Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dixmont Developer Outlines Changes to Route 65 Traffic for Retail Center Plan

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dixmont Developer Outlines Changes to Route 65 Traffic for Retail Center Plan

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Worried residents descended on an open house earlier this month looking for answers about how a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter off Route 65 in Kilbuck would affect traffic.

The developer, ASC Development Inc., of Emsworth, invited the state Department of Transportation and Widmer Engineers to address questions and concerns at the April 14 session in the Kilbuck municipal building.

The $28 million proposed development, named River Pointe Plaza, would be on the site of the former Dixmont State Hospital between Toms Runs Road and Harrington Avenue.

Eric Meyer of Widmer Engineering, the firm hired to do a traffic study for the project, said Route 65 would be widened for northbound and southbound turning lanes into the development.

"There will be 15 to 20 feet of the slope cut back," he said.

Southbound drivers on Route 65 can now make a left turn at the break in the median barrier at Toms Run Road, and drivers on Toms Run can turn either way onto Route 65. If the plan is approved, that will become a thing of the past.

The proposed plan would put the plaza entrance just east of Toms Run on Route 65. That intersection will have a traffic light, and left turns in and out will be possible.

Only right turns would be allowed in and out of Toms Run. Drivers wishing to make left turns into or out of Toms Run would have to use the plaza entrance and a short connecting road between the plaza driveway and Toms Run.

Drivers entering the plaza would have one lane to turn right to head up the winding, mile-long driveway to the plaza and one lane to turn left to the connecting road to Toms Run. Drivers exiting the plaza would have two left-turn lanes to Route 65 South and one right- turn lane to Route 65 North.

The shops themselves would sit 200 feet above Route 65, said Kevin Brett of ASC. The 254,000-square-foot site has space for a Wal- Mart Supercenter and 50,000 square feet of retail shops. …

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