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Complaint Seeks Hause, Welsh Speed Bumps

One request has been made for speed bumps; the township engineer said “they’re not a good thing”

SANATOGA PA – Drivers who speed through the residential area near the intersection of Hause Avenue and Welsh Drive, a short distance east of Coventry Christian Academy on North Pleasant View Road, are prompting concern and complaints from surrounding property owners, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz reported Monday (April 3, 2017). He’s authorized conducting a traffic study there to determine the extent of the problem.

Those who filed the complaint requested heightened enforcement against vehicles that allegedly exceed the speed limit, and also ignore stop signs. That could happen soon, Foltz indicated. At least one resident also requested the installation of speed bumps along the streets, a practice opposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for state-owned highways because it contends those controls often create traffic problems of their own.

Although allowed on local municipal roads, Foltz told the township Board of Commissioners during its Monday night meeting, speed bumps “inhibit emergency responses,” and the chief indicated he prefers to avoid them. The mounds strategically placed across the width of a street are intended to discourage rapid vehicle movement, but “they’re not a good thing,” township engineering representative Scott Exley agreed.

The traffic study is expected to “determine the validity of the complaint,” and if possible recommend “any remediation,” Foltz noted.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ April 3 meeting):

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