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Speed limits coming to Cafferty Road


Moving forward in responding to resident complaints about speeding on Cafferty Road, Tinicum Township has authorized advertising an ordinance that would provide for new speed limit reductions on separate sections of the thoroughfare.

The ordinance especially addresses a presently unposted section, which creates an automatic 55 mph limit there.

The action was taken as a unanimous vote of the board of supervisors at their April 16 public meeting. The ordinance would create a speed limit of 35 mph on Cafferty, between Tory Road and a point three-tenths of a mile north of River Road (Route 32), where it drops to 25 mph.

During discussion, residents on Cafferty asked officials to consider further action on other parts of the road. They had prevIously called for action on the thoroughfare as especially needed due to its positon in a vicinity that is known as an attraction for seasonal visitors, and where they had observed speeding they estimated at over 70 mph.

Regarding the automatic 55 mph on an unposted road, Solicitor Stephen Harris explained that it applied to any rural road, unless there were exceptions created by circumstances such as the presence of a certain number of houses.

The ordinance preparation followed a recommendation from Township Engineer Tom Fountain, and a traffic study conducted by township police, in accordance with PennDOT regulations. The latter apply even though Cafferty is a township road. The ordinance also authorizes the township to “erect the required traffic control signs and devices necessary to identify” the new maximum speed limits.

Also at the April 16 meeting, Township Manager Terri Lewis praised Public Works Director Doug Skelton and his crew for completing in-house refurbishment of the township’s six-truck fleet. Of the four larger trucks, the oldest is a 1995 (24 years old) and the newest is only a 2003 (15 years old).

“The department saved the township more than $600,000 over the last couple of years,” she said. “Doug’s leadership was especially helpful in bringing together the different talents brought to the project by each member of the crew.”

Township police will be participating in the local Drug Take Back Event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 27, at Wehrung’s Lumber and Home Center on Easton Road (Route 611) in Ottsville.

The statewide event is billed locally as “the safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted drugs,” referring particularly to keeping them out of sewer systems. It is also regarded especially as helping to keep them out of the wrong hands.

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