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By ROBIN DODSON
Correspondent 

Taylor Township Supervisors Review Multiple Speed Limit Requests

 

April 18, 2019



Lead Taylor Township road worker Tim Laird told the supervisors on April 1 that the North Woodbury police have asked why there are no speed limit signs on Frederick Road.

The residents and businesses are concerned with the speed of traffic on the road, he said.

Laird told the supervisors of the results of a Safe Running Speed Study the township crew did showing that the speed should be reduced to 35 mph and reducing to 25 mph from Nicodemus Street through the farm to State Route 164.

With no signage on a roadway, the legal speed in Pennsylvania is set by default at 55 mph.

Supervisor William Replogle said he thought that 25 mph was “extreme.” The board decided to table the decision until supervisors could take a drive and inspect it themselves.

Supervisor Joe Dilling said that the request to PennDOT for a speed study on the intersection at Cross Cove Road and Woodbury Pike determined that the speed limit did not need to be reduced and that PennDOT was keeping the limit at 55 mph. The township had asked the state to consider lowering the speed limit to improve the safety of drivers.

Dilling presented an Altoona Mirror article that showcased bad intersections with numerous accidents and deaths that included this intersection. The township was hoping to at least slow people down for now while looking into getting a traffic signal to replace the “blinking light” that marks it now.

PennDOT would like a formal request along with a statement of financial commitment to study if the light is warranted. Township Engineer Greg Geishauser has asked an engineer who specializes in these studies to come and conduct an engineering traffic study to determine if a signal is warranted, as the cost is high to investigate and change the intersection to a stop signal.

Dilling said the township should look into grants to secure money for the project because it is a “danger that needs to be addressed.”

The township will tar and chip the following roads: Stonerook, Halter Creek, Shawnee, England, Thompson, Burkettown and Keith Street.

The township has been advised by its solicitor to discontinue plowing spots that are not owned by the township. This means the township will no longer be plowing the school bus turnarounds at Burkettown Road or Frederick Road.

The next regular supervisor meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at the township office.

 

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