That's how one Providence Township resident describes PennDOT's plan to change traffic patterns on a 3.5 mile stretch of Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272).
Township officials agree.
"We think this is not a good thing," Township Manager Vicki Eldridge said last week.
That portion of the highway has two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes with a divider between the northbound and southbound lanes.
The plan would keep traffic from crossing Rt. 272 or making left turns at both Pennsy Rd. and Byerland Church Rd. Instead, traffic would turn right, travel Rt. 272 to a crossover or jug handle, turn left, and take Rt. 272 back to the intersection where it could turn right.
That's what concerns Mt. Hope School Rd. resident Daniel Glick.
"[The change] is going to create a confusing situation for all every time there is a horse and buggy involved," he wrote. "Because we travel on the berm at eight to 10 miles per hour and for us to merge across two lanes of 55 to 60 mph traffic to make a left turn will be a nightmare." People driving carriages would have to cross both lanes of traffic two times, one to get to the left lane to reach a crossover and a second time to go from the crossover to the right lane.
Glick said he offered to take PennDOT officials on a carriage ride to show them how dangerous the plan is. PennDOT did not take him up on the offer.
Township officials agree with Glick's assessment of the plan.
"We are very disgruntled with PennDOT's decision," Eldridge said. The township and PennDOT have been working on plans to improve safety on that stretch of the busy highway since 2014. According to PennDOT's 2017 traffic count, that stretch of Rt. 272 sees an average of 20,000 vehicles a day.
The township opposed a state plan to install traffic circles, roundabouts, at the intersections of Rt. 272 at Pennsy Rd. and Rt. 272 at Byerland Church Rd. PennDOT is unwilling to install traffic lights at the two intersections, saying the crossroads do not meet requirements for traffic lights.
"We were never given the reasons that PennDOT will not install a traffic light," township supervisor C. William Shaffer said.
Now PennDOT is going to proceed with a plan to change traffic patterns between Mt. Airy Rd. on the south to Herrville Rd. on the north. The change would put up barriers to keep traffic from crossing Rt. 272 at the Pennsy Rd. and the Byerland Church Rd. intersections. Nor would traffic be allowed to turn left onto Rt. 272 at either intersection. Instead, all traffic from either side road would have to turn right at the intersection, travel on Rt. 272 to a crossover. At the crossover, called a jug handle, the traffic would merge onto the lanes that would take them back to the intersection. There they could turn right to continue on either Pennsy Rd. or Byerland Church Rd.
That would slow the response of fire apparatus and ambulances, PennDOT was told. So the plan was modified so the medians at both intersections would be blocked by low concrete barriers and flexible posts, making it possible for emergency vehicles to get across Rt. 272.
Township officials say PennDOT will put the project out to bid this month, award the bids on November 7, and tell the winning contractor to proceed before the end of the year. The project will cost about $6.9 million to complete, Eldridge said.
"We've been told that, to get federal funds for the project, immediate action must be taken," Shaffer said.
An email was sent to PennDOT's District 8 spokesman on Wednesday, October 2. By 9 a.m. Monday, October 7, PennDOT has not sent any information about the project.