Knox's Main Street is shaping up

Crosswalks and paving are expected to be completed soon in Knox and that means the center line along Main Street will likely be moved back to its previous location. The temporary placement has many drivers crossing over the line to avoid the tail ends of diagonally parked vehicles.

KNOX - The street work in Knox Borough should start to wind down soon and yes, the centerline along Main Street will be moved back to where it used to be.

Knox Borough Council President Jack Bish Jr. said last week the handicapped-accessible street curbs should be installed soon, clearing the way for the three crosswalks to be established and for the final layer of paving to be laid down.

And, that double yellow stripe down the middle of Main Street will be moved back to where it used to be.

The temporary double yellow lines are "technically" centered but are more toward the diagonal parking side of the street than they used to be. If a longer-style pick-up truck or SUV uses the diagonal parking spaces, the rear of the vehicle extends into the street so far vehicles cannot pass by without crossing over the center line.

Painted crosswalks will be established at East Railroad Street and State Route 208; East Penn and West Penn at State Route 208 and at Dennison Street and State Route 208 near Shea Lumber.

Bish said PennDOT regulations do not allow crosswalks to end at non-handicapped accessible steps such as those in front of The Pizza Shop and Larry Lewis' barbershop.

Speaking on Aug. 6, Bish told the CLARION NEWS he was not sure when the handicap-accessible curb work will begin, but noted all the "one call" work has been completed, clearing the way for the work begin.

Bish said the completed project will allow for handicapped access all along Main Street.

IA Construction the primary contractor for the project, which is a PennDOT endeavor.

When the curbs and paving are completed, IA will also repaint all of the borough's Main Street parking spaces lines.

Bish updated borough council members on the project at council's Aug. 2 meeting.

In other business at the council meeting:

4Council agreed to send police chief Jason Bowen and police officer Nicole Peck to a one-day training session in Bucks County entitled Pennsylvania Public Records Management.

The course provides instruction on what is and isn't a public record, how records access requests are handled and proper records destruction procedures.

The cost of the training for both officers is $400.

4Mayor Rich Cochran announced the borough tax collector will be at the borough office from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Dec. 28 to accept real estate tax payments.

4Council member and public safety committee chairman Carl Salser said the borough second police vehicle has been "pulled out of moth balls," checked over and returned to service as the borough now has two full-time officers on duty.

4Council member Linda Runyan noted Horsethief Days sponsor banners have been posted at SMILES Park as a way to thank those businesses and groups for their continues support despite the cancelation of the 2020 festival.