POTTSTOWN PA – With one exception, traffic seems to be moving more smoothly at the intersection of Armand Hammer Boulevard and Industrial Highway after a new light signal was added and the timing of all traffic lights adjusted, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz says.
Trucks leaving the Tri-County Commerce Park – the former Firestone and Occidental Chemical manufacturing plant property at the intersection, which has become a successful warehouse and storage facility – now benefit from a left-turn arrow that gives their drivers faster access to the nearby on-ramps for U.S. Route 422.
The lighted arrow’s addition, and the control reconfiguration, both were necessary because of growing bottlenecks there, according to the chief. Trucks trying to enter 422 from the commerce park had too little time to make the turn, and consequently blocked southbound vehicles on Armand Hammer and those eastbound on Industrial. The changes resulted in “notable improvement,” according to Foltz.
There is a trade-off, he acknowledged, on weekday afternoons during rush hour. That’s when traffic from the eastbound exit ramp of 422 onto Industrial occasionally gets backed up.
Even that inconvenience is temporary, the chief said. The new controls will be removed, and the lights reconfigured again, once reconstruction of the 422 on- and off-ramps is complete.