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Right-On-Red Studied At Ridge And Rupert

SANATOGA PA – A traffic study has been authorized by the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Board of Commissioners to determine if right-on-red turns from the southbound lane of Rupert Road west onto Ridge Pike (East High Street) should be eliminated.

Traffic in the southbound (right) lane of Rupert Road approaches its interestion with Ridge Pike (East High Street).

Traffic in the southbound (right) lane of Rupert Road approaches its interestion with Ridge Pike (East High Street).

The busy intersection serves as one entrance to U.S. Route 422 at the Sanatoga interchange. It also receives heavy traffic with the Turkey Hill convenience store at its northwest corner (3051 E. High St.). But the ability of right-turning Rupert Road drivers to see fast-moving westbound Ridge Pike traffic approach the intersection is hindered by an automotive repair garage and parked vehicles on the northeast corner.

“We’ve sent a crew out and they agree there are bad sight lines there,” township Manager Rodney Hawthorne told commissioners last month. The problem, and its potential for accidents, was brought to Hawthorne’s attention earlier by township resident Patrick McGill of Rivendell Lane. Board members, who occasionally spar with McGill over issues raised during their meetings, thanked him for his observation.

Results of the study, and recommendations for the township, are expected in coming weeks.

Related (from the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 18 meeting):

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