In response to an outpouring of constructive public comment from concerned citizens regarding the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study, Derry Township is extending the period for feedback for an additional thirty days. Residents now have until Tuesday, September 8, 2020 to submit questions, comments or recommendations.

The Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study DRAFT is available for public review at the following location: https://www.hrg-inc.com/greater-hershey-area-study/. You may also listen to Eric Stump from HRG as he steps through the report at the July 28 Board of Supervisors meeting on this matter. https://youtu.be/LSlzfvkFQi0

Any comments or questions on the report, recommendations, maps or exhibits should be directed to Alyx Gallagher, HRG, via email at agallagher@hrg-inc.com. Upon receipt of comments, HRG will evaluate them, update the plan as required, and distribute a final report by the end of September.

This project was undertaken in the summer of 2018 in an effort to identify future transportation improvements that may be necessary to accommodate projected growth and development in the greater Hershey area. Geographically, the study considers all of Derry Township and Hummelstown Borough, along with portions of Londonderry Township. The study involved the analysis of existing conditions, planned development, and projected growth to identify impacts to the transportation system. It includes in a capital improvement plan identifying recommended transportation improvements and costs, suggested updates to the Derry Township Official Map, and information to be included in project statements for major regional improvements to submit to Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS) for inclusion on the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP.)

The project was largely funded through a PennDOT Connects Planning grant, administered through Tri County Regional Planning Commission and HATS. The PennDOT Connects effort involves coordinating land use planning with transportation planning so that one is not being considered without the other. The Greater Hershey planning process has involved discussions with various stakeholders to ensure that the plan considers transportation needs and circulation patterns in relation to projected growth and development.

In general, transportation improvements can take many years to plan, design, fund, and construct. Having a good plan in place and identifying necessary improvements is the first step to defining a project and seeking funding.

Thank you. We appreciate your feedback and comments!