The segment of the road to be re-paved is outlined in red (at top). It’s notorious for accidents; one involved an empty school bus in May 2009 (photo).
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Lane closures are scheduled to occur this week (Monday through Friday, May 15-19, 2017) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on North Pleasant View Road between Foxtail Drive and Sanatoga Road in Lower Pottsgrove, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported. The segment will be paved with what it called high-friction resurfacing material, it said.
The special surface treatment provides “increased friction and grip on pavements in wet and dry conditions,” according to PennDOT. The portion of roadway to be re-paved involves a steep grade and S-shaped curve that over many years has been a notorious site of traffic accidents. Vehicles headed south on Pleasant View occasionally fail to negotiate the curve at the base of the hill, particularly under rainy or icy conditions, and plow into an adjacent vacant field.
The road segment also is located at the southeast corner of the proposed housing community known as Spring Valley Farms, which will have its entrance located on Bleim Road and will abut North Pleasant View. That project of 178 homes, to be built in several phases, has been approved by the township Board of Commissioners and is expected to begin construction later this year.
State highway crews removed road markings at both ends of the Pleasant View curve several weeks ago, township Manager Ed Wagner confirmed, but at the time it was unknown why; now it seems to have been in anticipation of the paving work.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area. The progress of work by general contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA depends on the weather, PennDOT noted.
Three other similar, high-friction paving projects also are to be completed by Eckman this week, according to the agency, in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County; West Vincent Township, Chester County; and Newtown Township, Delaware County. The work is part of a $4.8 million resurfacing project to improve travel and safety on 25 state highways, it said.
Map from Google Images; photo by The Post Publications