Thursday, April 11, 2013
Traffic over the Skippack Creek bridge on Route 73, located just east of Old Forty Foot Road, will not be detoured during the year of construction.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and engineers are currently in the design stages of rebuilding Skippack Pike Bridge over the Skippack Creek in the Evansburg State Park, and they met with residents to discuss the plans and solicit public feedback. “The biggest concern from residents was about construction staging,” said engineer and project manager Jeff Griffiths, of HNTB Companies. There will be no detours while the bridge constructions is completed, according to Griffiths and PennDOT project manager Judith Arena – lanes will be closed, but access will remain. The bridge will remain similar to what is there currently, with the possible addition of sidewalks across the bridge for pedestrians entering Skippack …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Representatives from PennDOT will be on hand to discuss the project.
A public meeting regarding the Skippack Pike Bridge Replacement will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. a the Skippack Township Building on Heckler Road. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is holding the meeting, to discuss the construction, which will occur over Skippack Creek, just past the intersection of Old Forty Foot Road and Skippack Pike in Evansburg State Park. The project is in preliminary design phases currently, and the purpose of the meeting is to update residents on the status of the design, and to gather public input on the proposed work and traffic control.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Reports says PA law changes made in 2012 are helping.
Sunday, April 7
While accidents are up, changes to the state's driving laws seem to be improving the loss of teens' lives with stricter rules about passenger limitations and expanded training hours for teen drivers. "While overall highway deaths increased in Pennsylvania last year, teen driver fatalities decreased during what was the first full year of a tougher state law," said an article in the Times Herald. According to the article, Pennsylvania’s 16- and 17-year-old driver fatalities "dropped to 44 last year, 22 fewer than in 2011, according to crash data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation." In Montgomery County, 44 people died in crashes last year. There were 8,397 crashes reported in Montgomery County during 2012, according …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Year-old texting-while-driving ban nets Pa. over 1,300 tickets.
It's only been a year, but 111 people in Montgomery County have already felt the burn. On March 8, 2012, the new Pennsylvania law took effect – no longer could drivers in the Commonwealth text and drive. In the year since, over 1,300 tickets have been issued to drivers in the state, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic. Of those tickets, 40 percent were issued in the Greater Philadelphia area. Where did Montgomery County stack up? Area residents netted their fair share of offenses. In the last 365 days, 111 tickets were issued to Montco drivers for texting while driving. According to Philly.com, AAA spokespersons think the higher local average has most to due with volume. "The high percent of citations issued in Philadelphia and its suburbs …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A new PennDOT database helps police, fire, and EMS workers reach your loved ones when you can't.
Thursday, January 31
A new PennDOT website allows Pa. drivers to provide emergency contact information for a family member or friend in the event that they are incapacitated or unable to communicate with emergency responders. To log in to the site, drivers need to enter their Pa. driver license number, their date of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Once entered by the driver license holder, the information resides in an online database that is only accessible to law enforcement and other emergency personnel. In the event of a crash or other emergency, those personnel can retrieve the emergency contact information for a person designated by the driver's license holder.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Benjamin Kane is being charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with the October Turnpike crash that killed West Norriton man Michael SanFelice.
According to The Times Herald, 34-year-old Benjamin Joseph Kane waived his Wednesday hearing in an Oreland district court and charges of vehicular manslaughter, aggravated assault ond others were held in connection with the Oct. 22, 2012 Turnpike crash that took the life of PennDOT worker Michael SanFelice. Kane, of West Conshohocken, is accused of crashing his truck into a work zone on the Turnpike and killing 66-year-old Michael SanFelice, of West Norriton, who was working on the scene. According to the Herald, prosecutors may argue that Kane, who was operating with a suspended license at the time of the crash, was texting on his cell phone at the time of the accident. Kane's arraignment is reportedly scheduled for March. Read more about…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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 …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Drivers licenses, safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31 have been extended until Nov. 15
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Information provided by PennDOT: Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today announced that effective today, PennDOT has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations. The expiration date for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire between Oct. 26, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. These extensions apply for customers statewide. For more information on driver licensing or motor vehicle …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A look at the injunction against the Voter ID Law.
Judge Robert Simpson issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday morning, halting certain aspects of the Voter ID Law from impacting the November presidential election. While the decision does not repeal the law that requires citizens to show photo identification to vote, if upheld, the ruling allows registered voters to cast ballots without an ID. To issue an injunction on the law, Simpson was tasked to consider two questions—does the issuance of IDs "comport with liberal access" that the General Assembly required, and will no voter disenfranchisement exist if the law is implemented this fall? Liberal Access? In returning the case to Simpson, the commonwealth's Supreme Court said then-current procedures were "contrary" to liberal access—a …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Committee of Seventy claims the new county IDs will cause 'chaos' at polls; Montgomery County says poll workers will be trained to recognize Parkhouse-issued IDs.
As the state's controversial Voter ID law began its latest judicial review Tuesday, Montgomery County said it was preparing to train the county's poll workers to recognize and accept a new county-issued form of identification that it expects to begin distributing to registered voters next week. Exploiting an apparent loophole in the wording of the law that allows "care facilities" to distribute valid photo identification, the county plans to issue ID cards to any eligible county resident under the auspices of the Parkhouse nursing care facility in Upper Providence Township. Service locations, documentation requirements, and other specific implementation details of the county's plan are expected later this week, but one area civic group …