High School Speed Limit Sign’s Movement Delayed

High School Speed Limit Sign's Movement Delayed

The flashing sign in the background warns of a Pottsgrove High School speed zone on Kauffman Road. It would be moved 70 feet closer to Buchert Road (indicated by orange lines) in a request from Lower Pottsgrove Township

SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove officials have delayed the township’s request to the state to move a flashing sign, which warns of a reduced speed limit on Kauffman Road near Pottsgrove High School, until they can talk with a home owner whose property would be affected.

During its meeting last Thursday (March 20, 2014), the township Board of Commissioners held off on approving an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to relocate the speed limit sign that faces the northbound lane of Kauffman. It now stands between Buchert Road and Cindy Drive, about 225 feet south of the school’s southern traffic entrance; that’s the driveway closest to the open patio surrounded by a much-discussed crumbling brick wall.

The sign warns drivers that a 15-mile-an-hour speed limit is in effect on Kauffman during school hours. A similar sign on the road’s southbound side, located 105 feet north of the school’s northern traffic entrance, would remain unchanged.

Although renovation and expansion of the high school is still being debated by the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors, the township already anticipates the project will include the addition of a new gymnasium, Manager Ed Wagner explained. Because the wheels of bureaucracy sometime turn slowly, the township is seeking PennDOT’s permission far in advance to move the sign further south and closer to Buchert to accommodate an accompanying new driveway.

Moving the pole-supported sign an additional 70 feet means that it may affect the view from a home adjacent to the new location. Commissioners suggested Wagner talk with the home owners as a courtesy and at least notify them of what was being considered. That should be accomplished before the board’s next scheduled meeting on April 7 (Monday).

The township owns, operates and maintains the sign, but the state vehicle code requires PennDOT authorization before such signs can be erected or modified.

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Photo from Lower Pottsgrove Township