Bedford & East Phase II Presentation to be Held

Conceptual Designs for Phase II of Bedford & East Project to be Presented to Neighborhood Group

 On Wednesday, April 10, representatives from Dawood Engineering, along with Borough staff, will attend the East Side Neighbors Association (ESNA) to discuss potential traffic calming measures on Bedford and East Streets. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at Carlisle Alliance Church, 237 East North Street.

The proposed measures are Phase II of the Bedford and East Traffic Calming Project, which aims to enhance safety and calm traffic on both Bedford and East Streets. Phase II includes potential improvements to the intersection where the two corridors meet in the north, near Henderson Street.

Dawood Engineering first presented the conceptual designs to Borough Council at its February Workshop meeting. They provided a “menu” of options, including, but not limited to, curb extensions, raised intersections, chicanes, buffered and protected bike lanes, and bike boxes. The plans also include a potential roundabout where North Bedford and North East Streets intersect. Borough staff then presented the options to attendees during the February ESNA Meeting.

At the April meeting, Dawood will present the proposed options and allow for public feedback. They will then begin working on the final conceptual design, incorporating the feedback they received from Borough Council and the public. Those plans will then be presented to Council, who may consider taking action on the final design. Pending final design approval, construction on this project is not anticipated to begin until after the final phase of the Carlisle Connectivity Project is completed. That project is expected to conclude near the end of 2025.

Phase I of this project was completed in late 2023. It involved safety modifications to the intersection of North Bedford Street, East Penn Street, and Kerrs Avenue. The offset intersection was realigned through the construction of bump-outs along the four corners of the intersection and at the intersection of Kerrs Avenue and East Penn Street. The goal is to enhance pedestrian visibility to motorists, provide shorter crossing lengths for pedestrians, and better guide motorists through the intersection.

Funding for the Bedford and East Traffic Calming Project comes from federal grant money the Borough of Carlisle received through the American Rescue Plan Act. Phase I cost approximately $227,000, while an additional $25,400 was spent on the engineering design contract for Phase II. The cost of the construction of Phase II is dependent on the final design and would need to be included in a future budget.

View the Conceptual Designs:
Parking Protected Concept
Reversed Angle Parking Concept

If you were unable to attend the meeting, but wish to leave feedback, you can use this form. Please return the form to Borough Hall, 53 West Street, or e-mail to Stephanie Taylor at by Friday, April 19.

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