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					                           ORCHARD ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING

                                    PROPOSED CLOSURE

                              FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




Lower Macungie Township is currently negotiating with Norfolk Southern Corporation regarding
the downgrading of the Orchard Road railroad crossing to an emergency-only access which will
close the roadway crossing to public use. The document which was prepared by Norfolk
Southern to set forth the terms of the preliminary agreement is entitled “Term Sheet Regarding
Lower Macungie Township’s Proposal for Norfolk Southern Crossing” which document is
scheduled for review by the Board of Commissioners at the meeting on April 7, 2011. The
following Frequently Asked Questions are intended to provide residents with background
information to better understand the proposal:




HAS THE TOWNSHIP SOUGHT INPUT FROM RESIDENTS OF THE HILLS AT LOCK RIDGE?

       Yes. The Township mailed postcards to residents inviting them to attend a public
       informational meeting hosted by the Board of Commissioners and Township Engineer
       that was held on February 22 at the Hills at Lock Ridge Community Center.
       Approximately 50 residents attended the meeting and provided comments and asked
       questions. At the conclusion of the meeting, Commissioners generally received positive
       feedback from residents about closing the railroad crossing. Residents are also being
       mailed postcards notifying them of the Board of Commissioners intent to vote on this
       matter on April 7.


WHY IS THE ORCHARD ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING BEING CLOSED OR DOWNGRADED
TO AN EMERGENCY CROSSING?

       Based on proposed regional roadway improvements in the general area of the crossing
       and along Route 100 as well as discussions with Norfolk Southern, both the Township
       and Norfolk Southern have determined that the grade crossing is unsafe and following
       completion of the roadway improvements, the closure of the crossing will not adversely
       impact traffic circulation in the area.




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WHAT ARE THE REGIONAL ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS?

     The extension of Scenic View Drive from its current terminus to Church Street which will
     provide convenient access for Hills at Lock Ridge and Alburtis residents to three railroad
     crossings, i.e. Church Street, Schoeneck Road and Gehman Road.

     Improvements to Schoeneck Road from Scenic View Drive to Alburtis Road.

     The realignment of Schoeneck Road at Route 100 to provide safe access to and from
     Route 100 via a signalized intersection at a location where safe sight distance is available.

     The realignment of Quarry Road west of Route 100 to align with Sauerkraut Lane on the
     east side of Route 100, including an upgraded signalized intersection with turning lanes.

     The future extension of Sauerkraut Lane across the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks to
     Spring Creek Road which will provide an alternative route for residents in the western
     end of Lower Macungie Township and Borough of Alburtis residents to access the Route
     100 Bypass to the north.


IS SCENIC VIEW DRIVE BEING EXTENDED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE CLOSURE OF THE
ORCHARD ROAD CROSSING?

     No, the extension of Scenic View Drive is included in a residential subdivision in the
     Borough of Alburtis as part of the street system for that project. The construction will be
     accelerated, if necessary, in order to place the roadway extension into service before the
     Orchard Road closure occurs in the event that the residential subdivision project has not
     proceeded to construction.


WHO IS PAYING FOR THE ORCHARD ROAD CLOSURE AND THE OTHER REGIONAL
ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS?

     Jaindl Land Company is obligated to upgrade the Orchard Road railroad crossing and,
     therefore, is responsible for the cost of the roadway closure. The regional roadway
     improvements are being funded through a public-private partnership arrangement
     between various developers/land owners and the Township whereby the Township will
     contribute a nominal amount of monies budgeted for the pavement overlay of a portion
     of Quarry Road which obligation stems from a land development approval five years
     ago. In other words, the major cost burden is being borne by private, not public, funding
     sources.




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WILL THE ROADWAY CLOSURE IMPACT EMERGENCY SERVICES IN THE WESTERN
PORTION OF THE TOWNSHIP, SPECIFICALLY THE HILLS AT LOCK RIDGE DEVELOPMENT?

            No, given the weight limitation on the existing Orchard Road bridge, the severe roadway
            approach grade to the crossing and the current routes used by emergency services
            providers, it has been determined that the road closure will not adversely impact
            response time in the event of an emergency.


IS THERE A SCHEDULE FOR THE ORCHARD ROAD CLOSURE AND THE REGIONAL
ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS?

            Although there is no definite schedule, it is anticipated that the Route 100/Schoeneck
            Road intersection and Sauerkraut Lane realignment projects will be constructed in the
            next 12-24 months. The Orchard Road closure schedule is related to the proposed
            Sauerkraut Lane crossing of the railroad tracks which, in turn, is dependent on future
            land development activity. Given the current development market conditions, there is no
            anticipated timeline for these projects. However, the Route 100/Schoeneck Road
            intersection, the Schoeneck Road improvements and the extension of Scenic View Drive
            will be completed and placed into service before Orchard Road is closed.


WILL THE ORCHARD ROAD CLOSURE HAVE ANY IMPACT ON THE USE OF WHISTLES BY
THE TRAINS?

            No, even though the crossing is being downgraded to an emergency crossing, it will still
            be necessary for trains to blow the whistle at each roadway crossing, including Orchard
            Road.


HOW WILL THE CLOSURE OF ORCHARD ROAD AND THE EXTENSION OF SCENIC VIEW
DRIVE TO CHURCH STREET IMPACT TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE HILLS AT LOCK RIDGE
COMMUNITY?

            Since the ultimate decision as to which route to take for any given destination is solely
            dependent on the perception of the driver, it is difficult to predict what traffic flow
            changes may occur. Following completion of the improvements, the Township will
            monitor traffic through the use of a portable speed limit display and with the assistance
            of the Pennsylvania State Police. However, it is important to recognize that Scenic View
            Drive is a collector roadway which is designed to handle traffic from connected local
            roadways as well as regional through traffic.


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