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Township Creates Traffic Task Force

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

One of the biggest issues facing Whitpain is the headache of traffic.

The Township's geographic position as the "Crossroads of Montgomery County" means that it deals with both east-west and north-south traffic that is moving through the county. To address some issues that come with traffic and traffic safety, the Township has formed a Traffic Task Force.

This Task Force consists of police officers, engineers, public works employees, and administrative staff who comprehensively analyze and address traffic concerns.

"The root cause of our traffic issues come from the lack of capacity on Routes 202 and 73," said Township Manager Roman Pronczak. "As traffic backs-up on these main roadways, frustrated motorists look for shortcuts through our residential roadways which are not designed to handle the volume of traffic."

PennDOT plans to go out to bid for the expansion of 202 and 73 next year or in early 2018. Once this project is completed, residents will see welcomed relief in traffic delays. In the meantime, the Traffic Task Force will seek to address traffic issues while we wait for major relief.

"The long-term solution to our traffic problems is state-funded roadways improvements," said Mr. Pronczak. "However, in the short term, the Township can address issues like signage, traffic signal timing, and enhanced enforcement."

If you have a specific traffic issue or suggestion, please click here to email the Traffic Task Force.

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Water Main Replacement

Fri, Aug 12th, 2016

Crews from Pennsylvania American Water will begin a scheduled water main replacement project in portions of the Township on Monday, August 15.

The following stretches of roadway will be impacted:

- Yost Road from Whitwood Drive to North Wales Road
- Pulaski Drive from Lafayette Way to Clearview Avenue
- Clearview Avenue from Pulaski Drive to Township Line Road
- Penllyn Blue Bell Pike from Township Line Road to Stenton Avenue

There will be intermittent lane restrictions and possible road closures. Work will be done under traffic control with flaggers in the area.

Emergency vehicles, deliveries, and residents will have access to homes during the work.

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Wissahickon Park Planning Continues

Thu, Aug 11th, 2016

The Board of Supervisors was updated last week on the community partnership that is working to reopen Wissahickon Park in Whitpain's West Ambler Village Area.

The park was closed in 1984 because of concern about the potential risk associated with what became known as the BoRit Asbestos Site. Ever since, the Township's goal has been to reopen the park as soon as the health and safety of the community could be assured. Later this year, EPA will complete its Removal Action and issue a proposed plan for the site's long-term remedial solution.

EPA and the Township remain confident that with careful planning, a community park is compatible with the work being completed. The routine maintenance and oversight required in the restored park will eliminate potential exposure pathways and enhance the permanent remedial solution.

Click here for updated information on the project and the latest renderings

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Make It A Safe Back To School Season

Sat, Aug 20th, 2016

The new school year is almost here. The Police Department reminds everyone to be extra careful as students return to sidewalks and buses return to streets.

Here are some "Back To School" safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

School Bus Safety
- The greatest danger involving school buses isn't riding a bus: it's the school bus stop. Make certain there's six feet (three big steps) between a child and the curb. Teach children about the "danger zone" of a bus - 10 feet in front, behind and on each side of the bus.

Pedestrian Safety
- Teach children to look left, right and then left again before crossing a street. Use sidewalks and crosswalks to be visible to drivers. Have your child walk with an adult or with a group of children whenever possible.

The start of school is a great time to talk to children about safety. Take a few minutes and stress the importance of being safe.

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PECO Grant To Help Fund Trail Development

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

The Township has received a $10,000 grant from PECO Energy as part of the PECO Green Region program.

The grant will be used to help fund a board walk and stepping stones as part of the Wentz Run Trail to the state champion Pignut Hickory tree.

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