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Doylestown supervisors support PennDOT 611 project


A pair of planned traffic roundabouts at the intersections of South Easton and New Britain roads, and at South Easton and Sauerman roads will benefit a lot of drivers, Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ken Snyder said last week.

The roundabouts on Easton Road are one step closer to reality, after the Doylestown Township Supervisors on Oct.15 voted 3-1 to not oppose PennDOT moving forward with the the project.

“There were two main factors the project was supported, Snyder explained. One, history of traffic accidents. Police Chief Dean Logan presented accident data before and after the intersection changes made several years ago. While the severity of accidents has reduced, the number of accidents has remained unchanged,” he said.

The other factor, Snyder said, is future township liability.

“Since 611 is a state road, and if the township did not support the project, and the roundabouts were not implemented, the township could be a defendant in future lawsuits if there were claims to arise from a lawsuit,”

Snyder, Supervisor Jennifer Herring and Supervisor Ryan Manion voted for the project. While Supervisor Rick Colello voted against the project.

Chairwoman Barbara N. Lyons was absent from the meeting.

Alternatives to roundabouts were explored and evaluated and PennDOT recommended roundabouts as the best solution.

PennDOT has said that motorists wouldn’t be able to move through the roundabout at more than 25 miles per hour.

But for Colello, roundabouts are only as good as the drivers who navigate them.

“We asked PennDOT to make safety improvements at these two intersections. The improvements were made and the accidents (Relatively minor and no fatalities) were reduced 50 percent down to six or seeven per year,” Colello said.

“I was against this proposed ‘solution’ by PennDOT a year and a half ago and I continue to oppose it. To divert over 14,000 cars a day during a one-year construction period onto other roads, Wells road for example, will be a tremendous burden for our residents. The six or seven impatient drivers of today will be impatient drivers during the construction period and impatient drivers after the roundabouts are constructed.”

The two roundabouts would replace the Y-shaped intersection. The roundabouts are proposed to help reduce speeding and accidents on the busy road.

A roundabout is a one-way, circular intersection where cars yield and merge.

The project would be paid for entirely with federal highway safety funds.

According to the project timeline, a public meeting on the roundabouts will be held in 2020. Final design will be completed in 2021, and the roundabouts are scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Construction will take 12 months, according to PennDOT.

“While we recognize the construction will be an inconvenience, but overall believe this is better for the future of the township,” Snyder said.