Proposals May Reduce Boulevard Accidents

Drivers traveling south on Armand Hammer Boulevard toward its interchange with U.S. Route 422 encounter its well-marked lanes to guide traffic and avoid accidents

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A traffic study completed by Lower Pottsgrove police over a two-week period during January (2016), and delivered this month to the township Board of Commissioners, offers suggestions to reduce the number of vehicular accidents that occur at the intersection of Armand Hammer Boulevard and Industrial Highway, also known as Yost Road.

The corner at Armand Hammer and Industrial has given both police and motorists alike headaches since last fall. That’s when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation opened the rebuilt east and westbound on-ramps, and eastbound off-ramp, at the Armand Hammer interchange of U.S. Route 422.

  • Drivers turning left from eastbound Industrial to travel north into Pottstown on Armand Hammer have been the victims of several mishaps, the study said, possibly because of traffic light issues.
  • Additionally, it said, drivers moving south on Armand Hammer across Industrial and toward the 422 ramps have been either uninformed or indecisive about which travel lanes to use. That also led to accidents.

The study, completed Jan. 19 by township Traffic Safety Officer Robert Diesinger at the request of Chief Michael Foltz, offers several proposals to solve problems.

One, already called for publicly by Foltz, was the installation by PennDOT of overhead signage on southbound Armand Hammer. It would warn drivers of the need to position their vehicles in its left lane to approach the 422 ramps, or the right lane to turn west onto Industrial. Those signs are still being awaited.

However PennDOT has added pavement markings for the proper lanes in an attempt to guide motorists, as seen in the video above.

Diesinger reported that during the study period he observed 40 violations of lane use, primarily by drivers who moved straight ahead toward 422 from the right, rather than the left, lane.

The report also notes that drivers turning left from Industrial onto Armand Hammer, and from Armand Hammer right onto Industrial, have simultaneous green lights. “This is a huge concern since we have had accidents occur because of this,” Diesinger wrote. He suggested placing a sign next to the green arrow light for the left turn from Industrial, alerting those drivers of their obligation to yield to oncoming traffic.

The study took place in three details of about two hours each. During that time, Diesinger wrote, he watched the movements of 4,195 cars to compile his observations.