Merchants of Skippack to Request Speed Limit Reduction on Rt. 73

The group is petitioning Skippack Township and PennDOT to reduce the speed limit in Skippack Village to 25 mph.

The Merchants of Skippack Association  are asking residents to sign a petition requesting that Skippack Township and PennDOT reduce the speed limit on Rt. 73 in Skippack Village.

The group, made up of local business owners, have cited dangers to shoppers, as a pedestrian was recently struck in the area.

Merchants of Skippack are asking that the speed limit be reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph on Rt. 73 between Rt. 113 and Voit Drive.

"It is the experience of the Merchants of Skippack that the current speed limit of 35 mph is far too high and, in fact, encourages motorists to speed through our neighborhood at rates of 40-50mph, routinely," the petition states.

"Drivers typically speed through the populated business district which includes tourist, local residents, senior citizens, handicapped and disabled individuals, and children of all ages who are trying to cross route 73."

According to PennDOT, the first step in lowering the speed limit on a state-run road, such as Rt. 73,  is to petition a local municipality, who then can request an engineering and traffic study to be done by PENNDOT.

According to Skippack Township staff, this concern has been a topic of discussion, but the township has not received a request from the Merchants of Skippack yet.

To date, 150 residents have signed the peition.

Brittany Tressler (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
A Facebook reader says " 35 mph works for me! When there are a lot of pedestrians about ... I slow down to 25 mph. IMO Skippack self regulates based on the amount of activity. They should put a few OVERHEAD pedestrian crosswalks in if they are really serious about pedestrian safety. So many pedestrians are too lazy to actually cross in the marked cross walks where I "by law" have to stop and yield for them .... which I do! Whatever happened to the 73 bypass plans around Skippack? At 5 pm on workdays the traffic barely moves at 10 mph through Skippack!! Skippack is a retailer planned bottleneck just like New Hope PA."
Brittany Tressler (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Another says "35MPH is too fast for the town!! 35 means people drive 40-45.... It's very scary walking on the sidewalks. Even though there are yield to pedestrian signs SO many drivers ignore it! I think there needs to be flashers or some sort of bigger reminder that pedestrians have the right!! I'm all for and encourage lowering the speed!!"
A.S. November 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Reducing the speed limit does absolutely nothing, cause there will always be one bad driver in the bunch. Case in point...school zones! The majority go over the posted 15mph...so what will accomplish by lowering the speed limit? Over head cross walks is a step in the right direction, and if you really want to tick off the residents of Skippack, install speed bumps.
David Levenson November 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I try to go ~30 while driving through but it's frustrating when a person behind you is trying to push to go faster. People don't realize just how dangerous it can be when the bar crowd gets out or it's Skippack Days. Speed 'humps' would be another good idea.
Ann Hankins November 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Not certain how anyone is doing 40 or 45 thru Skippack other than very early in the morning when there IS no pedestrian traffic. Maybe it's just the time of the day I go though, usually mid to late afternoons but it's impossible to go FASTER than the posted speed limit. I'm all for keeping the shoppers safe via a lower posted speed but there really should be some though given to a designated pedestrian crossing or two in town which should be just as enforced as any traffic law.
Sugaree November 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Most of us that commute through Skippack everyday AVOID going through the village. It moves VERY slowly through there. Go ahead, lower it to 25 mph, you can't get through there much faster than that anyway. If your going to ask for a traffic study in that area, do something about how the lights are timed further down at Bustard Rd, and perhaps consider a left turn arrow east bound. It is because of that light that the traffic backs up in the first place.
Laura November 28, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I avoid that route unless I am going shopping there and it's scary trying to cross the streets even in the crosswalks. 18 wheelers squeezing down the street - it's awful. Hope they don't hire the fools who re-designed Rt29 and Main Street if they do make changes.
Green Wolf's Village Barn Shoppes November 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Thank you Brittney for bringing to attention the severity of this issue to your followers. We greatly appreciate your support and invite everyone to to please sign the petition and leave a comment as this will to help us inform officials the severity of this safety issue. Thank you for your help in keeping our beloved village safe for all those who visit. Sincerely, Craig Wolf
Laura November 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Where do I sign the petiton to NOT lower to speed limit??? It's already ridiculous to drive through the Village with gawkers stopping and starting as they try to look at all the shops - get out and walk around already! It's the way they are driving, all distracted, not the speed limit that is dangerous. It already takes forever to get through that section and it will be crazy if we reduce the speed limit. Let's make the pedestrians use the cross walks they installed, at a pretty penny I'm sure, instead of just crossing any-old-where like they do now.
Nancy November 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
A speed bump at entrance & exit of village, so travelers know to slow down...then random speed traps by state police to enforce. After receiving a couple tickets, offenders will get on the right track. It could work too, to close it down during peak events -works for July 4th parade!
CautiousFromCreamery January 12, 2013 at 02:14 AM
in my opinion, it isn't safe to go much above 25 through there anyway and i don't care who is on my bumper. i'll drive safe and not hit people, thank you.


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