Draft study sug­gests in­ter­sec­tion up­grades

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN >> What are the Pottstown re­gion’s worst in­ter­sec­tions and, per­haps more im­por­tant, what must be done to im­prove them?

Those were the ques­tions faced by the mem­bers of the Pottstown Metropoli­tan Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Dec. 6.

That’s when a draft of a study of nine in­ter­sec­tions by the Delaware Val­ley Re­gional Pan­ning Com­mis­sion was pre­sented.

Next month, the sec­ond half of the study and data on nine more in­ter­sec­tions will be pre­sented.

The nine out­lined were:

• Manatawny Street and Grosstown Road in West Potts­grove;

• Manatawny Str­ret and Sell Road in West Potts­grove;

• Manatawny Street and Glas­gow Street in Pottstown;

• High Street and Moser Road in Pottstown;

• High Street and Ar­mand Ham­mer Boule­vard in Pottstown;

• Ar­mand Ham­mer Boule­vard and Med­i­cal Drive in Lower Potts­grove;

• Ar­mand Ham­mer Boule­vard and In­dus­trial High­way in Lower Potts­grove;

• Vaughn Road and route 724 in East Coven­try

• Hof­fecker Road and Route 100 in North Coven­try.

Each in­ter­sec­tion was out­lined for traf­fic vol­ume and safety, along with pro­jec­tions for fu­ture traf­fic load.

Sur­pris­ingly, sev­eral of the in­ter­sec­tions were forecast to ac­tu­ally have less traf­fic in 2020 or 2025 be­cause plan­ners an­tic­i­pate fu­ture build­ing will con­vince driv­ers to take dif­fer­ent routes.

The meet­ing was also an op­por­tu­nity to gather more in­for­ma­tion.

For ex­am­ple as DVRPC Plan­ner Kathleen Whi­taker out­lined the prob­lems with the in­ter­sec­tion of Hof­fecker Road and route 100, she be­came aware — thanks to in­put from North Coven­try Su­per­vi­sors Chair­man Jim Marks — that the town­ship had just re­ceived a sketch plan for a pro­posed 200-plus apart­ment com­plex near that cor­ner, mak­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion for a traf­fic sig­nal all the more im­per­a­tive.

Once the sec­ond half of the study is pre­sented in Jan­uary, the DVRPC will take the in­put back to cre­ate a fi­nal re­port, due in June, which each of the eight mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that are part of the re­gional plan­ning com­mis­sion can use to rec­om­mend up­grades at those in­ter­sec­tions.

The re­port was funded en­tirely by a $65,000 al­lo­ca­tion DVRPC made to the re­gion.

Af­ter June, an­other al­lo­ca­tion is avail­able and Whi­taker out­lined some other ar­eas that might be stud­ied at no cost to lo­cal tax­pay­ers.

Whi­taker says pos­si­bil­i­ties in­clude a study of High Street cor­ri­dor traf­fic to cre­ate a model for down­town Pottstown; a school trans­porta­tion study for the re­gion; a Route 663 study from Maugers Mill Road to Route 73; 10 to 15 more in­ter­sec­tions; a look at restor­ing re­gional rail; or ways to make bet­ter con­nec­tions between ad­ja­cent hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

This ar­ti­cle first ap­peared as a post in The Dig­i­tal Note­book blog.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The traf­fic study’s rec­om­men­da­tions for the in­ter­sec­tion of In­dus­trial High­way and Ar­mand Ham­mer Boule­vard are shown here.

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