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Hummelstown in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Square Project History

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
1. Square Project History Marker
Inscription.  The 1997 Square Project is the culmination of nearly 20 years of discussions, studies, and efforts to improve traffic safety and pedestrian amenities at the center of town.

As early as 1950, there were discussions at Borough Council meetings about installing traffic signals for the Square. In 1979, a study commenced by the Borough Planning Commission recommended a traffic signal for the Square. That recommendation was presented in the form of a question on the 1981 May Primary Ballot. The overwhelming majority of voters did not favor the installation of the traffic signal.

A 1985 traffic study performed by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission included as one of its recommendations, installing a traffic light at the Square. In 1988 the Borough conducted a Downtown Revitalization Study. As a result of this study in 1990, Borough Council authorized the proposal for a traffic signal in the Square once again received little support. Among other recommendations, a regional Route 322 Corridor Study completed in 1993 called for a traffic signal at the Square in Hummelstown. During 1993-94, Borough Council continued its plans
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
2. Square Project History Marker
for improvements and authorized funding for the Square Improvement Project.

In 1995, as a result of a fatal accident at the median crossing of Route 322 at the west end of Hummelstown, the local Transportation Advisory Committee recommended that the median be closed, and the State assist in the development and funding of the Square Improvement Project.

By the end of 1996, plans for the Square improvements were completed, with features added to commemorate and interpret the Square's history. The long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony was held April 11, 1997.
 
Erected by Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 15.927′ N, 76° 42.486′ W. Marker is in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on West Main Street west of North Hanover Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West Main Street, Hummelstown PA 17036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hotels of Hummelstown (here, next to this marker); Then And Now (here, next to this marker); The Arch (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Then And Now (here, next to this marker); The Hummelstown Brownstone Company (here, next to this marker); a different
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marker also named Then And Now (within shouting distance of this marker); On The Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Hummelstown (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hummelstown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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