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June 25, 2014

Motorists raise safety concerns about Monroe Township intersection

— SELINSGROVE — Several minor accidents at the Mill, App and Airport roads intersection have raised alarms among motorists and residents, prompting two local government leaders to reach out to Monroe Township supervisors.

State Rep. Fred Keller, R-85 of Kreamer, and Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk separately contacted the supervisors in late May and early June after receiving complaints from constituents.

Derk said several residents in the area and people who had been involved in minor accidents have called him to complain about the busy and dangerous intersection.

“It does look like a problem area,” Derk said.

Because the state Department of Transportation will conduct a study only at the request of the municipality where the road is located, Keller and Derk turned to the supervisors.

On June 2, the supervisors made a formal request and PennDOT replied three days later that it would be reviewing the traffic volume, crash history and geometry of the intersection. A report is expected in early July.

Assistant Traffic Engineer William Houpt said Tuesday that PennDOT is studying the township’s request for a multi-way stop at the intersection.

Supervisor David Heimbach operates a farm near the intersection and does not favor a four-way stop sign, which he fears would cause even more pileups.

“People drive past the farm, texting with a cigarette in their mouth,” he said.

To slow distracted motorists and drivers unfamiliar with the route, Heimbach said he’d prefer warning signs or rumble strips leading to the intersection.

Township Chairman Dean Davis said the intersection has been a trouble spot for some time — particularly since a portion of Mill Road was rebuilt in 2005 to accommodate the extension of the Penn Valley Airport runway.

The most recent study at the site was conducted in 2005 in regard to a sight distance issue, Houpt said.

Though it was above the minimum requirement, PennDOT removed an embankment to improve motorists view.

 

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