The purpose of this study was to address traffic congestion and safety issues along the primary north-south corridor known as Memorial Highway (PA 309/PA 415), which traverses through the municipalities of Kingston Township, Dallas Borough and Dallas Township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. This study was commissioned by PennDOT District 4-0, and performed by a consulting team lead by McMahon. This study focuses on short-term and long-term recommendations to address existing and anticipated traffic congestion, mobility and safety issues along the Memorial Highway (PA 309/PA 415) corridor in a comprehensive and integrated manner. Potential roadway improvements were evaluated to determine the most feasible recommendations given the competing objectives associated with improving mobility and safety, while addressing access to/from various commercial businesses and offices located along the corridor.
The recommended improvements, which include short-term improvements (give-year time-frame) to long-term improvements (six to twenty year time frame) encompass roadway geometry, traffic signal systems and other traffic control devices, as well as access management.
The study's findings, conclusions, and recommendations ware intended to be utilized by PennDOT, the regional planning organization (Lackawanna/Luzerne Metropolitan Planning Organization) in conjunction with the local planning organization (Back Mountain Area Council of Governments, which also includes Lehman Township)., and the three municipalities to guide their efforts to prioritize, fund and implement these improvements as part of the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan and the State's Transportation Improvement Program.