Chadds Ford requesting speed limit changes

There’s no timetable or even a guarantee that a change will happen, but Chadds Ford Township will be asking PennDOT to lower the speed limit on a handful of roads. Supervisors, during their May 4 meeting, authorized township Manager Amanda Serock to make the request.

Should PennDOT agree, the speed limits on Webb, Harvey, Ridge and Ring roads — state-operated roads —will be reduced to 25 mph.

Additionally, Serock will ask PennDOT to consider lowering the speed limits on Smithbridge and Brinton’s Bridge roads, though township engineer Mike Schneider said traffic volume on those streets don’t warrant a speed reduction.

Resident Susan Darrell, whose home is on Brinton’s Bridge, said that if PennDOT doesn’t want to lower the speed limit on the entire length of Brinton’s Bridge from Creek Road all the way to Route 202, the township should ask if the limit could be dropped between Five Points at Oakland Road and Route 202. She said that stretch becomes a speedway by motorists trying to beat the light at 202.

Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy said the township would first ask for the speed limit to be lowered the entire length, but ask for the shorter stretch to be considered if PennDOT declines to lower the limit all the way from Creek Road.

In conjunction with those requests, the township will be considering an amendment to Chapter 125 of township code dealing with vehicles and traffic.

The idea behind such an amendment, according to Murphy, would be to allow supervisors to make changes to speed limits on township-owned roads by resolution, not amendment, “as they do in other places.” He said it’s a matter of safety.

Other business

• During the meeting, supervisors conducted a conditional use hearing for Concordville Subaru. The dealership plans to move to the east side of Route 202 in Concord Township, a plan Concord supervisors approved on May 3. Chadds Ford is involved because the entrance to the dealership and a stormwater basin are in Chadds Ford.

Ingress and egress will be right in/right out only and engineer Charles Dobson said there would be enough buffer plantings to obscure the stormwater basin from sight.

The board is scheduled to give its decision at 5:45 p.m. on May 10. Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Samantha Reiner told attorney Lee Steivale, representing the dealership, “There’s no opposition to the project.”

The delay is to give township solicitor Mike Maddren time to add some conditions to the resolution based on the hearing testimony.

• The board voted to award the 2016 road program contract to Innovative Construction Services. Innovative was the lowest of five bidders. The contract is for $141,634. Work will include paving Carriage Path Lane and part of Bullock Road, repair two inlets and a gutter on Carriage Path.

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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