent to the project area. There are no established bike routes located within or immediately adjacent to the project area; however, sidewalks are available for pedestrians within McSherrystown and Hanover Boroughs.
Frequently Asked Questions
PennDOT is planning to select a preferred alignment by winter 2018/spring 2019.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2021/2022.
The new roadway will be a controlled access roadway. This type of roadway provides limited or no direct access to adjacent properties and has only a few intersections with local roads. The purpose for this type of roadway is to maintain efficient traffic on the new alignment and limit the number of locations where cars must slow down to exit the roadway or to allow for cars entering the roadway.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) is a document that describes how a specific project can impact the environment. An EA is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when the level of impacts of a project are not fully known. It evaluates impacts to natural resources (such as noise, air quality, agricultural land, threatened and endangered species, wetlands, floodplains, waterways), impacts to cultural resources (including historic and archaeological features), and impacts to socioeconomic resources (such as communities, properties, land use, community facilities, parks and recreational sites). The EA also requires the design team to evaluate and document ways that the alternatives could avoid and minimize impacts to these resources. These include things like shifting an alignment, reducing the footprint in certain areas, or strategically placing intersections or stormwater basins to avoid impacts. An EA, or other type of environmental documentation, is required for all federally funded projects.
There are two possible outcomes of an EA. The first is a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI), which means that the project can move forward into final design. If the EA concludes that the project will have significant impacts, then the project may need to be evaluated in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in which the project undergoes additional studies to evaluate the magnitude of significant impacts.
The design team is conducting a thorough noise analysis, which will conclude whether noise walls or other methods of noise mitigation (such as landscaping) will be required.
The right-of-way process will not begin until an alignment is selected and the project reaches Final Design, currently scheduled for the summer of 2020.
Project updates will be posted to the project website, www.EisenhowerDriveExtension.com as they become available. The public can sign up for emails and submit questions on the website as well. As the project advances, there will be another public open house where the public will have opportunities to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the design team.
If you are interested in learning more about how the project may impact historic and cultural resources, you are invited to become a Section 106 Consulting Party. As part of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106), FHWA and PennDOT work with “consulting parties.” Consultation means “the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of others, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them on how historic properties should be identified, considered, and managed.” Consultation is built upon the exchange of ideas, not simply providing information. Consulting parties include: the State Historic Preservation Officer (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and local governments, as well as other individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the project. For more information about the Section 106 process and/or consulting parties, visit: https://www.paprojectpath.org/section-106.
If you are interested in reviewing the Section 106 studies for the Eisenhower Drive project, visit the project site: https://search.paprojectpath.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectID=46224. To participate as a Consulting Party click “Become Consulting Party” near the top left side of the page.
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