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Reduce Speeding Traffic on Washington Lane

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Over the last several years, the speed and amount of traffic traveling both northbound and southbound on Washington Lane near the intersection of Robin Hood Lane in Meadowbrook / Abington Pennsylvania has increased dramatically. A survey done by the Abington Police over a 24 hour period in September 2018 indicated that more than half of the 1806 vehicles traveling on Washington Lane exceeded the speed limit of 35 MPH, 270 vehicles exceeded 45 MPH and were ticketable, and two exceeded 60 MPH. This is unacceptable for several reasons.

  • School buses pick up and drop off children at the corner of Robin Hood and Washington Lanes. Many of the children cross Washington Lane at that point, but while there is a stop sign on Robin Hood Lane, there is neither a stop sign nor a crosswalk on Washington Lane at that intersection, creating a dangerous situation for the children.
  • Many people cross Washington Lane to walk their dogs or children in strollers along Robin Hood, creating slow moving targets.
  • Those who live along Washington Lane and must step into the street to retrieve mail from their mailboxes, or pull their cars out of their driveways risk accidents caused by traffic that will not or cannot slow down in time.
  • The value of the homes along Washington Lane is significantly lower than similar homes on side streets because potential buyers do not want to live on a busy street.

One of the reasons that traffic is so fast and heavy on Washington Lane is because it is a straight, downhill run for 0.8 miles from Welsh Road to Meadowbrook Road without a stop sign. Additionally, because of this, the percentage of commercial traffic has increased dramatically. These range from small commercial vans and pickups to dump trucks, cement trucks, and even a tour bus.

The Abington Township Police claim that nothing can be done because,

  • Guidelines don't allow for stop signs to be used to control traffic speed.
  • An insufficient number of accidents have been reported to justify controlling the situation.
  • It is a "through street."

We would like to respectfully petition the Abington Township Commission to authorize the installation of a 3 way stop sign and a crosswalk at the intersection of Washington Lane and Robin Hood Lane to limit traffic speed and volume, and to increase the safety of the intersection.

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