The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 28, 2013

Oh Joy! Motorists to get relief from truck traffic

HERMITAGE — Hermitage commissioners gave their blessing to a plan to make truck access to Joy Cone Co. easier by agreeing to buy a small piece of land and then giving it to PennDOT.

Joy Cone, 3435 Lamor Road, received a state Regional Capital Assistance Grant for just under $1 million for the bulk of the project, moving the company’s main entrance on Lamor slightly east, and building a new entrance on Valley View Road that will not be open to big trucks, said city and company officials.

The projects are designed to make the Joy Cone property and the Lamor Road area safer and ease some of the traffic congestion in front of the plant and at Lamor and North Hermitage roads, said Joy Cone Facility Manager Greg Ceremuga.

As part of the project, Joy Cone will pay to increase the turning radius on the southeast corner of Lamor and North Hermitage. In support of that project, the city is buying property of two-hundreths of an acre from McGonigle Investments for $6,700.

Commissioners approved the deal Wednesday, and introduced an ordinance to sell the property to PennDOT – both roads are state roads – for $1. A public hearing and final vote on the sale was set for July.

Once the work at Lamor and North Hermitage is complete, trucks will have an easier time making the swing onto Lamor, cutting some of the traffic congestion caused by wide swings.

“This clearly isn’t the end-all, long-term solution to some of the issues there,” said City Manager Gary P. Hinkson. “This will help.”

The volume of traffic on the roads, along with the short distance between the Valley View Road-Lamor and Hermitage-Lamor intersections, causes traffic backups and conflicts, city officials have said.

One of the long-term solutions officials had eyed was eliminating the Valley View-Lamor intersection and building a connection between Valley View and North Hermitage. That plan has been shelved for the time being due to an inability to buy sufficient land for the connection, Hinkson said.

Ceremuga said sugar cone production is at the north end of the plant, and those employees must pass through the truck loading dock to get to the north parking lot. With the new Valley View entrance, employees will be able to bypass truck traffic altogether, he said.

The main entrance also is “pinch point” where trucks, cars and employees walking to and from their cars converge, particularly at shift change, Ceremuga said.

The grant requires a match, but Joy Cone met that with its 210,000-square-foot addition undertaken in 2010. The plant put in new bulk flour handling, batter- and dust-collections systems, cake ovens and air compressors.

Kirila Contractors Inc., Brookfield, has been hired with work expected to begin Aug. 1 and take about three months to complete. On site, the Valley View connection will be made first and then work will begin at the main entrance. Ceremuga said he expects there will be little if any effect on motorists on Valley View or Lamor during construction.

Text Only
Local News
  • To talk – or not – about police

    The mysterious agenda item, “No. 10,” at Farrell’s council meeting Monday became the center of a heated workshop and business session.

    July 29, 2014

  • Community thanks its first-responders

    Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

    July 28, 2014

  • Drilling boom challenges state inspectors

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kidds Mill Covered Bridge A span of time

    Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Intruder hurts woman, takes $5

    A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.

    July 27, 2014

  • national night out March against crime set for Aug. 5

    At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.

    Farrell topped out at 819.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • high street trail Peaceful pathways

    History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • balloonquest1 Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years

    Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from July 26, 2014

    Man faces bomb threat charges

    June building tops $4 million in Hermitage

    July 26, 2014

  • Elderly man survives plane crash

    An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014

  • Schell working on mural Drawn to Mexico

    Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.

    Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.

    Additional details to follow.

    July 25, 2014

  • Firm will study timing of traffic signals

    Hermitage commissioners on Wednesday hired Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP to study the timing scheme of traffic signals along parts of Hermitage Road and East State Street.

    July 25, 2014