New Castle News

May 12, 2014

Shenango Township: New doughnut shop to require turning lane

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Supervisors are planning to add a turning lane on East Washington Street to accommodate traffic for a new Dunkin’ Donuts Store.

They approved a land development plan Thursday for the restaurant, which will be built between Long John Silver’s and the township fire department. Supervisor Chairman Russell Riley said the township is planning to put in the third lane to keep traffic flowing in front of the restaurant. Supervisors said they have concerns about traffic coming off East Washington Street to the store, as well as traffic from the nearby elementary school. PennDOT also will be involved in the discussions because the turning lane will affect traffic coming off Route 65.

The Miller family, which owns two other Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New Castle, hopes to open by Sept.1, Riley said. He added that supervisors are reviewing the plan with engineers and the Lawrence County Planning Department.

Also Thursday, Riley said that some retailers have expressed interest in locating in the Lawrence Village Plaza, but traffic flow on Route 65 is not high enough for some of them. He said the expected extension of water lines to the Castlewood area in two years would help by increasing traffic flow.

Also at the meeting:

• Supervisors announced a planning survey will be mailed to residents in two weeks, asking what type of development they want to see in the township. The survey will be used to help develop a comprehensive plan for the township.The residents will have a month to mail the survey back.

•Police Superintendent Bill Phillips said more arrests are expected in an ongoing investigation in lethal explosive devices used to blow up a number of mailboxes in the township.Two men have already been charged.