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Supervisors Discuss Traffic Safety On Goshen Road After Recent Fatal Crash

Newtown Township Board of Supervisors authorized the township manager to execute a letter to PennDOT in regards to implementing a traffic control device by Goshen Road and Crum Creek Lane.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–In the wake of the , the Board of Supervisors discussed traffic safety concerns on Goshen Road at Monday night's supervisors meeting.

Joseph Coffey, of Willistown Township, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Goshen Road, a state-owned road, is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) including the resurfacing and repaving of the road.

Supervisor George Wood, who resides by the scene of the crash off of Echo Valley Lane and Goshen Road, suggested placing a stop sign on Goshen Road by Echo Valley going westbound.

"There have been two fatalities on Goshen Road at that point and a number of accidents that occurred there." –Supervisor George Wood

According to Wood, many of the accidents have ended up on his property. "All of those accidents are tragic but they occur, I believe, because as you round that curve and you're going downhill you pick up speed where you wouldn't otherwise if you're on flat surface or going uphill."

John Custer, a resident who also lives off of Echo Valley Lane and Goshen Road, attested to Wood's concern on that particular location of the roadway.

"I don't think it's a bad idea at all," shared Custer in regards to placing a stop sign. "I've lived there a little longer than George [Wood] has and I remember several more fatalities at that particular intersection. I would be in favor of that opportunity to help slow traffic down. I don't know if PennDOT would go for it but I think we should recommend it if there's any possibility that would happen."

Township Manager Mike Trio responded that it is "very unusual" for PennDOT to approve that type of stop movement on a road designated as through traffic with no other intersection, but assured that he would discuss the issue with the Newtown police chief and traffic safety.

According to Supervisor John Nawn, a licensed traffic engineer, any type of stop sign or traffic signal must meet certain warrants with a full-on traffic engineering study and analysis.

"Based on my knowledge of the roadway and simple knowledge of the regulations, I would give it less than one-tenth of 1 percent chance that we could get a stop sign on Goshen Road," stated Nawn. "It's a through highway. There's not enough traffic coming out of Echo Valley to warrant the signal. I don't know the accident history there but the accident threshold is fairly high in order to get any type of traffic control device just strictly based on accident."

However, Nawn said it would be more likely that PennDOT would be "more willing" to approve a warning sign by the location than a stop sign. If the township did receive approval for a warning sign, Nawn said it would be the township's responsibility to maintain that sign as well as incur the costs for that sign such as electricity.

Nawn recommended that Trio include the township's concern over the traffic safety of Goshen Road and the possibility of warning sign at the location of Goshen Road and Echo Valley Lane in a letter to PennDOT.

Mark J Walsh April 24, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I think they need to focus on getting the road repaved first. From 252 to Boot Rd is horrible. There are huge potholes and cracks all over the place. I am sure if you hit one going fast enough it could cause a crash.
Jennifer Kim (Editor) April 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Hi Mark, Goshen Road is actually part of the 2012-2013 PennDOT repaving/remilling plan. Construction is estimated to begin July 1.
MerionManor April 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Agree fix the road, and the reason PenDOT most likely will not place a stop sign there is they know what they are doing, and accidents are just that, accidents. We cannot go around idiot proofing roadways, I certainly don't want a stop sign there. Finally, having the stop sign is not the de facto answer to putting an end to all accidents at that location.
Sam Strike (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I agree that a stop sign might not be the best traffic calming measurement for this road. There are many options to consider.
Elizabeth V June 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Stop sign is definitely needed.....you obviously didn't lose a parent or child in a what you are calling an "accident". Safety measures are put into place to protect people as well as the environment, not for our convenience or to slow down our lives and our own agendas! Get real!

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