Speeding on Rupert Road? Expect ‘Directed Enforcement’
SANATOGA PA – If you’re among those much-discussed U.S. Route 422 commuters who reach its Sanatoga interchange by traveling a speedy east-west route that includes North Charlotte Street, Bliem Road, Pruss Hill Road, and Rupert Road – all in Lower Pottsgrove – township acting police chief Wil James offers two words of advice.
The department has received complaints about vehicle speeding from those who live near and travel on Rupert Road, the leg of the route closest to the interchange, James told the township Board of Commissioners in a report delivered during its Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2020) meeting. They’ve asked for, and will benefit from, a traffic study of the area by department traffic safety specialist Ofc. Scott Bond, he added.
The stretch of Rupert Road, from East High Street north to Pruss Hill Road, is the entrance and exit access for two large residential neighborhoods, Woodgate on its west side and Raven’s Claw on its east. When schools are operating, street corners there can be packed with children and parents awaiting buses. During early morning and late afternoon drive-times, plenty of commuters fill the road. Speeding there has become a problem.
That’s also true along other parts of the corridor. To combat speeders, the department has regularly established enforcement patrols on Pruss Hill Road east of its intersection with North Sanatoga Road; on Bliem Road, and particularly at the hill just before traffic reaches the new Spring Valley Farms neighborhood; and on Bliem further west toward North Charlotte.
Expect the same to happen on Rupert, the acting chief warned. “Directed enforcement will be implemented in an attempt to resolve the issue,” James promised commissioners.