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Haycock fatality spurs concern for intersection

In the aftermath of a Sept. 5 crash on Old Bethlehem Road, at its intersection with Saw Mill Road in Haycock Township, a multi-faceted effort is underway toward requesting PennDOT to reconsider revising regulation for the intersection and the thoroughfare.
The accident claimed the life of a 21-year old and severely injured his father. As of Sept. 9, the accident was still under investigation by state police.
At their Sept. 8 public meeting, township supervisors and their roadmaster conducted a discussion introduced by a business owner, accompanied by a resident who is also located near the intersection, about their long-running concern about a hazardous condition there. In particular, they maintained that the hazard has gotten worse since Old Bethlehem Road, long plagued by potholes, was resurfaced a couple of years ago.
Participants in the discussion were unanimous in their belief that the resurfacing had invited increased speed by motorists, observed as much greater than the 40 mph limit, which had already been reduced from 45 mph.
In addition, they strongly suspected that a dramatic increase in truck traffic had resulted from GPS input advising new desirability for the road. They noted some drivers also were speeding, and in many cases also significantly exceeded the 13-ton weight limit on a bridge there. They were convinced the result of the Sept. 5 crash would have been different had the striking vehicle been traveling at lower speed.
Preliminary suggestions included further lowering the speed limit, and especially making the present two-way stop signage into a four-way. At present, the result of previous appeals was said to have been only warning signage, on Old Bethlehem, of a hill blocking view of the intersection, and that there is an intersection coming.
In addition, frustration was noted about pedestrian crossings signs previously being rejected, while hidden driveway signs were realized. In any case, concerns were also voiced about how effective enforcement of any changes could be accomplished, given enforcement staffing limitations.
In addition to formal communications from the township, a petition is in the works in the community, and special efforts are to be made to engage assistance from the community’s state representative and state senator.
In addition to contacting PennDOT, there were to be efforts toward the state authority that governs enforcement of truck weight limits.