PA road widening to affect LH & turnpike markers

LHA member Bill Spoon called to say the Lincoln Highway is being widened between Gettysburg and New Oxford, Pennsylvania. He worried about a couple markers by the roadside – one a LHA 1928 concrete post, and one a c. 1820 turnpike marker incised with mileages to Gettysburg, York, and Philadelphia.

LHA state director Mindy Crawford contacted the state; Steven A. Moore, Senior Project Manager
for PennDOT Engineering District 8-0, reported back that both are scheduled to be removed, stored, and replaced according to these specifications:

DESCRIPTION – This work is the removing and resetting of existing historic concrete markers.
CONSTRUCTION – Survey and record the existing marker location. Remove marker prior to the start of construction and store in a secure location. Reset marker near the original location as directed after adjacent construction is complete. Care should be taken to avoid damage to the existing markers during removal, storage, and resetting.

It’s good to see highway departments becoming aware of historic resources related to roads themselves.

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2 Responses to “PA road widening to affect LH & turnpike markers”

  1. Diane Says:

    I’m so glad to see that the markers won’t be destroyed during removal and care will be taken to see that they are put back “close” to their original homes. I met Mindy in Wyoming and she’s doing a good job. Way to go, Mindy! You too — Brian!

  2. dinerhotline Says:

    Yes, yes, yes! A state bureaocracy that knows the right thing to do.

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