UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS
Concerns about ever-worsening traffic on Route 100/29 once again dominated discussion at the Sept. 18 Upper Milford supervisors' meeting. Exacerbating the problem is the fact PennDOT is unlikely to address the issue any time in the foreseeable future.
Township Manager Daniel DeLong noted improvements to the road were on PennDOT's 12-year plan as many as 20 years ago, but the agency's priorities have shifted.
Traffic is particularly bad at the intersection of the state road and Shimerville Road.
Chairman Robert Sentner said he will ask planning coordinator Brian Miller and the planning commission to look into possible solutions. "We need to think outside the box," he said.
One minor fix, he said, would be to trim the bushes at the intersection so cars can get around other vehicles trying to turn left.
"Another lane is really the only solution," DeLong said, but would be a problem because there are historic buildings on all four corners.
Resident James Krippe suggested a jughandle intersection which would leave the buildings intact. Supervisor Daniel Mohr said the option was investigated several years ago, but would involve condemning some properties.
"Why is the township even discussing improving a PennDOT road?" resident Phil Casey asked. He said PennDOT should bear the expense of any improvements.
But Sentner responded waiting for PennDOT to improve it would be fruitless. "We're not on PennDOT's priority list."
In other action, supervisors approved hiring an Emmaus High School student to work as an intern in the public works department, as part of the vocational-technical school's school-to-career program. The student, Carl Fegley, would be paid minimum wage.
"I'm all for it," Sentner said, praising the school to career program. The board agreed, approving the hire unanimously.
Supervisors also promised resident David Lindstrom they would check on the status of the township's emergency management plan. Lindstrom said it's been two years since work on updating the plan began.