Public Input Summary

Thank you to those who recently provided feedback on the final phase of the I-81 Improvement Strategy, Concepts Development. Overall, more than 1,700 comments were shared. The project team is currently in the process of reviewing the feedback and incorporating it into the final playbook. Check back soon for an update or join the mailing list for a direct notification of when it is finalized. Recordings of the December 2021 public meetings are still available for review below.

In the meantime, please explore the feedback gathered during the Needs Assessment & Prioritization phase.

Needs Assessment & Prioritization | Phase 1

Key Issues Identified

The first phase in developing the I-81 Improvement Strategy was to assess the existing transportation needs which included: highway safety, mobility, land use and access, and highway infrastructure (conditions). Those key issues were used to identify and develop a list of prioritized focus areas. Below is a summary of the key issue identified:

  • Precarious, unsafe and congested merge points
  • Rapid lane changes
  • Limited truck parking areas
  • Short entrance and exit ramps
  • Ineffective detours and incident management
  • Speed differentials caused by speed limit changes, slower trucks passing in the left lane, and merge points with slower moving entering vehicles
  • Road maintenance during peak hours, which causes congestion
  • Poor partnership and planning-concerned decisions on new developments
  • Accessibility of nearby military installations
  • Insufficient investment in transportation infrastructure
  • Absence of resources for commuters such as adequate transit facilities and ride shares
  • Negative long-term impacts from rapid development
  • Poor pavement conditions
  • Stormwater management
  • Recruiting/Retaining Truck Drivers – Hindered by federal regulations; wages not keeping pace with required enforcement resulting in lost income
  • Overweight Commercial Vehicle Permits – Differs by state, resulting in separate compliance requirements

Public & Stakeholder Engagement

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Total Comments Received
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Total Public Surveys Completed
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Online Meeting Room


Total Online Public Meeting Room Visits
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Emergency Service Providers


Emergency Service Providers Reached
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Total Municipalities Reached
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New Developments


Potential New Developments
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Legislative Briefing Recording
June 17, 2021

Concept Development | Phase 2

Public Meeting Recordings

Public feedback regarding the conceptual improvement options was collected during an open public comment period that included two virtual public meetings from December 14 to January 28. The public comment period had over 250 participants and over 1,300 responses. Below are recordings of the public meetings. A more detailed summary of the feedback gathered will be shared soon.

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Carlisle & Chambersburg Focus Area Public Meeting Recording
December 14, 2021

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Harrisburg & Rural Dauphin/Lebanon Focus Area Public Meeting Recording
December 15, 2021

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Legislative Briefing Recording
February 2, 2022

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