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Haycock Township asks for accident prevention measures

Crash on Mountain View Road claimed three young lives in June


Shaken by a horrific fatal crash on Mountain View Road (Route 563) that claimed three young lives and threatened a fourth, Haycock Township residents are asking state officials to consider “updated safety measures” in the vicinity of the site, near the main entrance to Nockamixon State Park, that might help prevent any future accidents.
Meanwhile, official investigation of the June 4 accident to date has not revealed any such cause and effect.
Following a plea for action by family members at the Sept. 7 public board of supervisors meeting, township Zoning Officer Andrea Sylvestri sent a letter to Nockamixon State Park headquarters, addressed to its officials and their superiors in the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), asking for consideration of “updated safety measures along this state road that will aid drivers who are traveling at night and may not be familiar with the area.”
In particular, the letter asks if new lighting might be “attached to objects already in place on the property, keeping in mind that PennDOT would need to be consulted to install anything in the right of way of traffic” on the state road.

On the same day, a separate letter to PennDOT from roadmaster Dave Long, on behalf of township supervisors, requested “performance of a safety study” in the vicinity of the accident site, noting that “the change in traffic pattern in this area may have been a contributing factor in the crash.”
In particular, Long asked if “any new or updated safety measures could be provided, including signage and roadway markings, as this area transitions from a two-lane roadway into right and left turning lanes, with a widened roadway width, at this location.”
In a conversation after the meeting, township Secretary-Treasurer Chris Bauer noted that township officials recognized that adding lighting for the entire roadway from Route 412 to Route 313 was not feasible.