PENNDOT, Does Someone Have to Die Before You Act?

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If I have to do little videos of this intersection once a week I think I will do it at this point. PENNDot knows this intersection sucks. They have studied it long enough to have a Doctorate of Intersection.

I think State Rep. Greg Vitali needs to take more of an interest, a personal interest...after all I hate when I feel like I am getting the political fluff off, and that is the way his staff makes me feel. It's not that they are rude, they just seem disinterested...I can tell they don't think this has any importance. I understand Greg Vitali has his enviromental initiatives and that seems to be pretty much all he is interested in, but I don't think this part of his district has ever made rigorous demands on him over the years, have they? So why not take the time for it? Right?

And I have also not heard back yet from anyone in State Senator Daylin Leach's office on this, and to be honest that is very surprising, so maybe people are on vacation or whatever?

State Rep. Tim Brigg's office has been very responsive and have been in contact with PENNDot - and they are doing this for the Lower Merion residents affected by this intersection - remember this intersection is in the 5th ward of Haverford Township, Delaware County ---- which again puts it in Greg Vitali's lap.

Commissioners Jeff Heillman (HT) and Scott Zelov (LMT) are concerned about this intersection and are trying to get people moving, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to PENNDot and if they give a crap. I say they don't give a crap because they could have done things about this intersection YEARS ago.

And somehow I don't think our governor of the wandering eye will be of any help as he is I am sure busy trying to deny rumors of yet another affair- but then again, they have been talking about Rendell and his "large" appetites since he was D.A. One would think either his wife is immune or they have an open marriage? But hey, maybe if we stand Dr. Kirstin Snow at the intersection, more in Harrisburg will take notice?

I will keep on writing about this intersection at Penn Street and Lancaster Ave until something is done besides vague promises of "we'll look into it". It's time. To me human life does have value. And again, I want to thank NBC10 for giving this so much attention the other day. It's terrific of them.

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No doubt PennDOT is dropping the ball as we do not even know what they are doing (if anything), but trying to communicate with a state bureaucracy (even through your elected representatives), is like trying to get blood from a stone.

Does Haverford Township have no control over signs and the traffic light at the intersection? If not, why not - even if it Lancaster is a "state highway"?

Does Lower Merion Township have no control over how cars come speeding up to the intersection from down by Wendy's on the LMT side?

Is this just another example of passing the buck and nobody elected to represent us wanting to take the time to deal with the snails pace of government bureaucracy? It’s not as if Briggs and Leach are so swamped with work that they can't get more involved. They have very cushy jobs that do not demand very much of their time compared to real working Pennsylvanians.

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If the problem is drivers speeding and not obeying traffic signals (which is a problem on the Main Line not just this intersection) how would modifying this intersection help? Seems like there is a need for better police enforcement here.

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bc59,

There are bad drivers all over the Main Line. But a lot of the accidents seem to occur with thru traffic competing with turners, etc, so arrows would help. And a short distance light to break up the speedway, errr...straightaway between Penn and Booth. Do intersections like this need more enforcement? Yes they do. But where do you get the manpower? But now that you bring it up, usually when you see an officer around here it is responding to an accident. So in response, honestly, this intersection needs BOTH: enforcement and improvement. I also wonder if the pedestrian lights (the white light guy) can be made like the intersection at Lancaster & Bryn Mawr Ave? Where ALL traffic stops when pedestrians cross? There is at least one blind person crossing a few times a day at Penn & Lancaster.

I will note that Tim Briggs' office has been the most responsive on a state level to date. I have surprisingly heard nothing from Daylin's office and still feel like Greg Vitali's office has given me the political fluff off. I find that annoying.

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There is at least one blind person crossing a few times a day at Penn & Lancaster.

If I might reoffer a suggestion as to how I think you might get the quickest action on this. Admittedly, I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer and I certainly don't intend this as criticism of the efforts you have made so far since I greatly admire all that you do to make the community better. Instead, I offer this strategic approach because I have personally had it work like magic for a neighbor and myself in the past.(PECO, dangerous utility pole w/transformer, potential explosion, PCBs)

The ,"blind pedestrian crossing" sign and sight-impaired traffic signal at that intersection set it apart from all other dangerous intersections in the area that PennDOT has received complaints about, and there are likely many.

PennDOT is PennDOT and likely has an unofficial system in place to blow off complaints. 'They've studied it. Statistically, accident reports show this intersection to be no more dangerous than X number of others with similar traffic flow, their resources are more limited than ever, blah, blah, blah.' So they believe they've CYA'd themselves sufficiently.

And let's face it, priorities are priorities. When an intersection must be made safer in order for an entity like Main Line Health Realty Trust to expand it's medical-related real estate development and market-rate parking business interests, where else would you expect the money to go?

The existence of the blind person lends a whole new perspectve though. Whether or not this person is still in the area, PennDOT has knowledge of that person in their files. Being a State highway, they no doubt installed the chirping traffic signal. Even if that were not the case, from reading of past issues where the Township seeks to install a signal at a TWP intersection or just change a speed limit, install speed bumps, etc., anything of the sort must receive approval from PennDOT before the Township can do it.

Now from my point of view, even if the blind person is standing 'safely' on the sidewalk, cars careening out of control after impact, and flying debris present an extreme danger to that individual, potentially lethal. They lack the visual ability that other pedestrians have to get out of the way before it's too late.

So ultimately, PennDOT 'knows' this person is in extreme danger on a daily basis. So even if they have CYA'd themselves with all the other intersections, they sure as heck have not with this one. Far from it.

The National Federation for the Blind in Pennsylvania www.nfbp.org or NBC10 would seem just the ones to 'remind' PennDOT of the attendant realities and suggest they do something about it pronto or else......

JMHO. Take it for what's it's worth.

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I am hearing they are going to try to fluff this off on the ACME project that hasn't happened yet. I mean come on! Potentially we have Harcum leasing the OMGC school building which will add more pedestrians at a bare minimum. If you agree this intersection needs improvement please contact your elected officials today. We need this intersection addressed now, not at some vague yet to be determined point in the future.

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