In 2012, PennDot finally put in 4-way stop signs at the intersection, along with a stop sign in the southbound lane of 896 just north, in order to slow down speeding traffic and make the corner safe for motorists.The stop signs, along with Route 896 speed bumps, flashing lights, and the multiple signage warning oncoming traffic of the impending stop signs, have worked wonders in improving the safety of this intersection. These traffic measures should have been undertaken DECADES ago by PennDot—they would have alleviated a lot of pain, heartache, headache and expense for many, many people!
According to Robert Ranieri, CISA Manager at the Pa Department of Transportation Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, there were NO reportable crashes from the date of the installation of the stop signs on April 17, 2012 through the end of the year. Data is incomplete and not reported yet for 2013, but as people who live here, with our front door staring at the intersection, we experienced no accidents at the 896/841 intersection last year.
PennDot now plans on installing an overhead traffic light at the intersection. In addition, PennDot may be planning to shave the hill just north of the corner to give greater visibility for motorists traveling southbound on 896. There may be turn lanes added to 896, long with roadwidening and removing the stop sign at Den Road--which worked to slow down the traffic. A PennDot engineering plan for this is due in summer.
THIS IS A BIG MISTAKE. Speed is the enemy on 896 and these PennDot so-called "improvements" will only lead us back to the days of serious crashes at the corner. Removing the stop sign at Den Road will make it again dangerous for residents leaving that development to get back onto Route 896. Shaving the hill will give way to high speeds with motorists racing to beat the green light at the intersection. We will be back to the days of high speed crashes and injuries---guaranteed.
The four way stop signs at the 841/896 intersection have worked miraculously and at low cost. The stop sign at Den Road has succeeded in slowing down traffic before the intersection. Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a solution to a problem that does not exist anymore.
How do you improve on ZERO reportable crashes?
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO KEEP THE STOP SIGNS AT Rt 896/841 AND AT Rt 896/DEN ROAD!