SANATOGA PA – Lowering the speed limit to 35 mph across the entire length of Armand Hammer Boulevard, a safety proposal made last month by Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz, has won the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and resulted in action Thursday (July 24, 2014) by the township Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners voted unanimously to advertise their intent to pass an ordinance officially reducing the limit. Discussion on the matter is likely to be on the board’s Aug. 21 agenda, Manager Ed Wagner said.
Foltz wrote to PennDOT’s King of Prussia regional office to seek approval for the change that includes the portions of the highway in both Pottstown and the township. It followed a traffic study conducted earlier this year that showed an increase in reportable accidents (those involving bodily injury or significant vehicle damage) on Armand Hammer, East High Street, Pleasant View Road, and U.S. Route 422.
PennDOT “will be honoring our request,” Foltz happily reported to the board earlier this month. Lower speeds, he said, should “(mitigate) the frequency and severity” of crashes. Pottstown Police Chief Richard Drumheller was aware of and agreed with the proposal, Foltz added.
The speed limit on East High Street was similarly reduced earlier in the year.
The township must buy and erect signs posting the new speed restriction. That purchase won’t be made until the ordinance is approved, according to Wagner.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 24 meeting):
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