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Rupert Now No-Right-On-Red

No longer a right-on-red turn.

No longer a right-on-red turn.

SANATOGA PA – Motorists beware. It’s now against the law to turn right (west) on a red light from the southbound lane of Rupert Road at its intersection with Ridge Pike (East High Street), near the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422. A new traffic control – specifically, a sign denying the turn – was installed there earlier this month.

Patrick McGill of Rivendell Lane, who last December suggested Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township look into limiting right turns at the corner, due to the potential for accidents, was among the first to notice. He thanked the township Board of Commissioners and Manager Rodney Hawthorne for their action on the matter during the board’s meeting last Thursday (March 19, 2009).

The ability of southbound, 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. Commissioners authorized a traffic study four months ago to determine if the right-on-red turns should be eliminated.

The busy intersection receives heavy traffic with the Turkey Hill convenience store at its northwest corner (3051 E. High St.), and also serves as an entrance to 422 at the interchange.


Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ March 19, 2009, meeting):

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