Wilson College Preparing for Aesthetics, Safety Improvements

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College and elected officials from the Chambersburg area on Thursday celebrated the state funding that will lead to sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and crosswalks on U.S. 11.

The college’s streetscape project totaling $465,000 will occur next year as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation paves U.S. 11 in the borough of Chambersburg.

“It really allows us to re-create our front door to the college,” Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick said.

Mistick, Chambersburg Borough Council President Allen Coffman and state Sen. Richard Alloway II offered remarks Thursday to commemorate funding secured through the state’s transportation bill passed in 2013.

The project will include more than 3,000 feet of curbs and sidewalks — an amount that matches all of the work done in the borough in a typical year, Coffman said.

The initiative will lead to the closure of the Wilson College entrance flanked by pillars. Utility lines will be buried underground, and the intersection of Park Avenue and U.S. 11 will be upgraded for pedestrian safety.

“Funding our roads, bridges, our (pedestrian) safety and sidewalks — that’s a core function of government,” said Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York.

Alloway said he wants to be part of Wilson College’s growth as an educational leader. He said students’ safety in the downtown campus and aesthetics are part of that.
“With anything, first impressions make such a mark on you,” he said.

Jennifer Fitch is a reporter for The Herald-Mail. She can be reached via email at jenniferf@herald-mail.com.