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Ligonier council OKs longer lane for YMCA

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By Jewels Phraner
Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:07 p.m.

To combat traffic “chaos” in front of the Ligonier Valley YMCA on Church Street, Ligonier Borough Council has approved extending the Y's drop-off lane.

Some officials were hesitant to approve the $18,000 project when they met Thursday night.

“Personally, I think you get what you have under control before you get more,” Councilwoman Kim Shaffer said.

Councilman Bob Bell said he witnessed major congestion along Church Street as buses tried to navigate through cars illegally parked in the drop-off lane and on the street earlier on Thursday.

He told Y staff attending the meeting: “Nothing could go up or down that street. I would like you people to get out and police that on your own, instead of relying on our police department to do it for you.”

Wright said extending the drop-off lane offers the best solution. “We were asked to address the challenge of congestion. That's what we're trying to do here,” Wright said.

After some discussion, council unanimously approved the request.

Councilman Tom Freeman said the project would help alleviate congestion.

The Y “should be commended for bringing so many members and so many people into Ligonier. It's a good project,” he said.

Wright said construction on the project will start as soon as possible.

Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or

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