Speed limit changes on Route 1

The Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation has agreed to lower the speed limit along parts of Route 1 in
Pennsbury Township. Township Manager Kathy Howley made the announcement during
the township’s Dec. 15 Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

Howley said the speed limit would
be lowered to 45 mph from 55 mph between the Brandywine Creek and Old Baltimore
Pike. The speed limit will remain 55 mph the rest of the length of Route 1
through the township.

In addition, left turns will be
prohibited onto Route 1 from Hickory Hill Drive and Constitution Drive during
morning and afternoon rush hours.

Howley said PennDOT is preparing to
erect the signs reflecting the changes.

Supervisor Aaron McIntyre said
he thought it odd that the speed limit should be kept at 55 mph through the
area of Route 1 where there are traffic lights, but lowered in the area where
the roadway is wide open.

“Maybe we can use this as a
justification letter to reduce the speed along the rest of Route 1,” he said.

The action follows a
request for changes by residents after an October traffic accident at Route 1
and Constitution Drive in which
two people were injured.

In another announced change,
Howley said parking would be prohibited on McFadden Road. PennDOT is also
preparing those signs.

Other business:

• Howley announced that the
annual reorganization meeting would be 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3. The supervisors’ regular
meeting schedule will remain as it has been, with meetings held the third
Wednesday of the month except for February and March. The February meeting will
be the second Monday, Feb. 14. The March meeting will be held March 23, the
fourth Wednesday of that month.

• Supervisors passed the 2011
budget. The spending plan is balanced with anticipated revenues and expenses
expected to be $1,185,782.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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