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Buckingham residents vent Swamp Road frustrations

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Several residents who live on or near Swamp Road in Buckingham Township raised concerns about the road during public comment at the June 22 township supervisors meeting.

Swamp Road residents Jason and Lyndsay Martin said excessive speeding on the road once led to a vehicle crashing through the front of their house. Breaking down in tears, Lyndsay read a letter from the Martin children which, among other points, recounted how they are afraid to live in the house.

Jason and Lyndsay urged township officials to better enforce the 40 mph speed limit on the road, which is a PennDOT highway. Township Manager Dana Cozza responded that police have done several special “speed details” on the road, and Supervisor Jon Forest added that Swamp Road is part of regular daily patrols for township police.

“The police are there every day, but that doesn’t mean you will always see them,” he said.

Other residents talked about potholes and other conditions they consider unsafe on Swamp Road.

Supervisor Maggie Rash said she and other board members have spoken with state legislators representing Buckingham and taken other steps to try to improve the situation. Cozza added she is trying to arrange a meeting with PennDOT officials.

“We are coming at this from every point we can,” Rash said.

Board Chairman Paul Calderaio recommended that as many residents as possible speak frequently to their state legislators and PennDOT officials.

“We will continue to do our part, but sometimes we actually have less effect than multiple residents calling,” he said.

In other news from the June 22 meeting, the supervisors announced that the free family fun Thursday night concert series has resumed at Hansell Park, Route 413 and Hansell Road, and will continue through July 28.

The concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. They are subject to cancellation because of rain, and residents wondering about the status of a concert on any particular Thursday can check the township website, buckinghampa.org, or call 215-794-8834.

Board members also granted developers’ requests for extensions of time to complete improvements on three projects. The Sotter Hill Lot 5 project was extended to June 23, 2023; the Leaver-Cable Funeral Home to July 25, 2023 and the Covenant Presbyterian Church II-A project to July 26, 2023.

During a work session meeting just prior to the regular meeting, the supervisors heard an update on a proposed new building that would house a gymnasium and science center at Buckingham Friends School on York Road in the Lahaska part of the township. No vote was taken.


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